Real Estate & Construction Council

The Real Estate and Construction Council has brought together leaders in the real estate and construction industries and provided vital support to Lincoln Center for over 40 years. This council reflects a partnership between the New York-area real estate and construction industries and the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund. Because the performing arts are such a strong component of New York City’s economy, an alliance was forged thanks to a common interest in preserving the health and vibrancy of New York.

Council Co-Chairs


Lawrence B. Benenson

Benenson Capital Partners, LLC


Gary Jacob

Glenwood Management Corp.


Jonathan L. Mechanic

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Co-Chair Emeritus

John J. Avlon

The Jeffries Companies

Co-Chair Emeritus

Peter L. Malkin, Esq.

Empire State Realty Trust Malkin Holdings LLC

  • Priscilla Almodovar
    JPMorgan Chase Real Estate Banking
  • Robert H. Arnow
    Weiler Arnow Mgt. Co., Inc.
  • Jeff T. Blau
    Related Companies
  • John I. Bralower
    Avison Young
  • Marty Burger
    Silverstein Properties, Inc.
  • S.H. Spencer Compton
    First American Title Insurance –National Commercial Services
  • Peter D’Arcy
    M&T Bank
  • James S. Davidson, AIA
    SLCE Architects, LLP
  • Derrick Do
    East West Bank
  • Helena Durst
    The Durst Organization
  • Mark S. Edelstein, Esq.
    Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Abby Elbaum
    Ogden CAP Properties, LLC
  • Marc Ehrlich
    Rose Associates, Inc.
  • Jonathan M. Estreich
    Estreich and Company, Inc.
  • David H. Feinberg
    Feinberg Properties LLC
  • David V. Fowler
    BNY Mellon
  • Eugene M. Grant
    Eugene M. Grant & Company, LLC
  • Francis J. Greenburger
    Time Equities, Inc.
  • Jeffrey R. Gural
    Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  • Sharon R. Harris
  • Woody Heller
    Savills Studley
  • Todd Henderson
    Deutsche Asset Management
  • James I. Hisiger, Esq.
    Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Robert J. Ivanhoe
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Steven M. Kenny
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Robert A. Knakal
    Cushman & Wakefield
  • Benjamin V. Lambert
    Eastdil Secured LLC
  • Rick Lyon
    Capital One Bank
  • Anthony E. Malkin
    Empire State Realty Trust
  • Mark L. McCarthy
    Shorenstein Properties LLC
  • Mark E. Melchione
    People's United Bank
  • Neal J. Miranda
    Chicago Title Insurance Company
  • Bruce E. Mosler
    Cushman & Wakefield
  • Steven Napolitano
    AmTrust Title
  • Joel I. Picket
    Gotham Organization, Inc.
  • Stephen M. Ross
    Related Companies
  • Richard Ruben
    Ruben Companies
  • Glenn A. Shannon
    Shorenstein Properties LLC
  • Stephen B. Siegel
  • Ben Singer
    Starship Capital Advisors, LLC
  • Sheldon H. Solow
    Solow Building Company
  • Mary Ann Tighe
  • John P. Uehlinger
    Emmet, Marvin & Martin, LLP
  • Mark S. Wancier
    BHI - Bank Hapoalim
  • Alan G. Weiler, Esq.
    Weiler Arnow Mgt. Co., Inc.
  • Alan H. Wiener
    Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital
  • Michael S. Zetlin
    Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
  • Timothy M. Zietara
    Centennial Property Finance

Membership Expectations


Contribute a minimum of $15,000 annually for membership (through company/firm, personal contribution, or the solicitation of colleagues).


Attend three annual lunch meetings.


Offer guidance and counsel regarding strategic initiatives and concepts for Lincoln Center.


Participate in the annual RECC Gala by purchasing a table and solicit new corporate prospects to support the initiative.


Raise unrestricted funds for 10 world-class performing arts organizations at Lincoln Center.

Membership Benefits

Special Invitations

Invitations to donor events throughout the year

Concierge Services

Access to Concierge Services (for priority ticketing to all performances across campus)


Visibility on our website and in a number of printed materials, such as business publications, advertisements, and Lincoln Center Playbills (which are seen by over 5 million patrons annually)


Recognition in the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Annual Report

Many More Benefits

Other benefits commensurate with gift level, as detailed in our Membership Benefits Guide

Annual Events

Lincoln Center Business Council Annual Business Leadership Award Breakfast

Each year, the Lincoln Center Business Leadership Award Breakfast honors a professional (or professionals) for their outstanding commitment to the arts and culture in New York City. Proceeds from this event support the Lincoln Center Business Council (LCBC) in its work with the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund. The LCBC raises vital unrestricted funds from middle-market corporations and professional firms for the nine performing arts organizations and two professional training academies resident at Lincoln Center. The unrestricted nature of these funds permits the organizations to use them to maximum effect—which includes engaging in creative educational programming, presenting exciting new productions, and mounting free performances. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or

Spring Networking Event: A Little Light Music and More

This annual event featuring music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres is hosted by the Lincoln Center Business Council, designed to create a corporate networking opportunity in support of Lincoln Center. Hundreds of professionals attend this event to mix, mingle, talk business, and highlight the extraordinary partnership between the business community and Lincoln Center’s exceptional performing arts institutions. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or

Lincoln Center Corporate Fund’s Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament

Join the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund for a day of golf and tennis at one of the area’s most prestigious private clubs. The day will feature a buffet brunch and luncheon, gift bag, team photos, entry to contests, and on-course refreshments. It will be capped off with a cocktail reception, award ceremony, and silent auction. Special guests will join the players to make for a truly memorable experience. To secure your spot, or for more information, please contact Arlene Graime at 212.875.5467 or

Lincoln Center Jazz Evening at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

The Lincoln Center Business Council hosts this annual evening of jazz at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, an intimate venue designed to ideally frame the superb live music of Jazz at Lincoln Center. A menu of soulful, down-home flavor with New York flair, seasonal cocktails, and the best in live jazz performed several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park make it a terrific opportunity for client entertainment or a night out for employee appreciation. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or

Real Estate & Construction Council Gala

Each year, Lincoln Center’s Real Estate and Construction Council hosts the RECC Gala, with proceeds benefitting eight of the constituent organizations and the two world-class schools at Lincoln Center. Following a lively (but not lengthy) reception and dinner, guests select priority seating from a roster of performances being offered at Lincoln Center: theater, ballet, orchestra, or jazz. The RECC Gala is an exceptional opportunity to entertain important clients and business associates while supporting the arts at Lincoln Center. For additional information, please contact Lily Lovinger at 212.875.5433 or

Women’s Business Council Fashion Luncheon

Hosted by the Corporate Fund’s Women’s Leadership Council, the annual What’s In/What’s Out Luncheon is regularly sold-out event showcasing the latest fashion and beauty trends for the coming season. The afternoon features seasonal style displays, a presentation by Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey on the must-have fashion trends and beauty secrets, and a raffle featuring prizes from our sponsors (which have included such prestigious names as LALIQUE). To secure your table, or for ticket information, please contact Jane Kolb at 212.875.5384 or

Alternative Investment Industry Gala

Each Spring, the Corporate Fund hosts its annual Alternative Investment Industry Gala at the Rainbow Room. It was established to engage the alternative capital industry to rally in support of the 10 arts organizations on the Lincoln Center campus. Over 300 guests representing our City’s top investment firms and financial services organizations attend this festive event. Attendees enjoy an evening of amazing food, fun entertainment, dancing, and spectacular views from one of New York City’s most iconic and glamorous landmarks. For additional information, please contact Anissa Graham at 212.875.5432 or

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