A Man of Many Views
If you were Arkady Zaltsman's guest in New York, you could be sure he would take you to the esplanade at Brooklyn Heights. And you could be sure he would be beaming as he showed off that vista. It was his favorite view.
Then again, Mr. Zaltsman, an architect, had lots of favorite views. "He loved New York so much," said his wife, Zhanna Galperina. "He was very proud to live here." With their daughter, Laura, the couple immigrated in 1990 from Moldova (then the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic) and settled in Midwood, Brooklyn. But they did not come until he could see his most important project to completion: the House of Parliament in Chisinau.
Mr. Zaltsman reached two milestones last year. He was hired by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill — "He used to tell me that S.O.M. is mentioned in every book on architecture," Ms. Galperina said. And he turned 45. Rather than wait until his 50th birthday for a blow-out party, Mr. Zaltsman celebrated his 45th in grand style, with nearly 100 friends, colleagues and clients.
Though he dreamed of beautifying Brooklyn, especially the Russian quarter in Brighton Beach, much of Mr. Zaltsman's work took place in the towers of Manhattan. He was at a meeting with the Aon Corporation in 2 World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 22, 2001.