This Thursday, December 6, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will launch its new public programming series, New York Stories. This series will welcome prominent New Yorkers to the Museum to share their experiences of the city, beginning with 9/11 Memorial & Museum board member Howard Milstein.
Milstein hails from one of New York’s great real estate families and has been a major force in the development of New York City. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, Milstein Properties owned and managed a number of properties, both businesses and residential, in Battery Park near the World Trade Center.
A lifelong New Yorker and real estate owner and builder, Milstein watched the destruction of the Twin Towers unfold on his television. Having played a key role in the original development of the World Trade Center site and the surrounding area in the 1970s, he immediately recognized the scale and devastation of the attacks. Milstein recorded an oral history for the museum about his role in securing the safety of his tenants and staff on 9/11, his efforts after the attack to mobilize resources for first-responders and his leading role in the rebuilding of lower Manhattan in the years after 9/11.
Howard is co-chairman, president and CEO of Emigrant Savings Bank and its holding company, New York Private Bank & Trust, as well as a managing partner of Milstein Properties. He is a prolific philanthropist and has dedicated his time and generosity to numerous organizations, including the Milstein National Cord Blood Center at the New York Blood Center, the Milstein Medical Research Program at Rockefeller University and the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation.
In “New York Stories: Howard Milstein,” Milstein will share how he and others responded to the events of 9/11, from providing immediate relief to New Yorkers across the city to healing and rebuilding lower Manhattan over the last 17 years. Tickets to this program may be reserved here.
By Harmony Barker, Public Programs Coordinator, 9/11 Memorial Museum