Brendan Krisel Reporter

Throughout my four years at Syracuse University I have covered beats such as student employment and the Onondaga County Legislature.

During that time I have also been involved with The Daily Orange student newspaper, serving as a copy editor for two semesters and as an assistant features editor last semester writing and editing news and feature articles about topics important to the Syracuse student body.

My favorite room

By the time I started first grade my parents had been divorced for a few years and my mother decided it was time to move out of our family home and into a Brooklyn Heights apartment. I was worried. That home was all I knew, my brother and I would have to share a room, and I would have to watch my volume out of fear of annoying the neighbors.

But I didn’t know there are advantages to living eight stories up in the air. It’s the view. From my living room I could stand by a window and have the VerrazanoNarrows Bridge and the Statue of Liberty to my left, and the Woolworth Building and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to my right.

My mother still lives in that apartment, and as I’ve grown older the view has changed. A towering movie theater has blocked the Verrazano, and the World Trade Center fell. But I never get tired of just looking out of that window, watching the Staten Island Ferry carry people to and from work or viewing the fireworks display in New Jersey on the Fourth of July. My mother’s apartment isn’t anything special, a simple two-bedroom, one-bathroom, but the view is what really sets it apart.