Rob Speyer Helps to Light the Rockefeller Center Tree

Rob Speyer shared tree lighting duties with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Jerry Speyer and Jaimie Alexander on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Photos from the event can be seen below and on Rob Speyer’s Facebook page.

Bill de Blasio, Jerry Speyer, Rob Speyer, Jaimie Alexander

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, Jerry Speyer, second left, Rob Speyer, second right, and actress Jaimie Alexander, right, light the 2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

The 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

The 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

The 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

The 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Photo credit:  Diane Bondareff/Invision for Tishman Speyer/AP Images

Rockefeller Center Kicks Off Holiday Season

The holiday season in New York City kicked off last night as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit during the 83rd annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. Illuminated with 45,000 LED lights, the 10-ton Norway Spruce from upstate New York was lit by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Jerry Speyer, Rob Speyer, and actress Jaimie Alexander, following performances by Andy Grammer, Sting, Michael Bublé and more.

The tree will be lit daily from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. until January 7, except for Christmas, when it will be lit for 24 hours, and New Year’s Eve, when it will be lit until 9 p.m. The tree will be milled for lumber to be used by Habitat for Humanity after the holiday season.

Read more about the ceremony here.

Real Estate Board Announces Award Recipients

Organizers of the Real Estate Board of New York’s 120th Annual Banquet, the black-tie event to celebrate industry leaders, recently announced the recipients of this year’s top honors.

The awards, which are set to take place on January 21, 2016, will honor “[t]he wide-ranging achievements of the industry leaders” said REBNY President John H. Banks III.

“Their dedication to professional, philanthropic, and humanitarian service exemplifies what it means to invest in our City’s future and we thank them for their tremendous efforts,” Banks said.

This year’s recipients include:

  • The Stacom Family will receive the Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award for their exceptional accomplishments in the profession, leadership, and service to the real estate industry. This is the first time an award at the REBNY banquet will be given to a family.
  • Daniel Brodsky, Senior Managing Partner of the Brodsky Organization, will receive The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award, which is presented to an industry member for invaluable contributions to New York’s civic welfare and the real estate community.
  • Bill Montana, Savills Studley Managing Director, will receive The Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award, which celebrates a commercial broker with exceptional personal and professional integrity, leadership, prominence in the brokerage community, and service to REBNY’s committees.
  • Edward V. Piccinich of SL Green Realty will receive The George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year Award. This award recognizes individuals in property management based on outstanding professionalism, civic achievement, and contributions to the industry.
  • Steven H. Marvin will receive the Young Real Estate Man of the Year Award. Marvin is the Executive Managing Director and Partner of Olmstead Properties, Inc. This award is selected by the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association of New York and presented to a member who exemplifies integrity, professionalism, and personal ethics.

REBNY Chairman Rob Speyer said: “We look forward to gathering with all of our colleagues at our 120th annual banquet to celebrate the achievements of the real estate community, toast the vibrant real estate market, and posthumously honor John Zuccotti, a former REBNY Chairman and one of New York’s greatest civic leaders.”

Read more about the event at Real Estate Weekly.



Downtown Alliance Release Economic Growth Report

This month, the Downtown Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Lower Manhattan, released a report on the economic growth and opportunity in the area. The report outlines expected growth over the course of the next five years, and investments made in the area post-9/11.

Some advances discussed in the report include:

  • Forecasted new job growth of over 45%:
    • In recent years, Lower Manhattan has seen an uptick in jobs in professional and business services, technology and media. The area is well positioned to garner a significant share of this growth through 2019.
  • New buildings in Lower Manhattan aid in drawing businesses to the area:
    • 1 World Trade Center and 4 World Trade Center became available in the Fall of 2014, and 63% of the available office space was leased within the first quarter of 2015. With 3 World Trade Center scheduled for occupancy in 2018, there will be an increase of over 2 million square feet available for rent. By the end of 2019 these buildings alone will have increased the number of people employed in Lower Manhattan by over 17,000.
  • Hotel development means added tourism:
    • There are 23 hotels scheduled to open in Lower Manhattan between 2015 and 2018. This not only increase tourism to the area, but will also bring an estimated 3,000 hospitality jobs.

For more information, the full report can be read on the Downtown Alliance’s website.

