Ana Luisa Oliveira

Non-Profit Head Focuses on Vulnerable New Yorkers – Aiding Women and Teens to Rebuild Since 2006, block resident Ana Luiza Oliveira has run the New York Women’s Foundation, which is dedicated to helping women who are struggling improve their skills and gain control of their live

Lee Lowenfish, Baseball Expert and Cultural Historian

Lee Lowenfish, a resident of 308 West 104 for forty years, is a foremost expert on baseball history and a cultural historian. His books include his award-winning Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman (2007; 2009, paperback ed.), which examines Rickey’s long career as a player,

Marlene Schonbrun: My Photographic Safari to Kenya

Last September, I got to fulfill one of the items on my “bucket list” for over thirty years—a photographic safari to Africa. Belonging to a camera club with members who travel all over the world gave me incentive and the motivation to seriously consider it. A friend and I went with a

Paul Zeigler

Paul Zeigler Pianist/Composer/Teacher and New Resident on the Block Paul Zeigler moved to the block in March 2015 from East 78 Street with his husband, retired doctor Larry Stern. Giving up a much used terrace at their former residence, they see the joy in living near Riverside Park.

Teresa Elwert Treks to Everest and Annapurna Base Camps

Although she wasn’t always athletic and didn’t do organized sports as a kid, Teresa Elwert, sixty-four years old and a block resident for the past twenty-two years, has always been a walker and a hiker. When she retired in 2013, she began hiking in earnest and decided it was time to f

Mark Nowogrodzki

Mark Nowogrodzki is a Renaissance man transported into the 20th/21st centuries. You will often see this distinguished white-haired gentleman in the neighborhood walking with his distinctive gold-handled cane. Mark was born in 1920 in Warsaw, studied German and Latin in high school, an

Grace Basemera

Grace Basemera is the proprietor of Eve & Nico Crafts & Home Décor, located at 2666 Broadway between 101st and 102nd Streets. Normally, we do not feature retail owners in our In the Spotlight section; however we have found her story so intriguing that we believe it would be

Remembering Claire List

She was just a voice from across the hall exchanging pleasantries until the blizzard happened in 1982. It was unexpected and so severe, traffic was paralyzed and could not get through the Lincoln Tunnel; and without cell phones nobody knew what became of friends and family en route to

Noreen Whysel – Block Association Web Developer

We are thrilled to introduce you to one of our West 104th St. block residents: Noreen Whysel. Noreen and a team of fellow students at Pratt Institute’s School of Library and Information Science have graciously agreed to revise our website to make it more user-friendly and suited to yo

Isabel Leonard and Lilliam Barrios-Paoli

Isabel Leonard Our September 2007 spotlight was on Isabel Leonard who made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera that month. In April 2013 she won the Richard Tucker Foundation Award. The Gala was held on November 17, and the PBS program aired January 10. The nonprofit Richard Tucker Mu