on the record
Jill Parshley, Actress
Among friends, Jill Parshley admits she's referred to as the “Jill of all trades.” “I've just kind of lived a life doing a mosaic of trades involving service and creativity” said Parshley. With the...
Jay Ruiz, Brooklyn BIKE Patrol
Jay Ruiz isn't your typical neighborhood watchman. A dispatcher at a career services center by day, he volunteers to walk women home at night. The president and founder of the Brooklyn BIKE Patrol,...
Kate Zidar, Newtown Creek Alliance
Kate Zidar connects with an eclectic mix of peers in Greenpoint and parts of Western Queens through a shared passion for Newtown Creek. Zidar moved to Greenpoint 12 years ago to attend Pratt Instit...
Cheryl Bogdan, Student of the Year
Ridgewood resident Cheryl Bogdan was recently honored by the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, which she graduated from on June 4 with a 4.0 grade point average and “Student of the Year...
Mitchell Grubler, 4BNA
Mitchell Grubler works with advocates and civic groups to preserve historic sites in the four boroughs outside of Manhattan. Grubler was born in Flushing Hospital in Queens and grew up in Mill Basi...
Bonita Kline, Sunnyside Artworks
To satisfy her love for design and the garment industry, Bonita Kline began giving sewing lessons to kids in her Sunnyside community two years ago. After growing up near Cleveland, Ohio, Kline move...
Letizia Barbetta, Children's Book Author
When Letizia Barbetta's daughter asked her if there was ever a princess who suffers from food allergies, an idea for a children's book sparked in her head. Barbetta was born in Milan but grew up be...
Chris Hudson started Camp Highlight in 2010 to give kids from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) families a place to meet others like them in a safe, tolerant space. Hudson, who lives in...
City Tech professor
Through the Literary Arts Festival at the City College of Technology, Caroline Hellman has found a way to connect the Downtown Brooklyn community with the rest of the borough, and even with the lar...