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Broker finds support for better lighting plan.

Real estate broker Frederick A. Smith of Cushman & Wakefield has recruited a number of owners for his plan to help New York City streets become safer.

Smith has developed the 'Light Up New York" program to get all Midtown property owners to light the lower facades of their buildings so that the street directly in front of the buildings are light and bright. Thus far, KG A&A, owner of Americas Tower - 1177 Avenue of the Americas; Edward 1. Minskoff, owner of 1325 Avenue of the Americas; Harry Macklowe, owner of the Hotel Macklowe on 44th & 45th Street, Metropolitan Tower, 125 West 55th Street and 2 Grand Central Tower; Larry Silverstein, owner of several properties in Midtown; Caleb Koeppel, owner of 575 Lexington Avenue; Olympia & York, and The Durst Organization, owner of 1133 Avenue of the Americas, have all agreed to increase the light of the lower facade of their buildings at night. Smith has also received support from The Eastside Association, The Real Estate Board of New York and The Business Improvement Districts. The Grand Central partnership is also currenfly working to improve the light around Grand Central Station.

The developer, Lew Rudin, supports the program, and his enthusiasm for it has led to the involvement of the Association For A Better New York, of which he is chairman.

Kent Swig, executive vice president of Harry Macklowe Real Estate Inc. said, "This program enhances our existing. lighting program in New York. We have been lighting our lower facades for quite a while in a number of our buildings. We fully support "The Light Up New York project."

Smith welcomes any input from the members of the real estate community; he can be reached at (212) 841-7891
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Title Annotation:real estate broker Frederick A. Smith of Cushman and Wakefield Inc. receives backing from building owners in attempt to make New York, New York city streets safer
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jun 9, 1993
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