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BY ALINE REYNOLDS |  Diana Switaj is a second-year student in Columbia University’s Masters in Urban Planning program and is the new Urban Fellow at Community Board 1. Switaj discusses her work for C.B.1, her career goals and offers her opinion on Occupy Wall Street and Blue Spoon’s roast beef and cheddar sandwich. What interested […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Community Board 1 Vice Chair Catherine McVay Hughes is a newly appointed member of the World Trade Center Health Program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, charged with reviewing scientific and medical data in order to recommend additonal illnesses to be covered under the 9/11 Heatlh and Compensation Act. McVay Hughes reflects […]

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Edward Devereux Sheffe, III, known as “Ro,” was a sophomore in college when he was drafted because of the Vietnam War. He did not believe it was ethically justified for the United States to be in that war, but felt it was his duty to serve. As a non-commissioned officer in the Navy, he was […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Naima Rauam is known for her eloquent paintings and drawings of the Fulton Fish Market, which she started to chronicle more than 40 years ago. Even after the Fish Market left the South Street Seaport, Rauam continued to paint what she saw there. She currently exhibits and sells her art […]

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BY Terese Loeb Kreuzer After 18 years living and working as an attorney in New York City, Community Board 1 member Bill Love is packing his bags to return to Virginia. Love discusses his career path, his role in community politics and his move. You graduated from law school at the age of 50. What […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Drew Alexander, who recently took the helm of the Claremont Preparatory School, discusses his objectives as the new headmaster. Alexander formerly served as the director of the Anglo-American School of Moscow and the high school principal of Cairo American College in Egypt. What is your vision for Claremont Prep? My vision […]

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  BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Sheila Birnbaum, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, talks about her objectives as the newly appointed administrator of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, and how her previous experience mediating wrongful death and personal injury law suits of nearly 100 families and 9/11 victims makes her equipped for […]

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Eric Greenleaf, a marketing professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business who has two fourth graders in P.S. 234, discusses the worrisome state of Downtown elementary schools and offers advice to the city Department of Education on how to solve the problem. What prompted you to get actively involved in researching Downtown school […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island, talks about her job and about the island’s present and future, in light of the island’s seasonal reopening to the public last Friday, May 27. What new events and activities should visitors to Governors Island look forward to this summer? Every weekend, […]

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By Aline Reynolds | Marc Forgione won the Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” competition last year and has gained a strong reputation in Tribeca for his acclaimed restaurant at 134 Reade St. He discusses his motivation to become a chef, experience on the show and his love of Tribeca. What motivated you to become […]

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