Trailblazing real estate mogul dies at 92

Trailblazing real estate mogul dies at 92
Muriel Broxmeyer, who broke down gender barriers in the real estate market, died last month at the age of 92, according to her family. (Photo courtesy of

Muriel Broxmeyer, who dismantled gender boundaries in the real estate industry, died last month at 92, her family announced.

Muriel Rothstein was born in 1929 to Lillian and Morris Rothstein. Along with her older brother, Leonard, she grew up in Riverdale. At 15, she completed high school and began attending New York University.

Broxmeyer married and had three boys — Mark, Neal and Gary — and moved to Westchester to raise her children.

After becoming a single mom in the 1960s, she began working as a secretary at Robert Martin Company, Westchester’s largest landlord and developer. Eventually, Broxmeyer broke the glass ceiling by ascending to the position of vice president in the early 1970s.

Broxmeyer founded and was the owner of Property Ventures Ltd., a brokerage firm that specialized in co-op conversions. She also co-founded Fairfield Properties in 1973 and she remained a partner in the company until her death. Today, it is one of the largest residential landlord companies on Long Island.

Early in the 1980s, Broxmeyer and her late partner, Richard “Dick” Weil, moved to Roslyn Harbor. Later they moved to a senior community in Port Washington around 2010.

Broxmeyer died surrounded by her family at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn on Aug. 16.

Mark and Neal, two of Broxmeyer’s sons, predeceased her. She is survived by her son, Gary (Lisa Broxmeyer); daughter-in-law, Susan Broxmeyer; and her grandchildren, Michael (Dana), Evan, Rebecca, Daniel, Marissa, Matthew, Noah, Dara Gruenberg (Jon Gruenberg), Jennifer (Eitan Kensky) and David (Naava); and her great-grandchildren, Jacob, Justin, Jared, Cornelia Gruenberg, Jake Gruenberg, Nathaniel, Mason, Simon Kensky, Isadora Kensky and Nadav.

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