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Robert Durst of The Jinx's Family Real Estate Empire, Mapped

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The Durst family has been dominating real estate in New York City for exactly 100 years, though not without a little scandal—and now that scandal has graced the small screen. Robert Durst, the estranged scion of one of the city's most powerful real estate dynasties, is the subject of a six-part HBO documentary called The Jinx, and the finale airs Sunday night. The show has chronicled Robert's various murky (and alleged) misdeeds, which include being suspected of killing his first wife, and later his friend, and then somehow being acquitted of murder after shooting and dismembering his neighbor in Texas.

UPDATE: Durst was arrested Saturday in connection to the murder of his friend, and in the Sunday HBO finale was caught on tape confessing to killing "all of them." Yikes. What better time, then, to take stock of all the buildings the members of his family have made possible—despite all the drama, and with minimal involvement from the man one family member called a "true psychopath"—from One World Trade Center to Bjarke Ingels's under-construction rental pyramid along the West Side Highway. Here now, the wide-ranging reach of the Durst Organization, mapped.
—Jeremiah Budin and Zoe Rosenberg


· Douglas Durst: My Brother Is A 'True Psychopath' [Curbed]
· All Durst Organization coverage [Curbed]

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1. One World Trade Center

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72 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10007

Without a doubt the most well-known building that the Durst Organization has developed (and one of the most well-known buildings anywhere) is One World Trade Center, which was developed by the Port Authority with Durst joining on as a co-developer in 2010. At 104 stories and 1,776 feet, it stands as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth tallest in the world.

2. One Bryant Park

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Bank of America Tower
New York, NY 10036

Midtown's bail-out behemoth, the Bank of America tower at One Bryant Park, was completed in 2010 by the Durst Organization. COOKFOX designed the 54-story tower that serves as the the bank's global corporate headquarters as well as the corporate headquarters for the Durst Organization itself.

3. Historic Front Street

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217 Front Street
New York, NY 10038

The Durst Organization, in partnership with Zuberry Associates LLC, restored 11 18th-century buildings and three modern buildings on Front Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip in the Seaport in 2005, with architect Cook + Fox designing. The complex totals 95 rental apartments with 13 retail spaces.

4. The Bjarke Ingels Tetrahedron

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625 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

One of the city's most highly anticipated residential projects, the 57th Street tetrahedron (nee pyramid) that is being designed for Durst by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels will feature 709 rentals (20 percent affordable) when it is finished in late 2015 or early 2016.

5. The Helena

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601 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Built in 2003, The Helena, located just down the street from the Tetrahedron, stands at a massive 38 stories and 598 units. Last year, Durst was hit with a lawsuit from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney because the building is not sufficiently accessible to people in wheelchairs, violating the Fair Housing act.

6. 600 West 58th Street

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600 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

The Durst Organization is planning another residential project on the same block as the Tetrahedron and The Helena, one street up on 58th. This one is being designed by Studio V and will feature 65 apartments (12 of which will be affordable). It is expected to be completed in late 2016.

7. The Epic

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125 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001

The Durst Organization partnered with Fetner to build The Epic, a 58-story, 458-unit rental building near Penn Station, in 2006. The building was designed by SLCE and currently features apartments ranging in price from $3,195 to $7,995.

8. 114 West 47th Street

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114 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036

The Durst Organization website describes the 1989 development of the office tower at 114 West 47th Street as "a passing of the torch from the second generation of Durst family members involved with the company to the third," which means that Douglas Durst and his cousin Jody developed it along with Douglas's father Seymor and Seymour's brothers Roy and David. Shortly thereafter, the keys to the kingdom were officially handed over to Douglas, permanently fracturing the family's relationship with older brother Robert.

9. 4 Times Square

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4 Times Square
New York, NY 10036

4 Times Square, the former headquarters of Condé Nast who recently ditched the joint for other Durst development One World Trade Center, was built in the 1990s. Those not privy to buildings may recognize it as the location for the fictional book and movie The Devil Wears Prada. Nowadays, the tower can be recognized amidst other Midtown giants for the glaring H&M signage at its zenith.

10. 1155 Avenue of the Americas

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1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Developed in 1984, 1155 Avenue of the Americas is an Emory Roth & Sons-designed granite office tower. The 41-story building has been pegged as one of the top five office buildings in the city for law firms by a source of questionable authority.

