04
Jan 11

Heather Morgan, landscape architect and archeologist

 

Heather Morgan, in Jamaica Bay. Photo by Tony Gale.

Heather Morgan, in Jamaica Bay. Photo by Tony Gale.

 

Heather Morgan

Heather Morgan is a landscape architect and the first landscape archeologist I ever met. She is one of those people who is interesting
because she is so interested. She works for the US Army Corps of Engineers and knows amazing things about the city and its waters.  Heather is also the only person I know who works on several wetland restoration and collaborative land planning projects of the (protected) Jamaica Bay and throughout the New York City region; and sometimes rescues endangered turtles.

Beside being an interesting person she’s also funny as hell.

Nominated and described by Elizabeth Felicella


12
Dec 10

Matt DeMatt, New York Character

Matt DeMatt, in the Meat Packing District. ©Tony Gale

Matt DeMatt, in the Meat Packing District. ©Tony Gale

Matt DeMatt

Matt DeMatt is quite a character. He grew up in Queens, became the one of the first nightclub doormen in NYC and has led a very colorful life. He has been an actor, an ECW announcer know as Matty in the House, he owns one of the first and still successful bars in the Meat Packing District, Gaslight. Matt knows more people than I ever thought possible and everyone only has the kindest things to say about him.

Steve Lewis from BlackBook Magazine calls Matt a ‘Character with Character’ http://www.blackbookmag.com/article/good-night-mr-lewis-matt-de-matt/8565.

Beyond the fact that Matt is my boyfriend and best friend and past all the “cool” stuff he has done, Matt is loved and respected by his friends both old and new – he is a big, crazy, New York character that also happens to be a very good person.
Matt DeMatt is quite a character. He grew up in Queens, became the one of the first nightclub doormen in NYC and has led a very colorful life. He has been an actor, an ECW announcer know as Matty in the House, he owns one of the first and still successful bars in the Meat Packing District, Gaslight. Matt knows more people than I ever thought possible and everyone only has the kindest things to say about him.
Steve Lewis from BlackBook Magazine calls Matt a ‘Character with Character’
Beyond the fact that Matt is my boyfriend and best friend and past all the “cool” stuff he has done, Matt is loved and respected by his friends both old and new – he is a big, crazy, New York character that also happens to be a very good person.

Nominated and described by Kimberly Rosenhaus

12
Nov 10

Ted Steeg

Ted Steeg, photographed in his home in NYC. ©Tony Gale

Ted Steeg, photographed in his home in NYC. ©Tony Gale

Ted Steeg

Sun-tanned,blue-eyed, Hollywood handsome, Ted is the guy all the other guys wanted to be. Oh yes, the ladies just might adore this hero of Dan Wakefield’s 1997 biographical novel Going All The Way, later portrayed by Ben Affleck in the movie, a movie in which Ted played another role.
Lithe, athletic, Teddy was cheered  as “swivel hips” in his days as a half-back for the 1951 , 7-0-1 Wabash College Football Team and was later invited to the L.A. Rams training camp.
Playing another role, Ted directed what some have called “the most watched film in history”, the award winning instructional film shown to most people who are about to serve on a jury in NY State.
And, of course, he is remembered in Woodstock, a place equally worthy of its own mystique, where he has had a home for years and  where he pitched  for the champion Deanie’s Whippets in the town’s softball league.
Once- it must have been a summer weekday in the late 70′s- the Whips had a six o’clock game and Ted had business in The City that wouldn’t be concluded in time to take the mound 100 miles away. His application to the town fathers for a permit to land a helicopter on the softball field was regrettably denied. But we could all imagine Teddy in cut-offs stepping off that huey in a cloud of dust and firing a first pitch strike to get things going.

Sun-tanned,blue-eyed, Hollywood handsome, Ted is the guy all the other guys wanted to be. Oh yes, the ladies just might adore this hero of Dan Wakefield’s 1997 biographical novel Going All The Way, later portrayed by Ben Affleck in the movie, a movie in which Ted played another role.

Lithe, athletic, Teddy was cheered  as “swivel hips” in his days as a half-back for the 1951 , 7-0-1 Wabash College Football Team and was later invited to the L.A. Rams training camp.

Playing another role, Ted directed what some have called “the most watched film in history”, the award winning instructional film shown to most people who are about to serve on a jury in NY State.

And, of course, he is remembered in Woodstock, a place equally worthy of its own mystique, where he has had a home for years and  where he pitched  for the champion Deanie’s Whippets in the town’s softball league.

