Dan Biederman, co-founder of Grand Central Partnership, 34th Street Partnership, and Bryant Park Corporation, in New York, currently serves as the President of the latter two of those downtown management organizations and as an advisor to other downtown redevelopment management efforts in several other cities.
Bryant Park Corporation, founded in 1980 as the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation, with the assistance of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is one of the largest efforts in the nation to apply private management backed by private funding to a public park. The park, once a dangerous and depressing place, reopened in 1991, and now has no crime, a budget 20 times the level under prior city management, and has been a huge success with public, press, and nearby institutions. Daily attendance counts often exceed 1000 people per acre on non-event days, which makes Bryant Park the most densely occupied urban park in the world. A study by a national accounting firm has documented huge increases in real estate value surrounding the park.
34th Street Partnership, co-founded in 1989 by Mr. Biederman, covers a critical area with over 33 million square feet of commercial space, including Pennsylvania Station, Madison Square Garden, the Herald Square shopping district, and the Empire State Building. In January of 1992, the Partnership opened a $6 million annual program of security, sanitation, social services, tourist information, public events, and debt service on a major capital improvement bond of $30 million for to the district's street, sidewalks, and plazas. Crime has been reduced by close to 80%, the streets are spotless, and dozens of retailers have been helped to upgrade their facades and merchandising. Its "streetscape" projects include new lighting, signs, street furniture, plantings, information kiosks, and other amenities, and have won numerous awards for their appearance and function, all financed by Aa3-rated private bond issue.
Chelsea Improvement Company, founded in 2007 by Mr. Biederman in partnership with Belvedere Capital Management, Jamestown, The Related Companies, and Taconic Investment Partners, with the aim to redevelop the public realm in the lively blocks surrounding Chelsea Market. Funded through voluntary contributions by neighborhood real estate owners, CIC immediately began improving the area by designing, developing and installing a line of custom streetscape elements that pay homage to the neighborhood's industrial past, while reflecting its present status as an upscale dining, retail and nightclub district. The line includes façade-mounted pedestrian lighting, a parking regulation sign system, treepit treatments, and lit street signs. CIC also installed taxi stands, and added tables, chairs, umbrellas, planters and free programming to neighborhood public spaces.
Since the late 1990s, Mr. Biederman has expanded his focus beyond New York as a private consultant. Through his consulting firm, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures he has advised Business Improvement Districts and designed the plan for new or improved parks in Pittsburgh, Newark, Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Richmond, and Atlanta, as well as bringing to London (at the request of the Deputy Prime Minister) the framework for the first BIDs in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Biederman served for four years as an advisor to the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, and currently serves on the Dean's Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the advisory board of Van Cortland Park Conservancy, and the board of NYC & Company. He also chairs the NYC BID Association, Millrose Games Advisory Board, Friends of Princeton Track, and is treasurer of the 42nd Street Development Corp.
Mr. Biederman is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1975. He also earned an M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration in 1977. He was the recipient of the Manhattan Institute's first Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. This lifetime achievement award is presented annually to a non-profit leader who has found innovative, private solutions for America's most pressing social problems, and who has been both demonstrably effective and widely influential.
He lives in Chappaqua, New York with his wife, Susan Duke Biederman, a fine arts attorney and author. They have two grown children, Robert and Brooke.