TriBeCa: A Neighborhood Retrospective by Stuyvesant High School -- R Squared Sponsors Photo Exhibit at 34 Leonard Sales Gallery

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Stuyvesant High School students take part in a unique photography competition sponsored by art enthusiasts Mitchell and Gregg Rechler of R Squared Real Estate Partners.

This contest was the perfect opportunity for our students to learn more about our community and also stretch their creative muscle

More than 100 Stuyvesant High School students took part in a unique photography competition sponsored by art enthusiasts Mitchell and Gregg Rechler of R Squared Real Estate Partners. Each student submitted a black/white and a color photo creatively capturing unique images of the historic TriBeCa community. The photos were judged by a panel including local commercial photographer, Ed Lederman. The top ten photos selected will be on display at the 34 Leonard Sales Gallery located at 24 Leonard Street (Leonard Street between West Broadway and Hudson Street.)

"The historic TriBeCa neighborhood provided the ideal canvas for the students to document everyday life in the city," said Mitchell Rechler. "The photos submitted by the Stuyvesant classes were absolutely incredible and rivaled those of seasoned professionals. It made it extremely challenging for us to choose the top ten from such an amazing selection."    

The free exhibit, titled TriBeCa: A Neighborhood Retrospective, will be open to the public every Saturday, starting the week of December 16th through February 14th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The works featured are: New Jersey Gold Coast by Philip Kraus; TriBeCa Street by Jack Fleming; Car Passing Garage by Paul Han; Building by Alberto Arias; Graffiti Luxury Loft Sign by Michael Ng; Couple Playing Instruments with Dogs by Maria Pervnovic; Market Flowers by Emily Koenig; Decaying Statue by Ashley Seenauth; Woman with Boy by Steven Arroyo; and Park Bench by Mun Cheng (Rebecca) Kwan. In addition to the free exhibit, the top three students were awarded new digital SLR cameras to continue their creative work.

"Our students were very excited to participate in this unique photo contest and we thank both Mitchell and Gregg for their commitment and generous donation," said Ms. Jan Jurcek, photography teacher at Stuyvesant High School.

"This contest was the perfect opportunity for our students to learn more about our community and also stretch their creative muscle," continued Mr. Joel Winston, photography teacher at Stuyvesant High School.

About R Squared:
R Squared Real Estate Partners is a real estate investment firm that owns and operates over seven million square feet of property throughout the New York metropolitan area, including one million square feet of development and redevelopment projects. Founded by Mitchell and Gregg Rechler, R Squared utilizes local market expertise to invest in retail, residential, storage, commercial lofts, hotels and industrial properties. During their 20-year tenures at Reckson Associates Realty Corp., Mitchell and Gregg directed the management, acquisition, development and disposition of over 25 million square feet of commercial property throughout the Tri-State region. Built on a solid foundation of traditional values, R Squared successfully implements its innovative value enhancement strategies in each project with which it becomes involved.

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