Jeffrey Levine is the founding principal and chairman of The Douglaston Companies, consisting of Douglaston Development, Levine Builders, and Clinton Management. Since 1979, Mr. Levine has directed the new construction or rehabilitation of thousands of residential units, including both affordable and market rate housing, student housing, hotels, senior living, healthcare facilities, and millions of square feet of commercial retail, office, and institutional spaces.
Mr. Levine’s most recent accomplishment is the development of 3Eleven, a 60-story tower adjacent to Hudson Yards, consisting of 938 mixed-income, multi-family units and over 60,000 square feet of amenity space. He is also participating in the rehabilitation of the Linden/Penn-Wortman Houses, a 1,922-unit NYCHA property in East New York, where he lived for a portion of his childhood.
In recent years, Mr. Levine developed the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn – more than two million square feet of mixed-use residential, spread across six distinct buildings. This includes The Edge condominiums, affordable housing in the Edge Community Apartments, and market rate rental housing at 1 North 4th Place and Level BK. The property houses approximately 2,000 residential units, over 60,000 square feet of retail, structured parking, a water taxi pier, and a pedestrian esplanade.
Mr. Levine is a member of REBNY’s Executive Committee and a founding member of both the NYS Association for Affordable Housing and the Kimmel Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting affordable housing and services for aged, handicapped, and other special-needs populations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, the New York Housing Conference, and the Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Queens. Mr. Levine also sits on the Advisory Board of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City University of New York and New York University’s Real Estate Institute.
Among Mr. Levine’s many professional recognitions are REBNY’s Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award, which honors his lifetime of exceptional accomplishment in the industry and invaluable contributions to New York’s civic welfare. He has also been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the National Association of Home Builders Affordable Builder of the Year.
Mr. Levine currently sits on the Board of Directors at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Jewish National Fund and is a member of its National Board, which recently honored him with its Tree of Life, a humanitarian award given in recognition of outstanding community involvement.
Mr. Levine is a graduate of the City University of New York’s City College School of Architecture, from which he received the Townsend Harris Medal in 2020 for outstanding postgraduate achievement.