Once- it must have been a summer weekday in the late 70′s- the Whips had a six o’clock game and Ted had business in The City that wouldn’t be concluded in time to take the mound 100 miles away. His application to the town fathers for a permit to land a helicopter on the softball field was regrettably denied. But we could all imagine Teddy in cut-offs stepping off that huey in a cloud of dust and firing a first pitch strike to get things going.

Nominated by Brandon Remler, described by Peter Remler


03
Nov 10

Charles Reinhart, leader in modern dance

Charles Reinhart, photographed in his home. © Tony Gale

Charles Reinhart, photographed in his home. © Tony Gale

Charles Reinhart

For a decade, Charles
was manager of the Paul Taylor Dance Company,
shepherding them through engagements all around
the world.     In the 1970s, Charles took over the
Connecticut Dance Festival, a modern dance organization
founded by Martha Graham and others in the 1920s;
moved it to Durham, North Carolina; and renamed it
the American Dance Festival.    Under his leadership,
ADF has become the “world capitol” of modern dance.
Features:   A  2-month summer program of student instruction;
modern dance premieres of interesting new groups from
all over the world; commissions of new works; and
restoration and preservation of great modern dance works
of the past.   If you know anything about modern dance
and/or modern dancers, you know about Charles Reinhart
and the ADF.

For a decade, Charles was manager of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, shepherding them through engagements all around the world.  In the 1970s, Charles took over the American Dance Festival a modern dance organization founded by Martha Graham and others in 1934 in Vermont; and moved it to Durham, North Carolina. Under his leadership, ADF has become the “world capitol” of modern dance.  Some features:   A  2-month summer program of student instruction; modern dance premieres of interesting new groups from all over the world; commissions of new works; and restoration and preservation of great modern dance works of the past.   If you know anything about modern dance and/or modern dancers, you know about Charles Reinhart and the ADF.

Nominated and described by Ted Steeg


16
Oct 10

Robert Ripps, Mr. New York

Robert Ripps, photographed in TriBeCa. ©Tony Gale

Robert Ripps, photographed in TriBeCa. ©Tony Gale

Robert Ripps

He has an insatiable curiosity about the world around him.

He has a witty, quirky and fun sense of humor.

He’s able to make the family next door or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Lady Margaret Thatcher or Mikhail Gorbachev or the 1,000 other celebrities feel equally comfortable in front of his lens.

He loves a good meal whether he is in Kyoto, Paris or whipping one up in his own kitchen.

His love of travel, desire to share his experiences and views of the world around him has brought him around the world as a professional photographer.

But no matter where he has gone, one thing is for certain.

Robert A. Ripps always comes home to his native New York.

This love of Gotham has lead Robert, or Bob as he is known to his friends, to take an avid interest in the history of the City of New York. While walking, or preferably biking around the streets of the Big Apple, Bob can tell you pretty much the history of any neighborhood in the 5 boroughs.  He is often at every major museum in the city and regularly attends exhibits, especially if they relate to the subway, architecture or NYC history. His passion for the history of the subway and his knowledge of its vast network is unmatched by anyone I’ve ever met.  In fact, Bob knows the city and the history of its architecture so well, he is able to point out historical inaccuracies in TV shows or films that take place or are filmed here (much to the annoyance of his friends).

It is this love of New York that has also lead him to document life in the city, whether it is the streets of his beloved Tribeca or the underground culture of New York’s craziest night club Webster Hall.

Robert A. Ripps, he’s definitely Mr. New York.

Nominated and described by Michelle Kawka


06
Oct 10

Liza Binkley, Actress

Liza Binkley, photographed in Union Square. ©Tony Gale

Liza Binkley, photographed in Union Square. ©Tony Gale

Liza Binkley

Liza has the exuberance and vibrancy pointing to a youthful spirit that you know will be last her a lifetime.
But don’t let the positive energy fool you.  This horseback riding, rock climbing, French speaking talent from the Great State of Texas has worked steadily since arriving in New York and has added Television, Theater and Indie Film credits to her resume.
Liza has the exuberance and vibrancy pointing to a youthful spirit that you know will  last her a lifetime.
But don’t let the positive energy fool you.  This horseback riding, rock climbing, French speaking talent from the Great State of Texas has worked steadily since arriving in New York and has added Television, Theater and Indie Film credits to her resume.
Nominated and described by Jerome Butler


29
Sep 10

Dana Humphrey knows everyone.

