The Skyscraper Museum
2013 Making New York History Awards
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Notable New Yorkers 2013
Making New York History Award



Skyline builders, past and future, on the 25th anniversary of


& coming skyscrapers in New York and internationally

Joined by three leaders of the Brookfield team


On Tuesday, June 18, The Skyscraper Museum presented the 2013 Making New York History Award to Brookfield Office Properties. On the 25th anniversary of the completion of the World Financial Center and its re-christening in 2013 as Brookfield Place, we celebrated Brookfield's key role in the commercial life of lower Manhattan and the quality of urban spaces in New York. As owners, managers, and developers of a portfolio of premier skyscrapers in the city's downtown and midtown markets, as well as in its new development Manhattan West, Brookfield continues to make its mark on the New York skyline.

MNYH 2012

More than 140 guests gathered in the Museum's gallery to toast to Brookfield and its executive team. The evening's remarks began with a welcome by Museum Director Carol Willis, who described the history of the World Financial Center complex. She noted that the design by Cesar Pelli and Associates of the ensemble of four towers, the Winter Garden, and the public plaza represents a remarkable design that has only improved with time, with the growing population of Battery Park City and with its enlarged role in the life of native New Yorkers and millions of tourists.

MNYH 2012
Left to right: Carol Willis and Cesar Pelli introducing Brookfield; Brookfield Chairman John Zuccotti; John Zuccotti and Brookfield CEO Dennis Friedrich accepting the award.

Noting the key figures and firms of the original design team that were in attendance, she introduced Cesar Pelli, who extended his praise for all the professionals involved in the project. Bridging the generations from the World Financial Center to the evolving Brookfield Place was Rafael Pelli, Cesar's son and partner in Pelli Clarke Pelli, who spoke of the new designs that connect the center to the new World Trade Center to the east and to the public space on the waterfront.

Accepting the award for Brookfield Office Properties were Chairman John Zuccotti and CEO Dennis Friedrich. Having worked with the original developers of the World Financial Center, Olympia & York, John Zuccotti recalled the successful cooperation of the entire team of government, Battery Park City Authority, developers, and designers that produced such an extraordinary result. Dennis Friedrich noted the energy and optimism around the future of Brookfield Place.

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Smiling guests, including, at center, Rafael Pelli, architect for the new east side entrances and Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, Melissa Coley of Brookfield, Cesar Pelli, Michael Sillerman, and Jerry Gottesman.

Past recipients have included Kenneth T. Jackson & Robert A.M. Stern, John L. Tishman and Daniel R. Tishman, Douglas Durst, Larry Silverstein, The Port Authority of NY and NJ with Anthony R. Coscia and Christopher O. Ward, The Battery Park City Authority, The Empire State Building in honor of--in the tower's 79th year--the glorious restoration of its original Art Deco lobby and the beginning of a transformative "green" rejuvenation, 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza with Frank J. Bisignano and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Daniel L. Doctoroff, CEO & President of Bloomberg and former NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding.

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CONTRIBUTORS to The Skyscraper Museum
in honor of Brookfield Office Properties

Brookfield Office Properties
Carol & Mark Willis

AECOM Technology
Ann Buttenwieser
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Empire State Building Company, LLC
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
Massey Knakal Realty Services
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Silverstein Properties
Turner Construction Company
Rouse Properties
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Donald + Barbara Zucker

Cushman & Wakefield
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
General Contractors Association of New York, Inc.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Michael Hegarty
HPH - Hanover Ventures Marketplace
Brenda Levin
Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects, P.C.
The Moinian Group
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Parsons Transportation Group
Plaza Construction Corporation
Posillico, Inc.
Spector Group Architects
Tishman Construction Corporation
Thornton Tomasetti
Tribeca Film Festival
Vornado Realty Trust

Hilary M. Ballon
Charina Foundation, Inc.
Colliers International
Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Cosentini Associates
John Civetta & Sons
dBox, Inc.
Michael K. De Chiara
Douglaston Development
Forest City Ratner Companies
George S. Kaufman
James Corner Field Operations
Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Liberty Contracting Company
Metropolitan Walters LLC
The Robert Berne Foundation
Sciame Construction
Studios Architecture
Trinity Real Estate
William Vitacco Associates LTD

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support for the event from; Claire & Stan Altman, Carmi Bee, Jim & Liz Bifulco, Joan Blumenfeld, Adam Blumenthal, Buro Happold, Cerami & Associates, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Joan K. Davidson, Kenneth Drucker, Mr. and Mrs Robert Esnard, Bruce Fowle, David Good, Jerry Gottesman & Anthony Borelli, Paul Hoffmann, Inc. Scott Johnson, David Jones, Dan Kaplan, Carol Kellerman, Charles Laven, Sandy Lehrer, Nick Lembo, David Levinson, Carol + Lance Liebman, Joseph R. Loring & Associates, Inc., Ken & Ronnie Lowenstein, Anthony J. Mazzo, Patrick McEnerney, Drew Moss, Ifran Oncu, Robert Scaglion, Jay Segal, Louis Skidmore, Andrea Travani, Edward Wallace, Kathy Wylde.