Posts Tagged ‘Community Builders’

Subway Cuts Don’t Block this Advocate’s Vision

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Albert’s push for service improvements runs express By Megan Finnegan Andrew Albert has a vision for the future of New York City transit. As the chairman of the Transit Riders Council and the representative from that committee to the MTA board, he knows what straphangers need most and also how the MTA can best bring [&hellip
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Restaurateur’s Compass Points Due West

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Founder of Taste of the UWS helps the nabe’s restaurants By Megan Finnegan The Upper West Side has not always been the culinary destination it is today. The Manhattan neighborhood once derided for its lack of food diversity and quality has become the home of some nationally recognized restaurants and a vibrant culinary scene, thanks [&hellip
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A Voice for His Neighbors

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Paul S. Bunten has been a devoted Upper West Side advocate since his Columbia graduate student days, back in the 1980s. “There is no substitute for complete understanding,” he said, “and a neighborhood can only be profoundly understood when the citizens who have created it over many decades of daily life are personally consulted.” Bunten, [&hellip
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Activism at Every Age

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Batya Lewton has a loose definition of the word “retirement.” Instead of taking time to enjoy life and relax, she became a full-time community activist. But that is hardly surprising, given her history. In 1986, a negligent landlord didn’t stop her from enjoying her home: she was dubbed “Landlord Buster of the Year” by building [&hellip
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Keeping Up the Avenue

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Richard Emery and Erika Petersen, co-founders of the West End Preservation Society, are not just looking to protect the historic townhouses of West End Avenue, but an entire way of life. “There are a lot of families, and it’s great in the afternoon when they’re out,” Petersen said. “The feel of community is consistent up [&hellip
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A REGAL ACTIVIST

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COMMUNITY BUILDERS As National Director for Equal Employment Opportunity at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Joyce S. Johnson was nicknamed “Duchess” for her manner and style. “We were out there in Las Vegas with the sales folks and the bigwigs. You know, it’s the liquor industry,” she laughed, “and I guess they saw me as [&hellip
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A TOP TENANT LEADER

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COMMUNITY BUILDERS Margarita Curet moved to Amsterdam Houses in 1960, so if anyone knows and loves the cluster of 24 buildings between 61st and 64th streets at Amsterdam Avenue, she does. When Curet arrived 48 years ago, two of her children were very small; another two were born at Amsterdam. Though all four have grown [&hellip
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CREATIVE COMMUNITY THINKING

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COMMUNITY BUILDERS Helen Rosenthal says her mission has been to put the “community” back in the community board. It was community outreach that made her former job, overseeing health care budgets under Mayors Koch, Dinkins and Guiliani, come alive. “What made it real was going to individual hospitals,” she said, “seeing their working conditions and [&hellip
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