Dana Humphrey, photographed in Queens. ©Tony Gale

Dana Humphrey, photographed in Queens. ©Tony Gale

Dana Humphrey

No, literally, she knows everyone !  After only arriving in NYC 2 years ago from San Diego, Dana has built up an extensive network of contacts.  Her company, White Gate PR has grown tremendously, creating buzz for small businesses, arts organizations and the pet industry !
New York City may be where she calls home, but Dana is also worldly and well cultured.  She has lived in 5 countries on 3 different continents – the US, the UK, Canada, Turkey and Morocco, all before the age of 30 !
In addition to running her busy and thriving public relations business and maintaining a busy travel schedule, Dana is also an athlete having completed the New York City triathlon this past July as well as the Queens Half Marathon in August.
Get to know Dana and you will get to know *everyone !*

No, literally, she knows everyone !  After only arriving in NYC 2 years ago from San Diego, Dana has built up an extensive network of contacts.  Her company, White Gate PR has grown tremendously, creating buzz for small businesses, arts organizations and the pet industry !

New York City may be where she calls home, but Dana is also worldly and well cultured.  She has lived in 5 countries on 3 different continents – the US, the UK, Canada, Turkey and Morocco, all before the age of 30 !

In addition to running her busy and thriving public relations business and maintaining a busy travel schedule, Dana is also an athlete having completed the New York City triathlon this past July as well as the Queens Half Marathon in August.

Get to know Dana and you will get to know *everyone !*

Nominated and described by Michelle Kawka


08
Sep 10

Jean Marie Bellemain, Philosopher, actor, writer, film maker

Jean Marie Bellemain, in Paris. ©Tony Gale

Jean Marie Bellemain, in Paris. ©Tony Gale

Jean-Marie Bellemain

Jean Marie is someone that you would hope to meet if you went to Paris, someone that is such a Parisian character that he seems to have popped right out of a script, Philosopher, actor, writer and passionate about making films, a hopeless romantic character and a big fan of French gastronomy of course.

Nominated and described by Rudy Le Coadic


21
Jul 10

Elisabetta Potasso, puppeteer

Elisabetta Potasso, photographed in Paris. ©Tony Gale

Elisabetta Potasso, photographed in Paris. ©Tony Gale

Elisabetta Potasso

My very good friend Elisabetta Potasso is a puppeteer. She creates her own puppets, has performances for kids and adults, leads workshops all around the world-but best of all she is a fantastic person. Oh-one detail I forgot to mention: Elisabetta is Italian and speaks english with an Indian accent.

Nominated and described by Sabine Scheckel


30
Jun 10

Al Vareau, Bon Vivant

Al Vareau in Paris. © Tony Gale

Al Vareau in Paris. © Tony Gale

Al Vareau

Bon Vivant is the term that come to my mind to describe Al Alda and here are a few reasons why.

Al is a connoisseur of fine food and drink.  One year for his birthday, he asked his friends to take him out for a fine meal in the best restaurant in Paris instead of getting him gifts.  His knowledge and appreciation of fine food and drink is unparalleled.

Speaking of Paris, Brooklyn Boy Al has been living his childhood dream of living in the City of Light for the past 13 years.  He has even managed to secure a 10 year residency card, which is no easy feat and the French love him.

Language is Al’s passion and he is trilingual, fluent in English, Spanish and French and is now learning Arabic.   He opened up the Franco American School of Language when he was 27, specializing in teaching English to business people and companies.  Some of his clients are John Galliano and TOTAL.  John Galliano was so impressed with the quality of his language instruction that he hired the Franco American School of Language to teach Arabic to the sales staff in Galliano’s boutiques, allowing him to expand his staff and to bring on new teachers.

Al is charming and you can’t help but like him. He has friends from all walks of life, from TV celebrities, to bohemians, to yuppies and students.  Al once wrote a letter to Sharon Stone asking her to make an appearance at an event in Paris he helped coordinate and the letter was so persuasive that she came.

Al also has an incredible knowledge of movie stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age.  He and I once drove around the Cypress Hills Cemetery in Queens to find Mae West’s grave so he could pay his respects to her.

Al is a man of the world – he has set foot on 5 continents.  He has been to nearly every country in Western Europe, Africa, North America, South America, and his most recent trip has taken him to Asia, specifically Sri Lanka.  He also has the type of looks where he can pass as European, South American, Arab, Iranian, Tahitian or Turkish.

Al is a sweet, caring and dynamic man and I am proud to call him my friend.

Nominated and described by Michelle Kawka