Biography of Elie Hirschfeld
Elie Hirschfeld has been an avid art collector for more than 35 years. His diverse collection includes hundreds of works by many notable artists with a focus on original scenes of New York City.
Elie Hirschfeld is also president of Hirschfeld Properties LLC, a leading New York-based real estate development firm. Hirschfeld Properties has engaged in the development or ownership of many of the most renowned office buildings, hotels, multi-family residential buildings, parking facilities, and retail projects in New York City.
Since joining his father Abraham at Hirschfeld Properties in 1976, Elie Hirschfeld has helped to guide the development of many prominent New York City properties, including The Grand Sutton, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Park Avenue Court, the Gotham, and Exchange Tower. In 1995, he managed the successful redevelopment of the historic Hotel Pennsylvania, which brought the first Sports Authority to New York. This project epitomized the Hirschfeld Properties commitment to maintaining the integrity and original character of properties, while implementing creative development solutions that respond to the needs of the community.
Elie Hirschfeld and Hirschfeld Properties have enjoyed fruitful collaborations with many other distinguished real estate development firms, including the Zeckendorf Organization, the Donald Trump Organization, Silverstein Properties, Empire Realty Group, Belz Enterprises of Memphis, and Simon Property Group. Innovative joint projects have included The Sports Club/LA, a completely vertical sports club, Manhattan Mall, one of the first vertical shopping malls in NYC, and New York's first open-air parking garage.
Before finding his place in real estate, Elie Hirschfeld worked as an attorney at Milbank, Tweed, Haldey & McCloy. His practice areas included real estate, financing, and banking law. He received his law degree from New York University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Brown University, where he served as President of his class.
Through the Hirschfeld Foundation, Elie Hirschfeld contributes to numerous philanthropic causes with a focus on education, healthcare, athletics, and the Jewish community. He serves as trustee emeritus of Brown University, trustee emeritus of Long Island University, Director of the U.S. Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science, and trustee of numerous New York City hospitals. He has also served on the Board of Directors or Steering Committees of many other organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Jewish National Fund.
Elie Hirschfeld is a Tony Award voting member of The Broadway League and has produced and co-produced numerous Broadway shows. He is also a competitive athlete who has completed over 75 triathlons and 11 marathons.