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Related Companies

Stephen Ross

Stephen M. Ross is the Chairman and Founder of Related Companies. Mr. Ross formed Related in 1972 and today the company includes over 3,000 professionals. Related has developed over $22 billion in real estate and owns real estate assets valued at over $20 billion made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office, trade show and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Mr. Ross is also the owner of the Miami Dolphins.
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Heatherwick Studio

Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick, who founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994, is an internationally renowned designer known for innovative, imaginative projects that have made him one of the world’s most admired design talents. Notable projects by the studio include the “Seed Cathedral” for the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010, London’s Garden Bridge, and New York’s forthcoming Pier55.
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

David Childs

David M. Childs is Consulting Design Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. During a career at SOM spanning more than 40 years, Childs has worked on a wide range of internationally significant projects, including master plans, embassies, airport terminals, and skyscrapers. Many of his designs—including those for the JFK International Arrivals Building, Time Warner Center, and One World Trade Center—have powerfully reshaped the built environment of New York City.
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Thomas Keller Restaurant Group

Chef Thomas Keller

Renowned for his culinary skills and his impeccable standards, Thomas Keller is the chef and proprietor of The French Laundry, a Yountville, California landmark that has been hailed as the finest restaurant in the world.
Ten years after opening this, his first restaurant, in 1994, he followed with Per Se, which brought his distinctive fine dining style to Manhattan. Today, both restaurants enjoy three-star Michelin ratings, making Keller the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious dining guide. Chef Keller has also opened Bouchon, Bar Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery, and Ad Hoc, each of which contributes to the new paradigm he has set within the hospitality industry. More than one million copies of Chef Keller’s books, including the New York Times bestsellers “Ad Hoc at Home” and “Bouchon Bakery,” and “The French Laundry,” “Bouchon,” and “Under Pressure,” a book devoted to sous vide cooking, are in print. Keller was designated a Chevalier of The French Legion of Honor in 2011, the highest decoration in France, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the traditions of French cuisine and his role in elevating cooking in America. He is only the third American culinary figure to be so honored.

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Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Thomas Woltz

Thomas Woltz is the principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) His firm’s design work infuses places where people live, work, and play with narratives of the land. Many of these projects focus on restoration of damaged ecological infrastructure within working farmland and post-industrial sites to create models of highly functional and connected landscapes.
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Related Companies

Jeff Blau

Jeff T. Blau is Chief Executive Officer and a partner of Related Companies. For the past 25 years he has been responsible for directing and overseeing new developments worth over $20 billion in virtually every sector of the real estate industry. In his position as CEO, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, overall management of the firm, the pursuit of new development opportunities and corporate acquisitions and financing activities across all business platforms.
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Related Companies

Bruce Beal

Bruce A. Beal, Jr. is President and a general partner of Related Companies. Mr. Beal joined Related in 1995 and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day development process for projects across all asset classes throughout the country including acquisition, finance and construction activities. In addition, Mr. Beal oversees Related’s existing operating portfolio and the company’s affordable housing initiatives.
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Related Companies

Jay Cross

Jay Cross is President of Related Hudson Yards, leading the Related Companies’ development efforts of the 26-acre Hudson Yards site on the west side of New York City. Cross has over 30 years of diversified real estate and sports business experience having been a driving force behind the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, the American Airlines Arena in Miami and the Air Canada Centre, home for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Equinox

Harvey Spevak

Since 1999, Harvey Spevak has been Chief Executive Officer of Equinox, the leading operator of upscale, high performance lifestyle clubs with 80 locations in the United States, London and Toronto. In December 2000, he led a management buyout of Equinox to two private equity firms, North Castle Partners and J.W. Childs; and in February 2006 partnered with Related Companies to acquire Equinox.
In 2008, Mr. Spevak introduced the first American outpost of Pure Yoga, Asia’s premier yoga studio, with two locations in New York City. In 2011, he launched Blink Fitness, a new brand of innovative, value oriented gyms, with 38 locations throughout New York and New Jersey. Mr. Spevak is the Executive Chairman of SoulCycle, a rapidly growing lifestyle brand that empowers its riders in a community driven fitness experience. In May of 2011, Equinox acquired SoulCycle, which currently has 48 studios across the U.S.

Mr. Spevak contributes to several charitable organizations including Cycle for Survival, of which Equinox is a founding partner. Mr. Spevak has also been featured in numerous business, lifestyle and trade publications including the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, CNBC, The (London) Times and Los Angeles Business Journal. Mr. Spevak has been a driving force behind the recent announcement of Equinox Hotels and is a principal of Motivate Bikeshare Holdings LLC, a global bike share operator, including Citi Bike in New York City.

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James Carpenter Design Associates Inc.

