Lincoln Center Celebrates Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace

May 12th, 2011

On May 12, 2011, the family, friends and colleagues of the late Paul Milstein joined Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Chair Katherine Farley, President Reynold Levy, and Howard Milstein to formally dedicate the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace. Milstein’s widow, Irma, children Howard, Edward, Roslyn, Barbara, and their spouses were the honored guests.

Named in recognition of one of New York City’s great business and philanthropic leaders, this graceful feature is a celebration of Milstein’s lifelong generosity and commitment to building New York City and improving the lives of its residents.

Reynold Levy said, “The recent transformation of Lincoln Center would not have been possible without the support of Paul Milstein and his family. Their willingness to allow the removal of the 65th Street plaza and bridge that bore Paul’s name paved the way for the balance of our redevelopment program.”

“This is the kind of decision that can only be made by a civic-minded business leader and philanthropist,” remarked Katherine Farley. “Lincoln Center is honored to include Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace among the welcome amenities that greet visitors to our arts campus. It is a contemplative landscape feature that makes wonderful use of architecture and its urban real estate. This is something I believe Paul would have appreciated.”

The Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace is made of a black Cambrian granite plinth, tilting within the Twiga granite frame of the surrounding plaza. A shallow pool of water reflects the surrounding architecture, Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure and London Plane trees located nearby. Together, these elements provide a welcome oasis on Lincoln Center’s 16-acre campus. The Pool and Terrace was restored as part of the recent renovation of Lincoln Center.

Paul Milstein was an early advocate of the Lincoln Center neighborhood. At a time when it was still seen as the dilapidated site of West Side Story, his pioneering vision led Milstein to build three of the first luxury apartment buildings in the immediate area. His business acumen and support of cultural institutions throughout New York City are part of an impressive and enduring legacy.

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Howard Milstein and Irma Milstein toast the dedication of the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace at Lincoln Center. (Photo by Stephanie Berger)

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