John Eugene Zuccotti

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John Eugene Zuccotti
Born John Eugene Zuccotti
(1937-06-23)June 23, 1937
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York
Died November 19, 2015(2015-11-19) (aged 78)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Occupation Real estate developer
Spouse(s) Susan Zuccotti
Children Three
Parent(s) Angelo and Gemma Zuccotti
Relatives Andrew Zuccotti

John Eugene Zuccotti [dzukˈkɔtti] (June 23, 1937[1] – November 19, 2015) was an Italian-American businessman active in real estate and development in New York City. He is best known as the namesake of Zuccotti Park.

Early life[edit]

John Zuccotti was born in 1937 to Angelo and Gemma Zuccotti. He had one brother, Andrew. His father was an Italian immigrant to the United States who had become well known in New York's high society as the longtime maitre d' of El Morocco, a nightclub frequented by the rich and famous.[2]

Zuccotti graduated in 1959 from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree. He earned a JD degree from Yale Law School in 1963.


Zuccotti served in a number of governmental and civic positions including member of the New York City Planning Commission starting in 1971, of which he became chairman in 1973.[3] In mid-November 1975, he was named first deputy mayor of the city by Mayor Abraham D. Beame, serving until 1977[4] Zuccotti practiced law from 1977 until 1990.[5]

Zuccotti served as assistant to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and as chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York.[4] He was also a member of the boards of groups as diverse as World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

As a businessman, Zuccotti was active in the development of New York City, as a partner in a number of real estate firms including Olympia & York, and law firms such as Brown & Wood, Tufo & Zuccotti, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and as the U.S. chairman of Brookfield Properties.

Politically, Zuccotti was active in both Democratic and Republican politics on both the local and national level, serving at various times on the National Republican Congressional Committee and Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

Zuccotti was married to Susan Sessions Zuccotti, the author of a number of books relating to the Holocaust.[4] He died of a heart attack on November 19, 2015. aged 78.[6][1]


  1. ^ a b Roberts, Sam (2015-11-20). "John E. Zuccotti, Urbanist, Financier and Would-Be Mayor, Dies at 78". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  2. ^ Thomas Jr., Robert McG. (August 12, 1998). "Angelo Zuccotti, 89, Artist of the Velvet Rope". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "John E. Zuccotti".National 9/11 memorial and museum (March 28, 2013)
  4. ^ a b c Roberts, Sam. "City Room: A Public Servant Whose Name Is Now on Protesters’ Lips" New York Times (October 5, 2011)
  5. ^ Putzier, Konrad (2015-11-20). "John Zuccotti, titan of Downtown, dies at 78". The Real Deal New York. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  6. ^ Weiss, Lois (November 20, 2015). "John Zuccotti, tireless champion of Downtown, dies at 78". New York Post. Retrieved November 20, 2015.

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