David Bistricer

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David Bistricer
Born 1949 (age 69–70)
Residence Borough Park, Brooklyn
Nationality United States
Occupation Real Estate Developer
Known for Founder and Principal of Clipper Equity
Spouse(s) Esther Bistricer
Children Five
Parent(s) Elsa Bistricer
Moric Bistricer

David Bistricer (born August 10, 1949) is a New York-based real estate developer and the founder and principal of Clipper Equity.[1] His firm focuses on the conversion of non-residential buildings to residential uses.[2] One of Bistricer's latest ventures, in partnership with Chetrit Group, is the transformation of the shuttered four-building Cabrini Medical Center at 220 and 230 East 20th Street and 215 and 225 East 19th Street into a residential a condo project, Gramercy Square, with 223 units. The Woods Bagot-designed development features a different style for each property: a modern, a prewar, a boutique and a tower building. It also has about 38,000 square feet of amenities including a 75' sky-lit pool, a gym, a theater, a meditation room exclusively programmed by MNDFL and a wine cellar.[3] And there’s ample green space with a courtyard, a greenhouse and landscaping around the buildings.[4]

Early life and education

Bistricer was born in Brussels, Belgium to an Orthodox Jewish family, the son of Moric and Elsa Bistricer.[1][5] His mother was a prisoner at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany during World War II while his father hid from the Nazis in Budapest.[1] In 1951, his family immigrated to New York City when Bistricer was two.[1] In New York, his parents invested in real estate primarily on West End Avenue and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.[1] Bistricer joined the family business in the 1970s.[1] In the 1980s, the Bistricer family was heavily involved in the conversion of rental buildings in New York City into cooperatives.In 1994, they were charged with not disclosing sufficient information to the buyers of the units and in 1998, they were banned from selling co-ops and condos.[1] In 2001, the restriction on the family business was partially lifted and in 2009, it was fully lifted.[1]


In 1987, in his first large transaction, Bistricer partnered with real estate investor Jacob Schwimmer and purchased a four-tower, 960 apartment complex at 101 Wadsworth Avenue in Washington Heights for $11 million.[1] Also in 1987, Bistricer purchased 30% of the Chicago-based electrical wire manufacturer, Coleman Cable (which went public in 2007).[1] In 2002, he expanded into Brooklyn purchasing two Downtown Brooklyn office buildings for $40 million; and in 2005, he purchased the 27-story New York Telephone Company building in Downtown Brooklyn and converted the building into the 219-unit BellTel Lofts condominiums, one of the first large residential projects in Downtown Brooklyn.[1]

In 2005, Bistricer purchased the rent-regulated 59 building Vanderveer Estates Apartments in East Flatbush for $138.2 million with the intent to renovate them into a collection of spacious rental apartments, since renamed Flatbush Gardens. At the time of purchase, the complex had over 12,000 housing code violations inherited by Bistricer. By 2016, Bistricer spent diligent effort and $20 million in renovations to effectively reduce those violations by over 95%.[6] Currently the complex is 97% occupied and considered a highly desirable place to reside. [7]

In 2006, Bistricer founded Clipper Equity.[1] A year later, his bid to purchase for $1.3 billion the rent regulated Starrett City complex in East New York failed, partly the result of bad publicity surrounding the Tishman Speyer Properties purchase of Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village.[1][8] In 2011, partnering with Joseph Chetrit, he purchased the Chelsea Hotel for $80 million;[9][10][11] they sold their interest in 2013.[12] In 2013, Bistricer began the restoration and reconversion to a hotel of the former Hotel Bossert in Downtown Brooklyn[13] and the conversion of the Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan into housing.[1]

In 2013, in his largest transaction to date, Bistricer and his partner Joseph Chetrit, purchased the Sony Tower in New York City for $1.1 billion, intending to convert the building into condominiums.[14][15] They halted the project in 2016 due to fears of an over-supply of luxury housing, instead selling the building for $1.4B to the Olayan Group of Saudi Arabia.[16]

Bistricer has a conservative investment methodology and typically minimizes the use of debt with no more than 70 percent debt to equity.[1]


In 2012, Bistricer donated $70,000 to various nonprofit groups including Yeshiva Simchas Chaim in Sheepshead Bay.[1]

Personal life

Bistricer lives in Borough Park, Brooklyn with his wife Esther.[1] They have five children.[1] His son J.J. Bistricer is also active in the family business.[1][17][15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s The Real Deal: "David Bistricer gets busy - The $1.1 billion Sony Building buy is not the only deal occupying the investor’s time" By Adam Pincus September 01, 2013
  2. ^ "Clipper Equity". Clipper Equity.
  3. ^ Global, Mansion. "Well-Being Facilities, Designs From Top Pros and Sky-High Perks: The Amenities of 2019". www.mansionglobal.com. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  4. ^ La Guerre, Liam. "High Off His Sale of the Sony Building, David Bistricer Talks Condos, de Blasio". Commercial Observer. Observer Media. Retrieved 01/04/2018. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ The Real Deal: "Clans with plans" By Adam Pincus February 01, 2011
  6. ^ Solomont, E.B. "The Closing: David Bistricer". The Real Deal. Korangy Publishing Inc. Retrieved 01/04/2018. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Complex: Flatbush Gardens". Steeteasy. Zillow Inc. Retrieved 01/04/2018. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ New York Times: "Aspiring Buyer of Starrett City Is Back Onstage" By CHARLES V. BAGLI April 6, 2007
  9. ^ Wall Street Journal: "Hotel Chelsea's New Proprietor" by Craig Carmin May 16, 2011
  10. ^ New York Times: "First, No More Guests; Now, Chelsea Hotel Says No More Art" By COREY KILGANNON November 4, 2011
  11. ^ Curbed NY: "Joseph Chetrit Sues Hotel Chelsea's Former Owners for $4.15M" by Hana Alberts March 12, 2013
  12. ^ The Real Deal: "King & Grove reneges on Hotel Chelsea eviction vow: Tenants" September 17, 2013
  13. ^ New York Post: "Reputed slumlord taking over ‘Waldorf-Astoria of Brooklyn’" By Rich Calder May 15, 2012
  14. ^ Crain's New York: "How did this man buy that building? - Joseph Chetrit grabs Sony Building with $1.1B offer" By Daniel Geiger January 27, 2013
  15. ^ a b Wall Street Journal: "At Clipper Equity, Generational Change - Among other things, the company may sell part of its portfolio to the public" By Theresa Agovino October 11, 2015
  16. ^ New York Times: "Plan to Turn Sony Building Into Luxury Apartments Is Abandoned" By CHARLES V. BAGLI APRIL 29, 2016
  17. ^ Voz iz Neias: "Brooklyn, NY - Young Charedi Real Estate Mogul Praised For Revitalizing Living Conditions In Apt. Complex" November 7, 2008
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