Douglas Durst, New York, NY "is a member of the third generation to run The Durst Organization, one of New York City's most respected real estate developers, owners and management companies. Founded in 1915 by Douglas' grandfather Joseph Durst, they have been responsible over the last 90 years for transforming the skyline of midtown Manhattan. Beginning in the late 1950's, The Durst Organization began to develop office buildings along the Third Avenue corridor from 42nd Street north to 50th Street. When Douglas joined the firm in 1970, it was at the start of their Westside development, which resulted in another three office buildings along The Avenue of the Americas. In 1996, under the leadership of Douglas, The Durst Organization became the catalyst for large-scale office development of the "New Times Square" with the completion of 4 Times Square at 42nd Street and Broadway. 4 Times Square was the first speculative office building that incorporated environmentally responsible design and building practices. The Durst Organization recently completed The Helena, a 600 unit residential building at 57th Street and 11 Avenue which was designed to be achieve a LEED gold rating, and they are constructing The Bank of America Tower at 1 Bryant Park to LEED Platinum standard.
"Douglas was born in New York City in 1944. He graduated from the Fieldston School in 1962 and the University of California at Berkeley in 1966 where he studied economics and learned civil disobedience. Returning to New York in 1967, he married Susanne with whom he has three children: Anita, Alexander, and Helena. After two years of study at the Urban Studies Program at New York University he joined The Durst Organization learning the business from his father Seymour and his two uncles, Roy and David.
"Douglas has been involved with the theatrical arts for many years and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Roundabout Theater, Primary Stages and The Town Hall. He is also a Director of the Real Estate Board of New York, The Landmarks Conservancy, The Municipal Art Society, and Co-Chair of Friends of Hudson River Park. In addition, he has been an environmentalist activist for many years and is part owner of the largest organic farm in New York State. For relaxation he rides horses, bicycles, and skis. For aggravation, he plays tennis."