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2012 OTTY Awards: Condo Developers Who Also Built a School

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By Vatisha Smith The Upper East Side was rocked by a fatal crane accident in 2008 that resulted in the deaths of two people. Fast-forward to September 2010 on the same site, where there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of The Azure and Middle School 114, located at 331 E. 91st St. Joseph [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: Making a Real Impact in Community Service

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By Alexander Tucciarone Managing residential and commercial properties is Debra Fechter’s profession. Making sure these properties are located in strong, safe communities is her passion. As a partner of the Digby Management Company, Fechter is responsible for determining what makes properties valuable. In her personal life, she has shown that what made her so successful [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: A Personal Touch to the Glitziest Real Estate

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By Rachel Stern Fully furnished with both boldly colored modern furniture and rustic, midcentury antiques, seven turnkey apartments went on sale at The W Downtown at the beginning of January. Even with prices 28 percent higher than the building’s unfurnished units, all were snagged by the beginning of February. International investors purchased six of the [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: Once Homeless, Now Homeless Shelter Volunteer

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By Max Sarinsky Thomas Williams has been through plenty of tough times, and he doesn’t want to forget them. After enduring a decade-long stretch of homelessness, Williams now volunteers at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on the Upper East Side—where he resided for six months—spending most of his shift just a few yards from the [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: A Comforting Presence in the Emergency Room

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By Sarah Amandolare Constance Peterson admits her job is intense. As director of patient services for the emergency department at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Peterson encounters pain and suffering on a daily basis. “Short of on the battlefield,” she said, “most people in their work life don’t experience this.” Peterson, 58, has directed what’s called [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: Montana Escaped His Grasp, but Hospital Staff Gets a Helping Hand

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By Stephen Santulli Daryl Wilkerson helped make history three decades ago—just not his own. As a defensive end for the University of Houston, Wilkerson could have stopped Notre Dame from winning the 1979 Cotton Bowl if only he’d sacked Joe Montana before the star quarterback threw the game-winning pass on the last play of the [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: A Light That Shines on 86th Street

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By Paulette Safdieh Upper East Sider Elaine Walsh remembers the East 86th Street corridor when trains chugged along the Third Avenue El, long before 2nd Avenue Subway construction began. Born and raised on 86th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues, Walsh committed herself to giving back to the neighborhood from a young age. Today, Walsh [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: Helping the Small Business Heart Beat Strong

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By Dan Rosenblum Nancy Ploeger is working on one of her biggest challenges yet. Over the past few years, the building of the Second Avenue Subway, one of the largest construction projects in the country, has put retail businesses behind barricades and meant ever-changing work along the corridor. As the director of the Manhattan Chamber [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: A Community Builder with An Eye on Madison Avenue

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By Laura Shin For Matthew Bauer, president of the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), creating a sense of community is not only an important responsibility, it’s also his favorite part of the job. “It’s a lot of fun to meet the retailers, to work with them and get to know them,” Bauer said. “We [&hellip
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