This month in RE history: Fifth Avenue Association is formed, GE gives skyscraper to Columbia University … and more

From the June issue: Merchants and residents of Fifth Avenue floated plans to organize a business improvement group called the Fifth Avenue Association 109 years ago this month. Thirty merchants, led by Robert Grier Cooke, held their first meeting at the Fifth Avenue Hotel. The association, a predecessor of today’s business improvement districts, sought to […]

This month in RE history: Brooklyn Bridge opens, Jane Jacobs is born … and more

The Brooklyn Bridge under construction From the May issue: The Brooklyn Bridge, an expensive feat of engineering that stitched together two boroughs, officially opened 133 years ago this month. In 1867, John Roebling, a German immigrant who designed the bridge, boasted, “The completed work, when constructed in accordance with my designs, will not only be […]