Denise LeFrak Calicchio
Denise LeFrak Calicchio, real estate maven, mother, wife, philanthropist, and author, began working professionally in real estate in 1986. Born into a prominent real estate family, she worked in the family business, the LeFrak Organization, for several years before joining Sotheby’s as a specialist in Manhattan real estate 1991. As a young girl, Denise's father Samuel LeFrak would take her and her siblings to development sites where her fascination with buildings and their tenants was first set in motion. l‘Samuel LeFrak was my mentor," she has said. "He was a visionary and a genius." A deep-rooted love of real estate has remained a constant passion throughout her life.
Denise's many interests include charitable and cultural pursuits. She was a Trustee of Marymount College for 15 years and has served on a wide variety of committee and boards including the Women's Bank Advisory Board, The Metropolitan Museum's Chairman's Council, the Executive Board of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the board of the Cancer Research and Treatment Fund, and Long Island University. An art enthusiast and collector, she travels extensively with the Guggenheim Museum and she has been the Co-Chair of the Patron's Circle of the Guggenheim since 2000. Denise is also on the Contemporary Art Council at the Museum of Modern Art and serves on its nominating committee Selecting future members.
Denise has co-written two books, each offering a look at iconic NYC real estate from an insider's view. High Rise, Low Down, written with her friends Eunice David and Kathryn Livingston, tells the story of 30 ofthe most important residential buildings in NYC, their social history, architecture, and a roster of residents past and present. Her second book, Rooftop Gardens, written with Roberta Amon, focuses on the hidden jewels of NYC outdoor spaces. In addition, she was the inspiration for the 1963 hit song Denise by Randy & the Rainbows.