Who’s Making This Possible?
For the 2011 THIS IS NEW YORK’s STRONGEST Exhibition …
OUR KICKSTARTER BACKERS
Jim and Martha Robinson
Peter and Alexandra Saghir
Patrick and Jeanette Gurczynski
Lolly Taps Luncheonette
Vito A. Turso
Sandra & Charles Mullins
Simon and Dina
Tara S. Goulet
Gigi Hodo Walker
Jason de la Cruz
… AND ALL THE FOLKS THAT HELPED US CHASE ALONG THE WAY …
DSNY – all the supervisors, chiefs and all the sanitation workers who trusted me and Liz on the ground, giving us their time and thoughts,
Vito Turso, Deputy Commissioner, Public Information & Community Affairs, Department of Sanitation of New York.
Keith “one-bag-at-a-time” Mellis, Executive Officer, Vito’s Gatekeeper.
Harry Nespoli, President, Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, Local 831, “Heart of Gold, Heart of Steel.”
Jimmy Parker, Harry’s Gatekeeper, Local 831, who always takes my calls with such friendliness.
Martin Chestnut, Director of the DSNY Employee Assistance Unit, and his staff Brian Coakley and Jennifer Herbst.
Ronny Cohen, President of the DSNY Columbia Association
Superintendent Patrick Hickey from Bronx 8: not a man to mince yours or his words. A third generation officer, he gave us the skinny on the Gar-bahhhge industry. He calls ‘em like you see ‘em and you’re sort of grateful.
Chief Valletta: Yin to Hickey’s yang. He’s the type of guy that spends his vacation on a motorcycle in the middle of Tennessee’s Smokey Mountains.
Domenic, who was filling in at Sunset Park’s garage one sweaty August morning, who looked the other way when two curly-haired girls showed up on his garage doorstep and saw that we meant no harm and that we just wanted to be the DSNY’s biggest fans.
Joseph Cocozza of BK12 in Park Slope who’s by-the-book protocol prompted the first meeting with Deputy Commissioner Vito Turso and Executive Officer Keith Mellis and got the ball to rolling.
Sanitation Worker Hal DellaTorre of Sunset Park who recognized me from the neighborhood and helped make our first shoot so successful. Without him and Domenic and all the guys we shot that day, I don’t know if this project would’ve gotten off the ground.
SanMan John Doz of BK Borough Park for always taking my phonecalls and answering all the insane questions about his job for over a year.
Lynn Saville for her advice, Night / Shift.
Seth Kushner and Anthony DeSala of THE BROOKLNITES.
Lorna Thomas and Ryan Dismukes of Engel Entertainment for a little fellowship in Talkin’ Trash
Sue Drury and the Dramatists Guild Fund
Katrina C. Caso and Mark Litwak of Mark Litwak & Associates, Los Angeles
Tea Lounge on Union Street in Park Slope
Brooke Ganz, for her enthusiastic and authoritative hand in launching the website.
Marina Feleo Gonzalez, New York Foundation for the Arts
Toni Margarita Plummer, St. Martins Press
Gregg Sullivan, Sullivan & Partners LLC
Nadine Rambeau, California Institute of the Arts, Development
Elena and Andy Sapora
Screamers Lake’s Consultants: Morgan Nichols, Ciji Guerin, Chris and Jen Velazquez.
Erik Ehn, Head of the Playwrighting Program, Brown University
Dr. Anjeanette K. Hall
All the prayers and laughs of Lester and Leah Ditto, Larry and Arlene Misuraca & John Ditto.
All my friends and colleagues that sat at the other side of countless cell phone and diner conversations listening me go on and on about the DSNY.
All the former employers that laid me off abruptly and made me feel like garbage. Thanks for giving me the time and space to chase the DSNY all over the city and to write luxuriously about these beautiful folks. And thanks to the U.S. government for helping me not slide off the edge of Life and for all the unemployment benefits. This is your money well spent.
No thanks goes to the supervisors who gave me countless of tickets when I got too distracted with their collection trucks’ routes to realize I was parking on the wrong side of the street during photo shoots or got caught up in an interview when some SWs took a break. Thanks, guys, for ALLLLLL THE PARKING TICKETS. This book better sell or else I’m going to jail and will be doing the next book on New York’s Boldest (Correction Officers).
Claudio Papapietro, for all he’s given to this project, and, mostly, for taking care of Liz.
And from Lisa to Liz: Thanks always for being my #1 Partner in Grime.
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