Monday, September 23, 2013

Marlo Gertz (CAS '08) Shares Her Grandmom's Secret Recipe with the World

There's something special about a secret family recipe passed down from one generation to the next. Marlos started this way, from a recipe passed from Marlo Gertz's Grandmom to her. Now she has started a business selling these delicious small batch cookies and sharing them with the world. We had a chance to interview Marlo over the phone from her bake shop in San Francisco.

What was your experience like at NYU? Are there any professors who  stand out in your memory? Favorite places to hang out on campus? 

My time at NYU was incredible. Probably the best 4 years of my life. I made amazing friends and learned so much about myself -as per most college experiences- but I did it in the "center of the universe," as my father likes to call New York City.  It was the best place in the world to find yourself in unique and exceptional situations and certainly one of the best in which to study journalism. Betty Ming Liu, a professor of one of my classes called 'A Hard Look at Soft News', will forever be remembered.  The class was closed but she let me in anyway and my beat was 'fine dining'.  NYC was and always will be the perfect place to study food! That course and her encouragement helped to solidify my interest in the culinary arts. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

An MTA Senior Director talks to us about his daily subway commute... and the MTA's debt crisis

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If you're an NYU alum, then it's very likely that you have used the NYC subway system. The subway is an invaluable and inexpensive way to get from point A to point B. Whether you're going from Brooklyn to the Bronx, or from West 4th to Penn Station, the subway is always an option. Love it or hate it, it's integral to every day life in NYC. And to a certain extent, it's an influence on, and extension of, city culture.

Bill Ciaccio (WSC '77) has been an MTA employee since 1979. Currently, he serves as a senior director in operations and handles about 5 billion dollars of infrastructure projects each year.

Over the past three decades, he followed his passion for mass transit and built a successful career with the MTA. We had the pleasure of speaking with Bill about a lot of different things, including his time at NYU, things we've seen in the NYC subways, and the MTA's current debt crisis.

*In the comments section, feel free to share your opinions. We'd like to hear from you, whether you have thoughts on the MTA's financial issues or just an interesting NYC subway story!*