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Peter S. Kalikow
Peter S. Kalikow is President of H.J. Kalikow & Company, LLC, one of New York City’s leading real estate firms. He is the former Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), former Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, past owner and publisher of the New York Post, and current Chairman of the Grand Central Partnership.
Mr. Kalikow began his career in real estate in 1967 and became President of
H.J. Kalikow & Co. in 1973. Mr. Kalikow is the third generation to preside over his family’s 90 year-old real estate company founded in 1927. Under his leadership, H.J. Kalikow & Co. has developed millions of square feet of commercial office space as well as constructed many prominent residential apartment houses inManhattan.
As a leader in New York City real estate, Mr. Kalikow is an active participant in every major real estate association and serves as a Governor of the Real Estate Board of New York. In recognition of his leadership, he has received numerous real estate awards, including the Harry Helmsley Award, the Award for Excellence by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater New York for the development of 101 Park Avenue, and the Golden Circle Award. He previously served on the boards of the Rent Stabilization Association and was presented the Fred C. Trump Outstanding Real Estate Achievement Award by the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York.
Mr. Kalikow has a longstanding commitment to public service and has served in a number of important roles. He served on the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the state authority which oversees the operations, planning, and financing of theNew Yorkmetropolitan area’s subways, buses, commuter railroads, bridges and tunnels, and acted as MTA Chairman until October, 2007. He was also a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, a bi-state authority which operates the region’s three major airports, bridges, tunnels, port districts and PATH commuter rail system. Mr. Kalikow currently serves on the Board of the New York Building Congress, an association committed to promoting the growth of the construction industry in theNew Yorkmetropolitan region. Mr. Kalikow also served on the Governor’s Transportation/Infrastructure Transition Committee.
Mr. Kalikow serves as Chairman of the Grand Central Partnership Board of Directors. The Grand Central Partnership is one of the largest and most successful Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) inNew York City, comprising 76 million square feet of commercial real estate in a 70-block area. Mr. Kalikow is very familiar with the area covered by the Grand Central Partnership, as his company headquarters,101 Park Avenue, was one of the first new office developments in the area dating back to 1982.
From 1988 through 1994, Mr. Kalikow was the owner of the New York Post, the oldest daily newspaper inAmerica founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1801.
Mr. Kalikow is involved in many philanthropic causes. He is a trustee of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he serves as a vice chairman and member of the board’s executive committee. The Peter and Mary Kalikow Founders Lobby as well as the Peter and Mary Kalikow Pediatric Intensive Care Unit recognize the Kalikow’s deep commitment to the institution
Mr. Kalikow is a founding trustee and first vice chair of the Museum of Jewish Heritage at Battery Park in New York City and has served on the board of the Jewish National Fund. He also serves as a trustee of Temple Emanu-El in New York City. He is also the recipient of awards from the UJA-Federation and Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith. He was presented with the Peace Medal, Israel’s highest civilian award, for his many years in aiding the nation’s development, including his efforts related to Israel Bonds.
Mr. Kalikow is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hofstra University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree in 1986. He received Hofstra’s Alumni of the Year Award in 1988. A major gift by Mr. Kalikow in 2015 established the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs at Hofstra University. This follows Mr. Kalikow’s prior gifts creating the Kalikow Center for Study of the American Presidency and the Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies.
In November, 2008, Mr. Kalikow was honored with the Commendatore in the Order of Merit of theItalianRepublic, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Government of Italy. Mr. Kalikow is widely recognized as a cultural ambassador for his economic and philanthropic efforts as they relate toItaly.