Age: 34 | Position: Editor, Cityland at New York Law School’s Center for New York City Law
As editor of CityLand, Brian Kaszuba keeps a close eye on the New York City Council, the city’s Planning Commission, landmark hearings and “the whole land use process.”
Kaszuba brings plenty of insight to the job, thanks to his years of experience working for elected officials, on political campaigns, for an advocacy group and a city charter commission. That doesn’t even include his stint as an attorney.
These days, while leading CityLand’s coverage of the city’s changing landscape, he has also been overseeing big changes at the publication. When he came on as editor about a year ago, the print edition had been dropped in favor of an online-only product with more articles.
“We’ve been able to increase our readership numbers, our subscriber lists—we’ve done a lot more with social media and getting the word out, getting our content out to a wider audience,” Kaszuba said. “We’re getting a lot more commentaries from people in the public sector, as well as covering issues earlier on in the process at the grassroots level, so we’re covering local preservation groups as they’re trying to start the process of getting something landmarked or creating a historic district. We [also] got commentaries [from candidates] who ran for office this past year on their ideas for what the landscape should be going forward for the next 10 to 20 years.”
If you were not working in politics or government, what would you be doing? “I’d love to be playing music in an Irish band or shooting pool on the way to the pro tour.”
What is your favorite place in New York City? “Coney Island, absolutely. As a Brooklynite, I love going there. It’s got a little bit of everything, from Nathan’s Famous hot dogs to a great baseball team in the Cyclones to wonderful rides and food. When I get a chance, it’s definitely Coney Island, Brooklyn, U.S.A.”