Quiet Donor of $40-Million N.Y. Bike Track Branches Into Art

A profile in The New York Times examines the life and giving of Joshua Rechnitz, the intensely private son and grandson of philanthropists who burst into view earlier this year with a $40-million gift to build an indoor cycling track and multipurpose sports facility in a Brooklyn park. He is also investing millions of dollars in plans to turn a derelict Brooklyn warehouse into an art gallery and studio space.

As he has done with interview requests since making the $40-million pledge in April, the 47-year-old donor declined to speak to the Times, beyond issuing a brief written statement. Friends and collaborators interviewed for the article describe Mr. Rechnitz as modest and shy but committed to the Brooklyn Bridge Park field house project, which has drawn criticism from some local community groups.

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