New York State of Mind

This Month Natural Selections interviews Matthew Meselson, Visiting Professor from Harvard University. By May Dobosiewicz.

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From: California

Been Here: Two months

Staying in: The Upper East Side 

What brought you to NYC?

We thought it would be warmer with not as much snow and rain as Boston, but we’ve had one really unusual winter here!

Do you come often?

Yes, pretty often. We have a son and daughter down here, and now we are introducing two of our grandchildren to New York. My wife grew up in New York. There’s something about the air here, she feels like she’s at home.

Do you remember the first time you came to New York?

Yes, it was 1949. I used to make rare earth chemicals and sell them to the AD Mackay Company on 198 Broadway when I was a kid in Los Angeles, California. I came to New York and wanted to visit the company, imagining it would be some fabulous place with all kinds of chemists, but instead it was just a little office and a room with shelves and shelves of dusty bottles. I was selling praseodymium oxide and samarium oxide—really pure stuff—for 60 cents a gram, and they were charging about ten dollars for it. A huge markup! The old couple that owned the company took me out for lunch, told me they were going to retire, and that if I wanted the company, I could have it for free. I was only 19 years old, and I thought, do I really want to spend my life doing that? I said “No” and got on a ship to La Havre, France.

What do you think of New Yorkers?

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MelvinThis Month, May Dobosiewicz interviews Melvin White, Environmental Assistant, Laboratory Safety & Environmental Health.

From: The Bronx

Been here: 30 years

Lives in: Manhattan

 

Do you feel that New York has a sense of community?

I do. I’ve had so many rough experiences, and as a whole I’ve received good love from my community, even when I’ve made mistakes. Sometimes you see somebody with a mean face walk by, but if you met that same person in a different environment, you’d probably have so much in common. That’s what makes this city so social.

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This Month Natural Selections interviews Carly Gelfond, Assistant Director of Development. Country of origin: United States.

1. How long have you been living in the New York area?

I’ve been living here for seven years, since I graduated from college in central New York State. I’m originally from New Jersey.

2. Where do you live?

I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It takes me an hour to get to and from Rockefeller, but it’s worth it. I love where I am at both ends of the trip.

3. Which is your favorite neighborhood?

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This month Natural Selections interviews Jim Keller, Grants Management Specialist in the Department of Sponsored Research & Program Development. Country of origin: United States.

1. How long have you been living in New York?

I moved here from Buffalo, NY nine days before 9/11—September 2, 2001.

2. Where do you live?

Crown Heights, Brooklyn, but I’m about to move on up to the East Side! Continue reading

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This month Natural Selections interviews Marisa Cerio, Laboratory Administrator in the Laboratory of Chromatin Biology & Epigenetics. Country of origin: United States.

1. How long have you been living in New York?

My whole life—thirty three years!

2. Where do you live?

Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

3. Which is your favorite neighborhood?

It’s not beautiful, but based on the sheer number of great restaurants, venues, and shops, I’d probably have to say Williamsburg. The Snug Harbor/Randall Manor section of Staten Island is really gorgeous though.

4. What do you think is the most overrated thing in the city? And underrated?

Manhattan. It’s great and all, but if you’re living in New York without checking out the outer boroughs, you’re definitely not seeing the full picture. There is such an amazing range in diversity of people, cultures, landscapes, and lifestyles within the outer boroughs. And not just Brooklyn—The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island have some truly wonderful neighborhoods, museums, trails, and, of course, Italian ices. Continue reading

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This month Natural Selections interviews Leslie Church, Assistant Editor in the Communications and Public Affairs Office. Country of origin: United States.

1. How long have you been living in New York?

I have been living in New York City for a little over a year.

2. Where do you live?

I live in the East Village. Or, as my phone often likes to (appropriately, I think) autocorrect it, the Easy Village.

3. Which is your favorite neighborhood?

My own. On the surface it looks to be all hipsters and NYU kids with something to prove, but half of the residents in my building are tried and true New Yorkers who have been living there for thirty years. They have some stories. And we have [the restaurant] Mud! If you like delicious food and dimly lit cozy cafes with friendly waiters who won’t judge you for having dinner by yourself, go to Mud. Continue reading

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This month Natural Selections interviews Amanda Martinez, Associate Director of the Women & Science initiative in the Development Office. Country of origin: USA.

1. How long have you been living in New York?

I have lived in New York for nine years.

2. Where do you live?

I live in Astoria, Queens.

3. Which is your favorite neighborhood?

My favorite neighborhood is Jackson Heights. It is the intersection of many different cultures. Astoria is a very diverse area as well, but in Jackson Heights this diversity is more pronounced. It’s great to walk around and hear the different languages, smell the different foods, and feel immersed in an international experience only a short subway ride away. Continue reading