NYC isn’t just the city that never sleeps — it’s truly woke. That’s thanks to the people who burn the candle at both ends to keep it a vibrant, remarkable, tolerant and one-of-a-kind metropolis. Meet seven of those dedicated, die-hard New Yorkers, all part of the LGBT community the city is proud to call its own.
THE VISIONARY: VERONICA MAINETTI
Age: 38 Job: President, Sorgente Group of America Claim to fame: A developer known for sustainable initiatives, her holdings are simultaneously iconic and eyebrow-raising. Not only does the Sorgente Group own a majority stake in the Flatiron Building, but its new developments are eco-trailblazers. In 2016, Mainetti’s condo conversion at 60 White in Tribeca entirely eliminated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in construction and building materials. After work: Also a photographer, Mainetti shares her projects (including her conceptual series “Rebirth,” which won raves from art insiders) on Instagram. What’s next: “I always think it’s funny when I’m called a ‘female developer.’ I would love to see more female architects, engineers and project managers. For my next project, I want to have 50 percent women. That’s my goal,” she says. Pride plans: Mainetti, her wife, Lorri Shackelford, and their 5-year-old son, Giulio, marched in Sunday’s Pride parade.