A family legend.
In 1946 in New York City, 17 acres of land along the East River were transformed into a world affair. Visionary real estate developer William Zeckendorf Sr. offered the site to the United Nations as their new permanent home. With the help of the Rockefeller family, this historic deal became William Zeckendorf, Sr.’s greatest professional achievement.
60 years later, his grandsons William Lie and Arthur Zeckendorf, in partnership with Eyal Ofer’s Global Holdings, would purchase the site directly across from the United Nations. Given their family history, the neighborhood has great personal significance. “In addition to our paternal grandfather’s vision, our maternal grandfather Trygve Lie was the first UN Secretary General.” In tribute, this new project is christened 50 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA.