The 11th Season of "Building New York: NY Stories" debuted on September 14th, 2015:

September 14, 2015: Stephen Meringoff, Himmel + Meringoff Properties, Inc.

Stephen Meringoff discusses his happy meeting with Leslie Himmel and their long-term partnership, resulting in many successful real estate transactions. Mr. Meringoff is well known for his philanthropic endeavors and is especially proud of the PENCIL Fellows, a mentoring program providing internships and opportunity programs to high school students.

September 21, 2015: Tom Schaudel

In addition to being a top chef and Long Island restaurateur extraordinaire, Tom Schaudel, plays guitar in a band, owns and operates restaurants, and writes books! His "Playing With Fire: Whining & Dining on the Gold Coast" is an amusing look at various elements of restaurant life: customers, cooks, wait staff and more.

September 28, 2015: David Von Sprekelsen, Toll Brothers City Living

A New Yorker, by choice, David Von Spreckelsen joined the city's Economic Development Corporation as an urban planner, and later, the Toll Brothers operation, leading to Toll Brothers City Living, the company's urban development division. A baseball and soccer enthusiast, David Von Spreckelsen admits that basketball is really his first love.

October 5, 2015: Dennis Drazin: Drazin and Warshaw

A partner with two brothers and their late father, Louis Drazin, in the prominent law firm, Drazin and Warshaw, Dennis Drazin discusses his early exposure to law and, with his father's encouragement, his decision to join the practice. Mr. Drazin, a horse and track enthusiast, is deeply involved in the issue of gaming in New Jersey.

October 12, 2015: Cynthia Foster, Colliers International

Cynthia Foster recounts her professional journey leading to her position of President, Office Services/USA at Colliers International. An interesting story -- but second to Ms. Foster's family history, when in 1701, her Wickersham ancestors came to the American colonies, presenting their letter of introduction to their new countrymen.

October 19, 2015: Lewis Rapaport, Component Assembly Systems

H. Lewis Rapaport's story begins in 1855 when Lew's Grandpa Andre came to the United States. Events led to the development, spirited growth and success of Component Assembly Systems, making the company, today, one of the nation's leaders in interior construction. Family, philanthropy and horses; Mr. Rapaport talks about his mare, Ava K.

October 26, 2015: Norman Spizz

A Brooklyn boy, SP, Mark Twain Jr. High School, Steven Scott Orchestras - and of course, the Catskills! Norman Spizz, musician, band leader, entrepreneur talks about the good times and the not-so-good times as his career developed. An enduring optimist, Norman Spizz considers failure - not an option.

November 2, 2015: Frank Fusaro, Forum Group

When childhood friends, Frank Fusaro and Michael Stoler, get together, they talk about nicknames, schools, and school grades. Frank Fusaro, co-founder and President of The Forum Group, well-known for his charitable work and as chairman of the annual Columbus Day Parade brings their friendship to the present.

November 9, 2015: Jacky Teplitzky

Born in Chile, raised in Israel, where she served as a sergeant in the Israeli army, Jacky Teplitzky is well known as a determined woman, leading The Jacky Teplitzky Team, credited with selling a billion dollars in Manhattan and Miami real estate.

November 16, 2015: Thomas Lydon

Tom Lydon, President of the City Investment Fund, LP since 2003, specializing in investing in real estate across all property types in New York City's five boroughs, talks about St. Benedict's Prep, Syracuse University, the New Jersey National Guard, business and family.

November 23, 2015: Robert Walsh

Baruch College Distinguished Professor, Robert Walsh has worked with Mayors, in the private and public sectors, with small businesses, entrepreneurs - in and out of New York - to revitalize neighborhoods, to energize businesses and now, teaches in the Baruch College School of Public Affairs.

November 30, 2015: Herbert C. Klein

Herbert C. Klein, of counsel to Genova Burns, has had a distinguished career in government, public service, law and business. Elected to the US House of Representatives, Herb served on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the Science, Space and Technology Committee, and in the NJ Assembly, writing the legislation creating the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

December 7, 2015: Archie Rand, Painter, Artist


December 14, 2015: Archie Rand, Part II, Publication of "The 613"


December 21, 2015

The Herberts came to America from Scotland in the 1700s to become the Harberts-and ancestors to Joseph Harbert, president of the Eastern Region of Colliers International, a commercial real estate brokerage firm. Mr. Harbert taught school in Harlem, worked at the MTA, served as CEO at Cushman & Wakefield is a highly recognized leader in the NY real estate market.