Global Cities: The Developer’s Perspective

Rob Speyer spoke at the Urban Land Institute’s Fall Meeting in October of 2014. In Global Cities: The Developer’s Perspective, Speyer said that cities are more important than ever in bringing people together. A video playlist featuring clips from Speyer’s speech can be viewed below:

More information about ULI’s Fall meeting can be found at

Tishman Speyer unveils plans for Anthony’s Pier 4

Tishman Speyer has recently unveiled plans for its upcoming Anthony’s Pier 4 project in Boston, Mass. Renderings can be seen below and on Rob Speyer’s Facebook page.

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Tishman Speyer; rendering of Pier 4 – Harbor View


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Tishman Speyer; rendering of Pier 4 – View from Water


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Tishman Speyer; rendering of Pier 4 – Roof

Jerry Speyer & Rob Speyer: Macy’s Partnership Will Lead To “Transformative” Development In Downtown Brooklyn

Macy’s and Tishman Speyer announced today that the two companies will partner on an expansion of Macy’s Fulton Street store in Downtown Brooklyn, adding 10 floors of office space to enrich a key retail space in one of Brooklyn’s fastest-growing neighborhoods.

“As developer, owner and operator of such New York City icons as Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building, we are thrilled at the opportunity to partner with Macy’s for our first-ever project in Brooklyn,” said Tishman Speyer Co-CEOs Jerry Speyer and Rob Speyer said in a statement. “We believe this partnership will produce a transformative mixed-use development in one of the nation’s foremost destinations for today’s creative workers and new economy companies.”

Under the plan, the store’s interior will be completely revamped and supplemented office space featuring high 16-foot ceilings and a variety of outdoor spaces. In addition, Tishman Speyer will take over a Macy’s parking garage on Hoyt Street, with the potential for more development on the site.

The remodeled store at 422 Fulton Street will be the flagship of a new fashion hub, serving shoppers from Dumbo all the way to Manhattan Beach. The newly remodeled store will have higher windows to let in more natural light and better match the industrial spaces in the area’s immediate surroundings. Each floor, in turn, will be expanded to allow for new brands, enhancing the overall customer experience. Construction will begin in 2016 and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2018.



Pier 4 In Boston Will Be “Worthy Of One Of The World’s Great Cities”

Tishman Speyer unveiled renderings on August 4 of its new mixed-use project in Boston’s Seaport District, which co-CEO Rob Speyer said he hopes will be the “brightest jewel” of the city’s waterfront.

“Our goal at Pier 4 is to create the brightest jewel of the Boston waterfront,” Speyer said. “This will be a project entirely worthy of one of the world’s great cities.”

Tishman Speyer’s plans call for a nine-story, 100-unit condo building, which will incorporate 16,800 square feet of retail and restaurant space on the ground floor. The building is being jointly designed by SHoP Architects and CBT Architects.

The project will also include a 1-acre public park with waterfront access and a plaza with space for performances and dining.

Read more at Boston Herald and Boston Business Journal.

Jerry Speyer & Rob Speyer Announce Acquisition Of Berlin’s Quartier 205

Tishman Speyer co-CEOs Jerry Speyer and Rob Speyer announced today that the company has acquired the Quartier 205 building located in the heart of Berlin.

“We are thrilled to once again be in ownership of Quartier 205, a building that we originally developed to serve as a dynamic mixed-use experience comprising working, living and shopping in the historical center of Berlin,” said Jerry Speyer and Rob Speyer. “This acquisition also constitutes our re-engagement with the Berlin real estate market, where we began over 25 years ago, and we look forward to widening our presence in this vital city in the years to come.”

Designed by the architect Oswald Mathias Ungers, Tishman Speyer originally developed and built the property following the fall of the Berlin Wall.  It was completed in 1995 and contains 52,500 square meters of office, retail and residential space.

Ladders For Leaders Demonstrates “Power Of Public-Private Partnerships To Create An Even Greater New York”

On July 23, Mayor de Blasio, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Department of Youth & Community announced that the city has more than doubled the number of positions available through this summer’s Ladders for Leaders program, which has provided paid internships to young New Yorkers since 2006.

This year, Ladders for Leaders has provided more than 1,000 New York City youth between the ages of 16 and 21 with professional internships, up from 475 in 2014. The effort was fueled by more than $2.2 million in financial support from private employers who responded to the city’s call for action.

Companies from across a variety of sectors in New York City, from financial services companies including Bank of America to major businesses such as Tishman Speyer, are hosting interns this summer.

“Tishman Speyer is proud to support the Ladders for Leaders program and to welcome a new group of exceptional interns this summer,” said Rob Speyer. “The tremendous success of the Ladders for Leaders program is yet another example of the power of public-private partnerships to create an even greater New York.”