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The Met to Honor Jonathan L. Mechanic at 2019 Real Estate Council Benefit

Jonathan L. Mechanic, Chairman of the Real Estate Department at the international law firm Fried, Frank, Shriver, Harris & Jacobson LLP, will be honored at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 24th annual Real Estate Council Benefit. The program for the event—which will take place at the Museum on November 7, 2019, 6:30–9:30 p.m.—includes an exhibition viewing, cocktails, and dinner. Annually, the Benefit raises more than $2 million to support the Museum’s educational mission. The co-chairs of the 2019 Benefit Committee are Bruce A. Beal, Jr., Jeff T. Blau, Daniel Brodsky, Ric Clark, William C. Rudin, and Alan H. Wiener. All are former honorees.

“For the past four decades, Jon has distinguished himself as a true leader in our field,” said Mr. Brodsky, who is also Chairman of The Met. “In addition to his many achievements in the area of real estate transactions, he is an effective teacher and lecturer who regularly shares his extensive knowledge and insights with students and younger members of his profession. He also serves the community by generously donating his time to many philanthropic organizations. Through his example, he has demonstrated a deep understanding of the importance of education, which is the very essence of this award.”

“I am honored to receive this tremendous recognition from The Real Estate Council. I am committed to sustaining our cultural institutions and all that The Met offers to the public and pledge to continue that tradition alongside my colleagues in the real estate industry.”

As Chairman of Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department, Mr. Mechanic routinely counsels developers, owners, investors, REITs, and lenders in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.

Mr. Mechanic has taught the real estate transactions course at Harvard Law School for more than ten years. He also lectures regularly for NYU Law School, the Real Estate Board of New York and the Practising Law Institute, and is a co-author of The Commercial Office Lease Handbook published by the American Bar Association.

Mr. Mechanic is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors for the Real Estate Board of New York and of the Board of Trustees of NYU Law School. He serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, the Industrial Advisory Board for the Columbia University Center for Urban Real Estate, and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. 

Mr. Mechanic was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from New York University and the 2016 Chambers USA Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award, which highlighted his work on tens of billions of dollars in property deals and praised his support of the ongoing development of the real estate market. For a decade, Mr. Mechanic has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a “Star Individual” in real estate and is consistently included on Commercial Observer's “Power 100” list of the most powerful people in New York real estate. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from New York University in 2016.

The Real Estate Council was created in 1981 to promote and maintain industry involvement with The Met. The annual tradition of saluting members of the real estate and construction community for their commitment and generosity to cultural organizations such as The Met was established at the council’s inaugural gala in 1996. Generous contributions help sustain a wide range of educational programs offered to millions of annual visitors. Recent past honorees include:  Frank Cohen, Gary Jacob, Joel I. Picket, Burton P. Resnick, Adam R. Rose and Amy Rose, Mary Ann Tighe, Daniel R. Tishman, and Donald Zucker.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens—businessmen and financiers as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day—who wanted to create a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. Today, The Met displays tens of thousands of objects covering 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Since its founding, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.



October 10, 2019

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