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  • 12/06
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BPC PEOPLE – Kevin O’Toole

Title: Electrician

Favorite BPC Spot: Teardrop Park

Kevin O’Toole was born and raised in Far Rockaway, Queens. After high school, he moved to New Orleans and worked for Crescent Hardwood Supply as a warehouse manager. Two years later, he came back to New York and, in May, 2008, was hired as a seasonal employee for the Maintenance Department of the then-Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. With hard work and dedication, Kevin became a full-time Assistant Electrician and was then promoted to Electrician in 2015, his current title.

Among the many projects he has been involved in while at the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), Kevin is most proud of helping to install new light emitting diode (“LED”) lighting in Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park, Kowsky Plaza Playground and the Plaza’s Sirius Dog Run, and along the Battery Park City Esplanade after Superstorm Sandy. Currently, Kevin is working on the Belvedere Pylons and Glass Benches Restoration and LED Lighting Conversion Project with his fellow team members Nelson Rogers and Jonathan McCain. This Belvedere Pylons and Glass Benches Project is a two-part initiative that involves, in part, the LED lighting conversion of nearly a dozen glass benches adjacent to the Irish Hunger Memorial as well as the Belvedere Plaza Pylons, a public art installation – designed by eminent American sculptor Martin Puryear, currently representing the United States at the Venice Biennale – near the North Cove Marina.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and four-year old son in Inwood, Nassau County. He hopes to be able to pick up golf in the future, but in the meantime, he loves coming to work in Battery Park City. “Who wouldn’t want to come to the waterfront and work? That’s my office space out there!”

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