Archive for November, 2012

NYC’s Trust Services Appoints New Senior Vice President

November 28, 2012 in Business | Comments (0)

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Investment and banking sectors have seen moderate growth over the last two quarters. In response, banks have been boosting their management teams in an effort to regain lost momentum.

Paula Laliberte, veteran trust administrator at City National Bank, recently joined Trust Services. She will take on the roles of senior vice president and regional trust manager in New York City.

Working to ensure optimal utilization of the bank’s capabilities, Laliberte will be working with NY hedge fund and private equity professionals, high-net-worth families, entrepreneurs and professional service firms. City National specializes in credit, private wealth management, treasury and cash management, foreign trust solutions and more.

Laliberte will report to Trust Services manager Mike Dowling in Los Angeles.
He explained:

“Especially with looming changes in the tax laws, Paula brings the expertise to find trust and estate planning solutions for our clients. She will work with your attorney or accountant to help craft a custom plan to serve your needs and protect your assets.”


Visit the High Line for a Heightened View of New York City

November 9, 2012 in Culture and History | Comments (0)

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View from the Ground of High Line Park

The High Line is a public park located in an unusual place; atop an historic freight rail line high above the streets of Manhattan’s Lower West Side.

One hundred percent wheel chair accessible, the first section of the High Line opened in June, 2009, ten years after community residents founded the Friends of the High Line organization to preserve and develop the area into a useful public space.

The second section of the park opened in June, 2011; and there are plans to open a third, and last section of the park. All three sections are 30 feet above the streets of Manhattan, are accessible from nine points along its length, four with elevator service. The southernmost point of the High Line is located at Gansevoort and Washington Street, and the northernmost point is at West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Due to the havoc reeked on New York and New Jersey by Hurricane Sandy, combined with High Line’s location within location A, a mandatory evacuation area, High Line Park has been closed since October 28, and has not yet reopened as of this writing. As of November 1st it appears that the park has no electricity, and a minimal amount of damage appears to have been suffered by trees and other landscaping elements. A full assessment of the park’s condition will  not be available for at least a few more days.

When life in New York gets back to normal, definitely visit the High Line Park and get a new perspective on New York City.

A School In the Area Worth Watching

November 8, 2012 in Neighborhood News | Comments (0)

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The Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls opened for its fifth consecutive year this year with 300 girls in grades kindergarten through fifth. This unique school, started with the help of Victory Schools, combines academic excellence with a multi-language approach to learning. They believe strongly in the cultural heritage of the girls and believe that with academic excellence, a sound cultural background and  multi-language approach to education the girls will achieve a global competitive edge.

Along with other New York charter schools such as the Charter School of Educational Excellence, the Grand Concourse Academy Charter School, and the Merrick Academy Queens Public Charter School, The Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls has received the guidance from Victory Schools to become a top-notch charter.

Their art enrichment program emphasizes music, dance, theater and arts while they have daily instruction in Suzuki violin, classical ballet and other unique topics as part of the every day curriculum.  They are a free public school that is open to all girls and does not require an entrance exam. They include school uniforms in their plan in order to promote school spirit and to instill a sense of order in the girls.

Their standards-based and research-proven curriculum ensures that the students learn what they need to for the state standards. They have constant assessments to measure student progress and skill and they emphasize core skills to allow for both critical thinking and creativity.

Certainly, in a time when the educational environment in America appears to be in crisis, the model of the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, with the assistance of Victory Schools, is one worth watching.