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Brodsky demonstrates art of true civic leadership

By REBNY President John Banks

This week is REBNY’s 120thAnnual Banquet, and will honor many of the real estate industry’s top performers and contributors.

Among the award winners is Daniel Brodsky, Senior Managing Partner of the Brodsky Organization, who will be receiving The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award.

This award is presented to an industry member who has made invaluable contributions to both New York City’s civic welfare and its real estate community — two areas in which Brodsky has gone above and beyond and illustrated his commitment to our city.

The Brodsky Organization has specialized in large scale residential and mixed-use development in New York City for the past 50 years, and as Senior Managing Partner, Brodsky assists in managing more than 6,500 residential units, retail and office space.

The Brodsky Organization currently owns and manages over 65 buildings in Manhattan, and has also developed several co-op and condominium buildings as well.

However, it is not only Brodsky’s devotion to real estate that has earned him The Harry B. Helmsley Award — in addition to his work in real estate, he is also immensely involved in New York City’s cultural institutions, and has made a number of contributions to ensure that our city remains one of the world’s most exciting cultural hubs.

Prior to his position at The Brodsky Organization, he worked for the Hudson River Valley Commission and has been a longtime supporter of the Metropolitan Museum and its programs.

Since joining the Museum’s Real Estate Council in 1984 (and co-chairing the Council since 1996), Brodsky was instrumental in the creation of the Real Estate Council benefit, an event which is now held annually to generate industry support for the Museum’s educational programs. Under Brodsky’s leadership, funding for this benefit has nearly tripled.

Since joining the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Brodsky has also served on various committees.

As the Vice Chairman of the Finance and Buildings Committees, he works with the museum’s administration to guarantee the longtime viability of the 2.3 million-square-foot building, and he has also been Chairman of the Board at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2011, where he has served as a Trustee since 2001.

These are only a few examples of Brodsky’s substantial contributions to the City’s arts and education communities.

He has also served on the Board of Trustees for New York University, the American Museum of National History, and The Municipal Art Society, and has been on the Ballet Board at the New York City Ballet since 2000.

Brodsky’s activities in New York City, through both his work in the real estate community and in the city’s cultural landscape, have been shaping how New Yorkers experience their city for years.

The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award is but a small representation of the breadth of what he has given back to the people of New York, and I look forward to seeing what projects Brodsky will take on next.

In other REBNY news:

Come and meet many of the REBNY Benefit Vendors at our Annual Benefit Fair on January 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mendik Room. This event will be a one stop shopping event to help you organize your life quickly. Please join us for a light breakfast while you visit with our wonderful vendors. To register, contact Kathleen Gibbs at

REBNY’s 120th Annual Banquet will take place on January 21 at the New York Hilton at 1335 Avenue of the Americas from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Join us for our most anticipated event of the year as we honor New York’s top real estate professionals and present our awards to Daniel Brodsky, the Stacom Family, Jeffrey Levine, William Montana, Edward Piccinich, and Steven Mr. Marvin. For tickets or sponsoring/advertisement information, contact Maryann Aviles at

Request for Housing for Veterans in Need: New York City is seeking housing for homeless veterans, with the greatest need being for studios and one-bedroom apartments. The City has committed to ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and has worked to ensure that all veterans have a rental subsidy. There are also landlord and broker incentives available for those who place veterans in housing. Learn more about the program, or if you have an apartment you’d like to make available, please visit For information on how to make a donation, visit or contact Johann Hamilton at 212-616-5251.

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