Robert Hammond and Joshua David co-founded Friends of the High Line, the organization responsible for converting an old elevated West Side railway into one of the greatest, most innovative public parks in the world. The two friends rescued the rail line from destruction, and we will always be grateful that they happened to take up Read More
Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger, the founders of Antenna Design, want you to enjoy the environment you live in. New Yorkers and tourists alike have this pair to thank for the convenience of New York’s MetroCard vending machines and the city’s revamped fleet of subway cars. And any air traveler can appreciate the JetBlue self-service Read More
When Pope Benedict XVI announced in February that he would be stepping down, it was suggested that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the conservative archbishop of New York, might replace him, making Mr. Dolan the first American to ascend to the papacy. The cardinal has laughed off the idea, but the fact that the question was even Read More
A 43-year veteran of the NYPD (and lifelong New York City resident), Commissioner Kelly has been working for decades to better equip New York’s police force and, by extension, to improve New Yorkers’ quality of life. As police commissioner from 1992 to 1994 under Mayor David Dinkins, Mr. Kelly helped turn around an out-of-control homicide Read More
Some of New York’s most dramatic transformations in the realm of education occurred under Joel Klein’s tenure as New York City schools chancellor, from August 2002 to January 2011.
Not even those feisty unions could stop Mr. Klein as he called adamantly for the proliferation of charter schools and teacher accountability. The latter was one Read More
Howard Rubenstein, “the dean of damage control,” as Mayor Rudolph Giuliani once dubbed him, does for the rich and powerful what Harvey Keitel’s Winston Wolf did in Pulp Fiction: he cleans up messes. And as the reigning PR guru for 45 years’ worth of New York’s movers and shakers, that’s a lot of messes. New Read More
Al Sharpton wants you to know what he thinks. With his stentorian style of speaking, his stirring of the media pot, Mr. “No Justice, No Peace” Sharpton is an expert at harnessing attention and becoming the public face, though sometimes controversially, of civil rights issues. Though the genesis of the Brooklyn-born minister’s activist leadership was Read More
A lawyer, educator and labor activist who would go on to serve as one of New York’s most influential and outspoken union leaders, Randi Weingarten has dedicated her life to one of America’s most turbulent zones of conflict: its schools.
For 12 years, Ms. Weingarten served as president of the New York-based United Federation of Read More