December 28, 2015  Stephen Meringoff

Stephen Meringoff discusses his happy meeting with Leslie Himmel and their long-term partnership, resulting in many successful real estate transactions. Mr. Meringoff is well known for his philanthropic endeavors and is especially proud of the PENCIL Fellows, a mentoring program providing internships and opportunity programs to high school students.

January 4, 2016: Michael Smolens

Michael Smolens describes numerous entrepreneurial ventures he created in emerging economies, world-wide.

January 11, 2016: Jaime Niven

January 18, 2016: Paul Rich

Paul Rich, a seasoned business consultant, is an expert in succession planning, counseling, advising, negotiating with members of family-owned businesses, helping to manage the successful transfer of their businesses' wealth, legacies, future from one generation to another.

January 25, 2016

Larry Zicklin's generosity created the The Zicklin School of Business, an institution of great interest to students and the business community. The school at Baruch College promotes ethical business practices, excellence in education, supporting research, among its goals. A graduate of Baruch College (formerly City College), Larry Zicklin describes his career with Merrill Lynch, Neuberger Berman



February 1, 2016: Joe Plumeri, Part I of 2 

In this first of a two-part conversation, Joseph Plumeri, vice chairman of the First Data Board of Directors, describes growing up in Trenton, NJ: his grandparents, his father's commitment to Trenton, and his passion for sports. Joe Plumeri is candid about events leading to his best seller: "The Power of Being Yourself: a Game Plan for Success."

February 8, Joe Plumeri, Part II of II

Joseph Plumeri, First Date Board of Directors vice chairman, author of "The Power of Being Yourself," in part 2, talks candidly about his life, his career, the sad loss of his son, and the importance of learning from tragedy.

February 15, 2016: Larry Weiss

An extra in "Vampire's Kiss," a paparazzi in "Batman Returns," Larry Weiss describes growing up on Long Island, how he got a SAG card, and events leading - not to Hollywood - but to the formation of Atlantic, Tomorrow's Office, an important supplier of office equipment and office automation solutions.

February 22, 2013: Richard Roberts, Defense Attorney

Defense attorney, Richie Roberts, former Essex County detective and prosecutor, who as a New Jersey detective and prosecutor, successfully prosecuted and shut down the drug trade of notorious Frank Lucas, to become the inspiration for "American Gangster" starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

February 29, 2015: Candido Perez, Optimum Window

Migrating from Puerto Rico, in hard times, a child from a large family - with luck, Candido Perez finds work repairing steel casement windows; perhaps marking the beginning of his hard route to the presidency of Optimum Window, nationally known for its fire-rated windows, custom high-tech projects, for commercial and high end residential applications.

March 7, 2016: William Guarinello

Celebrating more than 45 years of service to HeartShare Human Services of New York, William Guarinello, introduces us to his leadership as president and CEO of the agency, dedicated to improving the lives of those in need of special services and support.

March 14, 2016: Joseph Collins

Created when he was 52, when many of us are looking ahead to retirement, Joseph Kenneth Collins formed and developed CBS, Collins Building Services, one of New York's largest building services companies, serving many premier owners, managers, corporations and institutions.

March 21, 2016: Philip Altheim

Philip Altheim's career in the electrical contracting industry spans more than 40 years. Beginning as an apprentice electrician and mechanic journeyman, Mr. Altheum is a leader in the electrical contracting industry. Philip Altheim is active with UJA Federation, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and numerous other worthy philanthropies.

March 28, 2016: Dr. Michael Trepal

Dr. Michael J. Trepal, VP for Academic Affairs, Faculty Dean of New York College of Podiatric Medicine talks about podiatric medicine as a career and in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the foot, ankle and lower leg.

April 4, 2016: Stephanie Garry

An unlikely route for some - from actor, appearing in more than 1500 television commercials - to director of Community Relations - to Chief Administrative Officer/Community Relations Liaison for Plaza Jewish Community Chapel - but not for Stephanie Garry.

April 11, 2016: Domenick Cama

Domenick Cama, employed for 13 years by the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York as Vice President and Director of Sales, describes the course of his career to his current position as Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Investors Bank.


