The First Annual Downtown OTTY Awards

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Council Member Margaret Chin, Downtowner of the Year Our Town Downtown thanks the people who make life in lower Manhattan spectacular When we decided to start a tradition of presenting awards to outstanding community members who live and work in downtown Manhattan, the one thing we knew would be easy was finding recipients. We weren’t disappointed. The inaugural Downtown OTTY (Our Town Thanks [&hellip
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Block Association Leader Brings History Into the Present

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Richard Blodgett has spent decades getting to know the Charlton Street community By Rebecca Temerario Richard Blodgett didn’t expect to fall in love with New York. After graduating from Middlebury College in 1962, Blodgett relocated to New York City for a job with the Wall Street Journal. In 1968, Blodgett moved to his current address. [&hellip
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Community Leader Was a Beacon in Dark Times

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Chris Kui helped bring emergency funds and hope to downtown after Hurricane Sandy struck By Emily Johnson On the third day after Hurricane Sandy, the staff of Asian Americans for Equality managed to gather themselves and return to their Division Street office—but like the rest of the Lower East Side, it was dark. Without electricity, [&hellip
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Lower East Side Yoga Instructor Offers More Than Exercise

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Tricia Donegan coaxes inspired poses and generosity out of her local yoga enthusiasts By Sophia Rosenbaum Yoga studios in New York are as common as pizza joints, but there’s a reason Lady Gaga chose Tricia Donegan to be her yoga instructor. Donegan, 42, is a burst of energy with a toned physique adorned with tattoos and [&hellip
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Léman School Chef Masters the Art of Pleasing Kids’ Palates

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Jenny Gensterblum transforms cafeteria food into healthy and delectable meals By Alex Mikoulianitch Jenny Gensterblum isn’t your ordinary lunch lady working at Léman Preparatory School and flipping hash browns. She’s got an impressive arsenal of cooking skills up her sleeve, all backed by a degree from the French Culinary Institute in New York, which she [&hellip
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Longtime LGBT Advocate Pioneers New Health Services

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Barbara Warren heads LGBT health division at Beth Israel Barbara Warren, the director of LGBT health services for Beth Israel, is a humble woman who, according to Vice President for Public Affairs Jim Mandler, “has spent her entire career advocating for individuals in the LGBT community.” Before arriving at Beth Israel 11 months ago, Warren [&hellip
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Lower East Side Leader Provided Direly Needed Help Post-Sandy

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David Garza worked with Henry Street Settlement team to keep food and assistance flowing in the wake of the storm by Emily Johnson In the first days after Hurricane Sandy, thousands in downtown Manhattan were stranded in cold, dark apartments. FEMA, flush with disaster relief funds, had the resources to send a truck with 22,000 [&hellip
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Trinity Church Rector Ministers to the Earthly and the Spiritual

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in Downtown OTTY Awards, Special Sections

Dr. James Cooper leads by example As the rector and chief executive of New York City’s venerable Trinity Wall Street Church, Dr. James H. Cooper has overseen all aspects of the organization, from Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel to St. Margaret’s House, since his appointment in 2004. Cooper, who received his Master of Divinity [&hellip
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