11. 1133 Avenue of the Americas

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1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Another Durst Organization-developed, Emory Roth & Sons-designed office building stands at 1133 Avenue of the Americas. The limestone-clad tower was developed in 1970 and is 45-stories tall. The building underwent a renovation in 2013 that updated its lobby and elevators and brought a Leo Villareal LED art installation to its entrance.

12. 825 Third Avenue

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825 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10022

The office building at 825 Third Avenue rose in a void created by the removal of the Third Avenue El tracks in the 1950s. The 40-story tower was designed by Emory Roth & Sons and was completed in 1969. These days it houses a lot of offices as well as Mexican chain Dos Caminos. Guess we all know where everyone who toils in the building goes for a post-work margarita.

13. 733 Third Avenue

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733 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10028

The 24-story office tower at 733 Third Avenue was erected nearly five and a half decades ago. Also designed by Emory Roth & Sons, the Durst Organization acquired the site through multiple transactions spanning a decade prior to the building's initial rise in 1959.

14. 675 Third Avenue

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675 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10017

One of the Durst Organization's earlier office buildings, 675 Third Avenue was designed by Emory Roth & Sons and completed in 1966. It stands 32 stories tall.

15. 205 East 42nd Street

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205 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

202 East 42nd Street was acquired by Joesph Durst, father of Seymour and grandfather of Robert and Douglas, in 1944. The 21-story building was erected in 1927 under architecture firm Starrett & Van Vleck. Tenants in the building today include CUNY and WeWork.

16. 855 Avenue of the Americas

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855 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10001

The Durst Organization is in the midsts of developing a 43-story mixed-use building on Avenue of the Americas between 30th and 31st streets. When complete, the building will contain 122,000 square feet of office space, 70,000-square-feet retail, and 375 rentals beginning on the 8th floor. Tenants will have access to a "deluxe" gym, two roof terraces, and resident lounges. The building is expected in 2016.

17. The New School University Center

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65 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Along with the university, the Durst Organization helped develop the Pompidou-reminiscent student center for the New School on Fifth Avenue at 13th Street.

18. Hallets Point

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1st St. and 26th Ave
Queens, NY 11102

In September 2014, the Durst Organization acquired a 90-percent stake in the development site of Hallets Point, Queens, the company's first major project outside of Manhattan. The developer will bring seven apartment buildings with 2,400 apartments to the site as well as retail space and supermarkets. The project will be accompanied by nearby infrastructure improvements and waterfront park upgrades.

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1. One World Trade Center

72 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10007

Without a doubt the most well-known building that the Durst Organization has developed (and one of the most well-known buildings anywhere) is One World Trade Center, which was developed by the Port Authority with Durst joining on as a co-developer in 2010. At 104 stories and 1,776 feet, it stands as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth tallest in the world.

72 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10007

2. One Bryant Park

Bank of America Tower, New York, NY 10036

Midtown's bail-out behemoth, the Bank of America tower at One Bryant Park, was completed in 2010 by the Durst Organization. COOKFOX designed the 54-story tower that serves as the the bank's global corporate headquarters as well as the corporate headquarters for the Durst Organization itself.

Bank of America Tower
New York, NY 10036

3. Historic Front Street

217 Front Street, New York, NY 10038

The Durst Organization, in partnership with Zuberry Associates LLC, restored 11 18th-century buildings and three modern buildings on Front Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip in the Seaport in 2005, with architect Cook + Fox designing. The complex totals 95 rental apartments with 13 retail spaces.

217 Front Street
New York, NY 10038

4. The Bjarke Ingels Tetrahedron

625 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

One of the city's most highly anticipated residential projects, the 57th Street tetrahedron (nee pyramid) that is being designed for Durst by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels will feature 709 rentals (20 percent affordable) when it is finished in late 2015 or early 2016.

625 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

5. The Helena

601 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Built in 2003, The Helena, located just down the street from the Tetrahedron, stands at a massive 38 stories and 598 units. Last year, Durst was hit with a lawsuit from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney because the building is not sufficiently accessible to people in wheelchairs, violating the Fair Housing act.

