Interesting to learn a bit about the man who inherited a real estate company in “The Real Deal”
A few excerpts, with commentary for your reading pleasure:
On where he grew up:
Port Washington and Roslyn.
Editor’s note: Sad to see Mr. Reckler grew up on the North Shore too, and yet has now has no qualms severely impacting traffic conditions for the rest of us, to say nothing about the health of Hempstead Harbor. The proposed project at Garvies Point cannot possibly be completed without at least some of the toxic soil and silt winding up in the harbor.
On where he lives now:
“In Old Brookville, on the North Shore of Long Island.”
Editor’s note: Can you imagine if developers were going to erect a 14-story, 1,100 unit apartment complex in Old Brookville? I guess it’s okay for other parts of the North Shore though, is that right, Scott?
On what he does for fun:
“For two weeks in August, my [family] and I go camping in Utah, stay outside… and sleep on top of the houseboat under the stars. You’re gone for two weeks and you see no one.”
Editor’s note: Sounds like Mr. Rechler is not exactly a fan of high density housing… It’s great to make millions but — gasp — it’s not for him! It must be nice to be able to afford such lavish vacations to get back to nature, Scott. The rest of us will be stuck here though, forced to stare up at your monstrosity. Forever.
On Rechler’s past and the “family business”:
“My grandfather built the first planned industrial park in New York City. It was in Newtown Creek in Brooklyn in 1958.”
Editor’s note: Hey – Newtown Creek is also now a Superfund Site, Scott, just like Garvies Point. So essentially Rechler and RXR set the precedent of enabling highly polluting, toxic industrial activities along some of the most populated waterways in the country. What a legacy to be proud of!
And a snippet from Commercial Advisor:
“He is a big political donor and clearly has a lot of supporters in high places…
Besides making large contributions like a $100,000 donation to the New York State Democratic Committee in April of last year under his wife’s name…”
Editor’s note: Seems to us like it’s pay-to-play, pure and simple. More on RXR’s political contributions to follow…