Professional Profile: Jeffrey Levine 2017

Jeffrey Levine

Name: Jeffrey Levine

Title: Chairman  

Company: Douglaston Development 

Location: Douglaston, Queens and Midtown Manhattan    

Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY 

Family: Wife: Randi Levine, son: Benjamin Levine, daughters: Jessica Sherman and Dara Levine

College: City University of New York’s City College School of Architecture

First job unrelated to your current field: Delivered meat for kosher butcher

First job in current field: Laborer for N&L Concrete

What your firm does now and its plans for the future? Douglaston has a strong footprint in NYC and the boroughs. We are working on affordable housing in the Bronx and Staten Island as well as finishing up our final residential tower along the Williamsburg waterfront. The latest property coming online at the waterfront is a 554-unit building called LEVEL that started leasing in July. We are planning an 80/20  residential rental tower in West Chelsea. Douglaston is also working on hospitality and mixed use ventures in Seattle and London as well as  an independent and assisted senior living project in Mesa, AZ.

Hobbies: Tennis and hiking 

Favorite novel: “Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand; “The Fifties” by David Halberstam

Favorite film: “Blazing Saddles” and “Mutiny in the Bounty”

Keys to success: High threshold for aggravation, and a Swiss army knife

Person(s) you most admire (outside of family): Ronald Reagan, Michael Bloomberg and Scarlett Johansson

If you had to choose a different profession, what would it be? I can’t imagine!