Douglas Durst, Durst Organization


2013 Owners MagazineFavorite charity? 

Trust for Public Land.

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Where in New York is there still untapped potential for real estate development? 

Seaport City?

Who will become New York City’s next mayor?  

Steve Spinola.

What real estate policy should New York’s next mayor make a priority?   

The dysfunctional, irrational and unfair property tax system.

What qualities do you look for in an agent representing your buildings? 

The ability to close the deal.

What is one aspect of your business you wish you had more time for? 


Greatest fear: 

Stop-work orders.

If approved, the Midtown East rezoning initiative will: 

Barely keep us competitive with the rest of the world.

In the film version of your life, which actor would portray you? 

Harpo Marx.

Foreign real estate market you’d most like to invest in: 


What should happen with Madison Square Garden and Penn Station? 

The Knicks should win a championship, and visitors to our city should not feel like they are arriving via the service entrance.

What New York City building should be torn down? 

As my father said, “All leased buildings are beautiful buildings.”