Author of "Got What It Takes?" motivational speaker, actor, four-time Emmy Award winning television host, (Midday Live, Time Out and more), Bill Boggs thanks his Bendix radio, Art Linkletter and Arthur Godfrey, for his amazing career.

April 25, 2016: Andres Escobar

Guest: Andres Escobar, Interior Designer. 

May 2, 2016: Al Perlmutter

Al Perlmutter, director of The Independent Production Fund, brought to television "The Great American Dream Machine," "Adam Smith's Money World," "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth," among many award winning programs, talks about his career in commercial and public television. (Taped 04-25-16)

May 9, 2016: Paula Marchetta M.D.

Dr. Paula Marchetta describes her career path to medicine and to her position as Concorde Medical Group's CEO and Managing Partner, and some of the interesting stops along the way. An avid reader and "Jo March" fan, her love of Chaucer and medieval drama were a precursor to her passion for medicine.

May 16, 2016: Avner Mendelson, Bank Leumi USA

Avner Mendelson, president and CEO of Bank Leumi USA, an international private bank, providing full commercial service with offices throughout the United States, talks about his family history and growing up in Israel.

May 23, 2016: Joe Cotter

National Resources, headed by Joe Cotter, specializes in the redevelopment of corporate and industrial sites. Cotter describes the "before and after" of many Hudson River and iPark Hudson waterfront projects.

May 30, 2016: Dr. Michael Brown, Marble Collegiate Church

Asked about his present and previous congregations, Dr. Michael B. Brown, sixth Senior Minister of Marble Collegiate Church, founded in 1628 and one of the oldest continuous Protestant congregations in North America, suggested that while some things never change, the difference may be that when you preach in New York, everyone is listening.

June 6, 2016: Paul Roth: Schulte Roth & Zabel

Paul N. Roth, founder and senior partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, well known for his knowledge and experience on behalf of hedge fund clients tells us about the generous contribution to his future, he received one summer.

June 13, 2016: Louise M. Sunshine

Louise M. Sunshine wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom! And she was, until an invitation to hear Assemblyman Albert Blumenthal speak, in 1973 - motivated her to volunteer to raise funds for his campaign, which led her to join Governor Carey's finance committee, which lead to a long list of successes.

June 20, 2016: Tim King

Timothy King, managing partner, CPEX Real Estate Services, describes the why and how of Executive Management Teams, the foundation of his business. Known as the King of Kings County for his extraordinary results in developing the Brooklyn marketplace, Mr. King has had diverse experiences, from time as a U.S.

June 27, 2016: Ian Bruce Eichner

Ian Bruce Eichner, Michael Stoler's guest, takes us on a bit of a roller coaster ride as they talk about Mr. Eichner's childhood, his much admired grandfather, his work in the criminal justice system, serving as an assistant district attorney, on to his creative ventures in real estate. Taped October 29, 2013.

July 4, 2016: Kevin Cummings

Sports enthusiast, high school and college baseball and basketball player, president and CEO of Investors Bank, New Jersey's third largest bank headquartered in the state, Kevin Cummings talks about the bank's successful transformation to a full-service bank, which, he says is due, in large part, to its commitment to the community.

July 11, 2016: Daun Paris, Eastern Consolidated

Strong, creative, a trailblazer, Daun Paris and her partner/husband (since 1983) Peter Hauspurg formed Eastern Consolidated in 1981, building it into one of the country’s preeminent full-service commercial real estate firms with three core divisions: Investment Sales, Capital Advisory, and Retail Leasing.

July 18, 2016: Greg Sherry, The Old Homestead Steakhouse

The Old Homestead Steakhouse, established in 1868 and located in the meat-packing district, now one of New York's more glamorous neighborhoods, known for its menu of Beef, Beef and Beef, is the domain nurtured by Greg Sherry.

July 25, 2016: Alan Zweibel: Part I

In the first of a two part conversation, Alan Zweibel, SNL writer; "It's Garry Shandling's Show" writer and producer, talks about growing up with Rob and Laura Petrie and the influence that the "Dick Van Dyke Show" had on his career choices.

August 1, 2016: Alan Zweibel, Part II

In Part 2, Alan Zweibel, writer and producer for Saturday Night Live, PBS Great Performances and It's Garry Shandling's Show, talks about his career, reviews of his first movie, "North," his collaboration with Billy Crystal on "700 Sundays" and his job behind the deli counter.

August 8, 2016: Arthur Mirante, Avison Young