Best Minds: Dan Biederman, President of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, Bryant Park Corp., & 34th Street Partnership
How can intellectual curiosity pave the way to success?
In this episode of Conversations with the Best Minds in Real Estate, RCLCO’s Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives, Joshua Boren, sits down with the President of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, Bryant Park Corp., and 34th Street Partnership Dan Biederman, a trailblazer in urban planning and development, whose Bryant Park’s restoration is used as a case study to many in the industry for those looking to make change at the community level.
In addition to discussing Dan’s career overview into real estate and past and future projects, the pair discuss how family plays a role into shaping career pathways and run ins with historical figures like American publisher and philanthropist Enid Haupt, David Rockefeller and Andrew Heiskell.
“I only have two strengths. I’m not smarter than everybody else [but] I have discipline and intellectual curiosity.”
– Dan Biederman on his strengths contributing to his successful out-of-the-box thinking
About Dan Biederman, President of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, Bryant Park Corp., & 34th Street Partnership
Dan Biederman began his career creating real estate value in New York, where he founded Bryant Park Corporation, the nation’s most successful park privatization effort, in 1980. He then set up the country’s largest complex of Business Improvement Districts: Grand Central Partnership (1985) and 34th Partnership (1989).
During his career, through these and other entities, he has revived or built twelve privately-funded and managed urban parks and turned around five troubled neighborhoods, eliminating thousands of annual crimes, and creating directly 2,500 jobs and over $10 billion in real estate value.
His consulting firm, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Corp. (BRV), has represented many of the nation’s largest office, retail, and residential developers and owners on public space work, in 30 states and nine countries. Among the professional sports franchises that BRV has helped with place-making are three NFL teams (Jets, Packers, and Falcons), and the San Francisco Giants (in their Mission Rock development with Tishman Speyer).
He graduated from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, magnum cum laude, in 1975, and from the Harvard Business School with distinction in 1977.
About Joshua A. Boren, Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives of RCLCO Real Estate Consulting
Joshua A. Boren specializes in leading business development, marketing, and strategic initiatives for various real estate needs and solutions as part of the RCLCO team. With more than 15 years of experience, Joshua specializes in understanding how network building and relationship management is critical to organizational success, which has resulted in millions of dollars of closed engagements. At RCLCO, he has grown the business development and marketing departments, which were recognized by Globe St. in 2019 as “Influencers in Marketing”. Incredibly involved in the global real estate community, Joshua holds membership and leadership positions at Urban Land Institute Los Angeles and Jewish Federation Los Angeles’ Real Estate and Construction Division, among others. Joshua also hosts RCLCO’s monthly Round-Up Webinar Series, which dives into factors in the real estate market, in addition to other RCLCO events and features.