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“The Secret Lives of Buildings” with Bobby and Carmen Gonzalez.
AUTHORBobby and Carmen Gonzalez
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Bobby and Carmen share their home, their lives -- and their job.
Bobby and Carmen Gonzalez are a husband-and-wife team who are the resident managers at 2575 Palisade Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. “We’ve been doing this together now for almost 14 years,” says Carmen. “Bobby’s the superintendent part of the team, and I’m the office managerial part.” Their relationship dates back even farther. “Bobby and I met in junior high,” Carmen says, “and we were high school sweethearts.”
Her history with supers dates back farther yet. Her father and brothers – and a long line of uncles – have been superintendents, and she says those connections “opened up a window for Bobby to get into this industry.”
Bobby began as a doorman at 2575 Palisade Avenue on May 12, 1984.“It’s nice to work side by side with your husband, but also truly your friend,” says Carmen. “Sometimes we don’t even need any words, we just say on the radio, ‘Bobby,’ or ‘Carmen,’and we know what’s coming next.”
Bobby agrees. “It’s just a perfect fit,” he says. “I wouldn’t want it any other way.
The Secret Lives of Buildings
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