Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Arrives

The holiday season is beginning in New York City, as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrived this weekend following a 170-mile journey from the upstate New York town of Oneonta. The 94-foot-tall Norway Spruce was donated by Graig and Angie Eichler, and arrived in Manhattan on November 14.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is a New York City institution, with the tree first going up in 1931. Since then, the tree has become an iconic New York City tradition. This year’s tree is between 90 and 95 years old and weighs 14 tons, and it will be illuminated by 45,000 LED lights linked by 5 miles of wire.

The 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place during a live television broadcast on Wednesday, November 30. The tree will stay on display until January 7, when it will be milled into lumber to be used by Habitat for Humanity.


Tishman Speyer and Public Art in New York

Jean Parker Phifer, the author of “Public Art New York,” responds to readers on public art in New York in the City Room of the New York Times.

Q:Public art is often simply viewed as pretty (or not) objects on sidewalks and in parks. Can you provide examples of public art programs that encourage viewers to interact with the artwork and/ or learn more about art in general?— Posted by Lise Ragbir

A: The Public Art Fund has organized numerous interactive installations in New York City in the last few years. One of my favorites was Anish Kapoor’s “Sky Mirror,” hosted by Tishman Speyer at Rockefeller Center in 2006. As described in Public Art New York, passers-by could see not only themselves reflected in context in the mirror facing Fifth Avenue, but also the buildings of Rockefeller Center reflected in the side of the mirror facing west.

Read full article via NY Times.

Tishman Speyer Commission Two-year Project to Conserve Landmark Art


Two years ago, when Tishman Speyer, co-owner and manager of Rockefeller Center, hired EverGreene, Mr. Greene spent six months doing nothing but research. “I read the Rockefeller family archives,” he said. Like the surrounding complex, the art at 30 Rockefeller Plaza has a rich history. A committee set up by John D. Rockefeller and his son, John D. Rockefeller Jr., decided that the artworks there should have a unifying theme, New Frontiers, encompassing aspects of a modern society: science, labor, education, travel, communication, humanitarianism, finance and spirituality. Because 30 Rockefeller Plaza, near the Channel Gardens, where the Christmas tree stands every year, was considered the center’s flagship, it was to be the most elaborately decorated.

Full article via New York Times.

Rob Speyer Among the Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate As Voted by Readers of the New York Observer

For the first time, the New York Observer gave readers the opportunity, in unscientific online polls at, to tell who they thought were the most powerful people in New York real estate. (Note: The final Power 100 was picked by The Observer’s real estate desk.) Readers were given four names per category to choose from.

Rob Speyer, President & Co-CEO of Tishman Speyer, was named among the most powerful residential landlords in New York Real Estate.

[Full story via New York Observer]

Tishman Speyer among award recipients at NAIOP Awards

The award for Best Urban Office over 150k SF went to Tishman Speyer and Davis Construction for 1099 New York at the NAIOP Awards.

Full article via Real Estate Bisnow.

Anne-Cecilie Engell, Rob Speyer

Anne-Cecilie Engell, a marketing director, and Rob Speyer, a real estate executive, were married Wednesday by Matthew A. Mitchell, a friend of the couple and a Universal Life minister, at the couple’s apartment in New York. On Saturday evening, Mr. Mitchell led a nondenominational ceremony at the Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen

Full Story: Anne-Cecilie Engell, Rob Speyer via NYT