Volunteer Profile: Paul DiMaria
Occupation: Production editor, graphic designer
T.A. Member Since: Oops, I volunteered before joining.
Neighborhood: The Bronx, hometown of Colin Powell, Stanley Kubrick, Anne Bancroft and Don DeLillo. Specific neighborhood, at the moment: Williamsbridge.
What draws you to help Transportation Alternatives? I've been involved with transit advocacy groups, including Auto-Free New York and the Empire State Passengers Association.
When did you start working for T.A.? Well, I'm between jobs right now, so I offered some of my time in May. I've been at the office most days since then.
What exactly do you do for the organization? I did a map of the Brooklyn-end of the Manhattan Bridge bikeway. I also used Illustrator to create a rendering of the proposed Fort Lee bikeway in New Jersey.
What is the favorite thing
you have worked on at T.A.? I liked going out in the field in Brooklyn and
New Jersey to get a first hand look at what I would be drawing.
What is your favorite thing
about New York? I lived for many years in suburban New Jersey, where I had
to get into a car just to buy a newspaper. Now that I'm back in the city, I
appreciate being able to get around without having to drive
If you had infinite powers, what would you do to make New York a better place? May I rest on the seventh day? During the first six days I would:
1. Expand the subway system -
if Ho Che Minh City can start one from scratch, we can afford to extend ours.
What do you like about T.A.? The incredible furniture. It's quite different from those office parks with five-thousand identical gray and maroon cubicles.
What do you like about commuting to Manhattan from the Bronx? I have two subway lines available, so if one breaks down, I have an alternative.
Is there anything else you
want to say about your experience at the T.A. office?