About Marisa Bowe

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Marisa Bowe is a writer, editor and producer with credits in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s, New York Magazine, Slate, and PBS NewsHour, among others. She is co-editor of the oral histories Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs, and US: Americans Talk About Love. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in modern European history.

Articles written by Marisa Bowe

Neighbor Rights During Construction in New York City

What to know and do if your use of property is interfered with

“It’s as busy as it was in 2007,” says Ray Mellon, a construction litigator at Zetlin & De Chiara, about real estate development in New York City. But as construction projects magnify, so do problems. Demand for construction workers may be skyrocketing, but the pool of experienced laborers stays more or less the same. “It dilutes the labor force,” explains Mellon. “You have workers ignorant of building practices and people cutting corners.” Safety, Soundness, Quiet It’s the …

Car Accidents Happen

Here’s what to do, just in case, in New York 

If you're involved in a car crash, mistakes can cost you money. The following information from personal injury lawyers applies whether you’re a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist; and whether or not you’re at fault in the auto accident. If Anyone Is Injured, Call 911 Even if there are no injuries, says Carol L. Schlitt of The Schlitt Law Firm, “You should call always police.” Make Sure Everyone Is Out of Danger and Turn on Hazard Lights “You don’t want to create an enormous …

Pirates of the Arabian

Lawrence Rutkowski on negotiating with men holding AK-47s

“Up until a few short months ago, my idea of a pirate was Johnny Depp,” says Lawrence Rutkowski, the 56-year-old head of Seward & Kissel’s transportation finance practice. That changed last Thanksgiving evening when Rutkowski received a phone call from James Christodoulou, the CEO of Industrial Shipping Enterprises Corp. (ISEC), for whom Rutkowski acts as general counsel. It seemed an ISEC vessel, the Biscaglia, and its crew of 28, had been hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of …

The Eagle Scout

Bankruptcy lawyer Deryck Palmer is nice 98 percent of the time    

In the early 1980s, Ted Berkowitz and a handful of fellow law firm associates would regularly meet over lunch, or at one of their offices, to talk about bankruptcy issues. Federal bankruptcy law had undergone a comprehensive overhaul in 1978, says Berkowitz, now of Farrell Fritz in Uniondale, "so for us, there was very little learning curve with respect to that law. The cases were only five years old. Every time there was a decision in the Southern District of New York, law was being made." In …

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