Rebuilding Gotham: An Introductory Note From Our Editorial Director

The epicenter of the pandemic. A scene of social unrest. A crippled economy. New Yorkers aren’t out of the woods yet but little pockets of hope herald a distinct resolve – and the blueprint to a new Gotham, writes Jessica Bailey

REBUILDING GOTHAM: THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Joe Thomas is a photographer who spends his days capturing the beauty of New York City

REBUILDING GOTHAM: THE PR POWERHOUSE

Franco-American Sophie Roche Conti is the founder and CEO of Conti Communications on New York’s Lower East Side

REBUILDING GOTHAM: THE AUTHOR AND MOTHER OF TWO

Born and raised in Brooklyn, LaTonya Yvette is a style and lifestyle blogger and author of acclaimed book Woman Of Color. She is also an activist and has two school-aged children whom she has been home-schooling

REBUILDING GOTHAM: THE CO-FOUNDER OF BLM, GREATER NY

Chivona Renee Newsome is the Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter in the Greater NY area, a civil rights leader at the forefront of the New Civil Rights Movement and former Financial Advisor at New York Life.

REBUILDING GOTHAM: THE VIRAL SENSATION

Brooklyn-based photographer Jeremy Cohen stopped the internet when he asked a girl out by flying his drone to her rooftop with his number attached.

REBUILDING GOTHAM: THE NEWLYWEDS

Claudia and Evan were meant to get married in front of 150 guests in September. Unfortunately COVID restrictions meant the huge gathering couldn’t take place and after battling coronavirus themselves, they got married at the top of the Hoxton Hotel with three people as witnesses.

REBUILDING GOTHAM: THE BEST SANDWICH MAKERS IN TOWN

Family-owned and operated restaurant Regina’s Grocery is a staple Italian sandwich bar on New York’s Lower East Side. Here is Roman, Regina’s son.