James Carpenter

James Carpenter works at the intersection of architecture, art, and engineering, advancing a distinctive vision based on the use of natural light as the foundation element of the built environment. Originally trained as a studio artist, Carpenter founded the cross-disciplinary design firm James Carpenter Design Associates in 1979 in order to deploy these aesthetic principles on large-scale architectural projects.
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Elizabeth Diller

Elizabeth Diller is founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. With founding partner Ricardo Scofidio, Diller is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award. Projects include the High Line and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts renovation and expansion in New York City, The Broad in Los Angeles, and independent works for leading cultural institutions around the globe.
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Rockwell Group

David Rockwell

David Rockwell, FAIA, is the founder and President of Rockwell Group, an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that emphasizes innovation and thought leadership in every project. Rockwell’s fascination with theater and public space, technology and hand craft, has led to the creation of immersive environments including restaurants, hotels, airport terminals, hospitals, festivals, museum exhibitions, product collections, and Broadway sets.
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Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Eugene Kohn and Bill Pedersen

A. Eugene Kohn and William Pedersen are two of the founding partners of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), a firm founded in 1976 based on a commitment to design service and excellence.  The company’s focus on developing design talent from within has allowed it to expand in capacity and dimension while maintaining design quality across a global practice that has produced noteworthy projects including the Shanghai World Financial Center and Hong Kong’s International Commerce Center.
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Elkus Manfredi Architects

Howard Elkus

A game-changer, a pioneer and an architect of many of today’s significant destinations, Howard Elkus designs for the pulse of the community and inevitably enhances the experience.  As an internationally acclaimed architect and urban planner, Howard is responsible for the design of numerous widely acknowledged landmark projects from single buildings to urban master plans on a grand scale.   The award-winning Elkus Manfredi Architects, which Elkus co-founded in 1988, was recently a nominee for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award.
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Estiatorio Milos

Chef Costas Spiliadis

Chef Spiliadis will open a Greek seafood dining experience, Estiatorio Milos, at Hudson Yards, continuing his mission to create a new culinary experience with open market and open-grill presentations that far surpass the standard for seafood restaurants. His restaurants are known as both exquisite dining destinations and cultural beacons, with locations delighting diners in New York and cities around the world, including Montreal, Miami, Athens, Las Vegas and London. Chef Spiliadis is known for his dedication to utilizing the highest quality ingredients.
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ThinkFoodGroup

Chef José Andrés

Named as one of Time’s “100” Most Influential People and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.  A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 22 restaurants plus a food truck located throughout the country and in Mexico City.
The restaurant planned for Hudson Yards will combine his Spanish roots and signature modernist flair. Andrés is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2012, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. In 2015 he premiered his documentary “Undiscovered Haiti” giving viewers an unprecedented look into this beautiful country. Andrés’ work has earned him awards and distinctions such as Outstanding American by Choice, awarded by President Barack Obama and the McCall-Pierpaoli humanitarian award. In 2015, he was named EY Master Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Washington for his leadership and impact on the global business community and awarded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Chair’s Medallion Award.

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Ismael Leyva Architects, P.C.

Ismael Leyva

Ismael Leyva is the President and Founder of Ismael Leyva Architects, one of the New York’s more respected Architectural and Interior Design firms. Founded in 1996, Ismael Leyva Architects is responsible for over 70 buildings and the design of over 12,000 apartments in the New York metropolitan area.
Ismael Leyva is the President and Founder of Ismael Leyva Architects, one of the New York’s more respected Architectural and Interior Design firms. Founded in 1996, Ismael Leyva Architects is responsible for over 70 buildings and the design of over 12,000 apartments in the New York metropolitan area. Ismael Leyva’s philosophy is based on combining functional, aesthetically pleasing, and ecologically responsible contemporary design. His trademark designs are highlighted in some of New York City’s most renowned buildings including the Icon, The Charles, Place 57, Yves Chelsea and Luxury Residences at Time Warner Center, among others. His practice has expanded internationally with projects in Mexico, Costa Rica, China and the Middle East.

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DEVELOPMENT TEAM

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Oxford Properties Group

Established in 1960, Oxford Properties Group is a global platform for real estate investment, development and management, with premier buildings in the most sought after markets in the Western world. The 2,000 member, fully-integrated in-house team oversees a $40 billion real estate portfolio comprised of over 56 million square feet of office, retail, hotel, residential and industrial properties. Oxford has regional offices in Toronto, London, New York and Luxembourg, and is the real estate arm of OMERS.  
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Related Companies

Related Companies is the nation’s preeminent real estate development firm, defined by innovation in all aspects of design, development, service and wellness. With a portfolio of $40 billion in assets, current and under development, Related is a fully integrated company with expertise in development, construction, management and financial services as well as dynamic offerings through affiliates including Equinox®, SoulCycle and Citibike.

With 11 offices on five continents, Related was founded and is headquartered in New York where the company’s accomplishments include the development of Time Warner Center, an iconic mixed-use destination on Central Park which includes the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jazz at Lincoln Center, upscale shopping and an acclaimed restaurant collection — all topped by luxury residential condominiums. Related’s residential properties are consistently heralded as best-in-class offerings in their respective markets nationwide, including 520 West 28th by Zaha Hadid, 70 Vestry, The Chatham, Superior Ink, The Caledonia and One Madison.
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Corcoran Sunshine

With over 25 years of experience in marketing and collective sales of $40 billion, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group is the recognized industry leader in the planning, design, marketing, and sale of luxury residential development. Representing properties throughout New York and in select worldwide locations, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group’s portfolio contains a curated collection of the world’s most desirable new addresses.

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