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Helena Durst

The Durst Organization


Helena Rose Durst is a Vice President and a fourth-generation family member of The Durst Organization. Helena started her career as an intern at the Hudson River Park Trust, where she not only fell in love with the Hudson River waterfront but also gained valuable insight into the City’s complex land-use review process. After studying real estate at Baruch College, Helena joined the leasing department of The Durst Organization in 2001. She also instituted a comprehensive greening of the company’s building management operations that has improved landfill diversion rates, green cleaning practices, and resource conservation.

In addition to her responsibilities at The Durst Organization Helena is the President of The New York Water Taxi, New York’s premier recreational and commuter ferry service.

Helena has participated in the construction and management of several projects from the ground up, including The Epic, The Helena, and One Bryant Park. When Helena’s not in the city, she can be found at her family’s McEnroe Organic Farm, one of the largest family-owned-and-operated organic farms in New York State. Helena has started an education program there that aims to reconnect neighbors and youths with agriculture to better understand where our food comes from.

Helena is a board member of the Real Estate Board of New York, Just Food, Governors Island Alliance, The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board.


Committees: Board of Governors , Zoning and Design Committee (Cross-divisional) , Diversity Committee , Residential RLS Board of Directors , REBNY Tech Committee

AWARDS: 2019 The Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award