Dec 8, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. A neglected pile of documents in early Dutch are left intact while the more recently archived British history documents that shaped our commonly held assumptions about Americas founders were burned in a fire. Ghering began to translate the papers of the early Dutch settlers in New York and upended many of our assumptions about our roots. Tim and Nina Zagat co-founded the Zagat Survey in 1979 as a way to collect and correlate the ratings of New York restaurants by their friends. The Survey now covers over 70 cities, with reviews based on the input of hundreds of thousands of individuals. In addition to restaurants, Zagat guides now rate hotels, nightlife, shopping, and golf courses. In 2012, the Zagat Survey became part of Google. Tim has served in various prominent civic, cultural, and charitable capacities. He is currently a board member of the Partnership for NYC, the World Travel & Tourism Council, and NYC & Company, the official marketing, promotion, and tourism arm of New York City, which he chaired twice. Nina was named one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World by the Star Group, one of Crain’s Top Tech 100, and one of Crain’s New York 100 Most Influential Women. Prior to founding the Zagat Survey, Tim and Nina were prominent attorneys in New York. They reside in New York City and Pine Plains, NY.