601 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

6. 600 West 58th Street

600 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019

The Durst Organization is planning another residential project on the same block as the Tetrahedron and The Helena, one street up on 58th. This one is being designed by Studio V and will feature 65 apartments (12 of which will be affordable). It is expected to be completed in late 2016.

600 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

7. The Epic

125 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001

The Durst Organization partnered with Fetner to build The Epic, a 58-story, 458-unit rental building near Penn Station, in 2006. The building was designed by SLCE and currently features apartments ranging in price from $3,195 to $7,995.

125 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001

8. 114 West 47th Street

114 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

The Durst Organization website describes the 1989 development of the office tower at 114 West 47th Street as "a passing of the torch from the second generation of Durst family members involved with the company to the third," which means that Douglas Durst and his cousin Jody developed it along with Douglas's father Seymor and Seymour's brothers Roy and David. Shortly thereafter, the keys to the kingdom were officially handed over to Douglas, permanently fracturing the family's relationship with older brother Robert.

114 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036

9. 4 Times Square

4 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

4 Times Square, the former headquarters of Condé Nast who recently ditched the joint for other Durst development One World Trade Center, was built in the 1990s. Those not privy to buildings may recognize it as the location for the fictional book and movie The Devil Wears Prada. Nowadays, the tower can be recognized amidst other Midtown giants for the glaring H&M signage at its zenith.

4 Times Square
New York, NY 10036

10. 1155 Avenue of the Americas

1155 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036

Developed in 1984, 1155 Avenue of the Americas is an Emory Roth & Sons-designed granite office tower. The 41-story building has been pegged as one of the top five office buildings in the city for law firms by a source of questionable authority.

1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

11. 1133 Avenue of the Americas

1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036

Another Durst Organization-developed, Emory Roth & Sons-designed office building stands at 1133 Avenue of the Americas. The limestone-clad tower was developed in 1970 and is 45-stories tall. The building underwent a renovation in 2013 that updated its lobby and elevators and brought a Leo Villareal LED art installation to its entrance.

1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

12. 825 Third Avenue

825 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022

The office building at 825 Third Avenue rose in a void created by the removal of the Third Avenue El tracks in the 1950s. The 40-story tower was designed by Emory Roth & Sons and was completed in 1969. These days it houses a lot of offices as well as Mexican chain Dos Caminos. Guess we all know where everyone who toils in the building goes for a post-work margarita.

825 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10022

13. 733 Third Avenue

733 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10028

The 24-story office tower at 733 Third Avenue was erected nearly five and a half decades ago. Also designed by Emory Roth & Sons, the Durst Organization acquired the site through multiple transactions spanning a decade prior to the building's initial rise in 1959.

733 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10028

14. 675 Third Avenue

675 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10017

One of the Durst Organization's earlier office buildings, 675 Third Avenue was designed by Emory Roth & Sons and completed in 1966. It stands 32 stories tall.

675 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10017

15. 205 East 42nd Street

205 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

202 East 42nd Street was acquired by Joesph Durst, father of Seymour and grandfather of Robert and Douglas, in 1944. The 21-story building was erected in 1927 under architecture firm Starrett & Van Vleck. Tenants in the building today include CUNY and WeWork.

205 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

16. 855 Avenue of the Americas

855 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10001

The Durst Organization is in the midsts of developing a 43-story mixed-use building on Avenue of the Americas between 30th and 31st streets. When complete, the building will contain 122,000 square feet of office space, 70,000-square-feet retail, and 375 rentals beginning on the 8th floor. Tenants will have access to a "deluxe" gym, two roof terraces, and resident lounges. The building is expected in 2016.

855 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10001

17. The New School University Center

65 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Along with the university, the Durst Organization helped develop the Pompidou-reminiscent student center for the New School on Fifth Avenue at 13th Street.

65 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003

18. Hallets Point

1st St. and 26th Ave, Queens, NY 11102

In September 2014, the Durst Organization acquired a 90-percent stake in the development site of Hallets Point, Queens, the company's first major project outside of Manhattan. The developer will bring seven apartment buildings with 2,400 apartments to the site as well as retail space and supermarkets. The project will be accompanied by nearby infrastructure improvements and waterfront park upgrades.

1st St. and 26th Ave
Queens, NY 11102