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Doctoroff sets sights on Hudson Yards role
Bloomberg's CEO will focus on Hudson Yards' Culture Shed

Theresa Agovino
September 9, 2014

Culture Shed, the planned arts institution for Hudson Yards, may be the biggest beneficiary of Daniel Doctoroff's departure from Bloomberg LP.

Mr. Doctoroff heads Culture Shed's board and said last week that he would be spending more time on it after he steps down as Bloomberg's president and CEO at the end of the year. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg will go back to running his namesake company.

Mr. Doctoroff's increased involvement would come as Culture Shed gets ready to enter a new stage of activity. Search firm Russell Reynolds has been tapped to find an executive director, and sources said that requests for bids on construction contracts would soon be released. Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group were tapped to design the 170,000-square-foot, multipurpose structure, which is slated to abut the High Line along West 30th Street near 11th Avenue.

The Shed will feature programming such as art exhibits, concerts and theater and dance shows.

It's unclear how much the structure will cost to build. Mr. Doctoroff didn't return calls, and a spokeswoman for Bloomberg Associates, the former mayor's newly launched consulting firm, said no one was available to discuss the project. Former Cultural Commissioner Kate Levin, who now works at Bloomberg Associates, was a champion of Culture Shed. She sat on its board when she was in the Bloomberg administration but no longer does.

The Bloomberg administration's $50 million grant to Culture Shed raised eyebrows last year, with some thinking it was an especially generous contribution to an organization that didn't have a staff, budget or programming. There were no additional funds for Culture Shed in Mayor Bill de Blasio's first budget, according to a spokesman for the city's Department of Cultural Affairs.

According to papers filed with the IRS, Culture Shed was expecting to raise $101 million in 2013, and $96 million this year.

The board has at least one heavy hitter besides Mr. Doctoroff: billionaire Steve Ross, who is developing Hudson Yards. Sources said that designer Diane von Furstenberg and Richard Koshalek, former director of Washington, D.C.'s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, are also on the board. Ms. von Furstenberg's spokeswoman didn't return a call, and Mr. Koshalek couldn't be reached for comment.
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