Arvind Sindhwani joined the SoHo Broadway Initiative as the Community Engagement & Planning Intern in October 2020. Originally from Westchester County, Arvind now resides in the Lower East Side. He is currently enrolled at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and hopes to receive his Master of Urban Planning by 2022. Bringing experience from the New York City Public Advocate’s Office and the Regional Plan Association, Arvind is excited to delve more into work in the public realm.
SBI: When did you start working with the SoHo Broadway Initiative?
AS: I began working at the SoHo Broadway Initiative in October 2020. Ever since I started my undergraduate career, I have worked in the public/non-profit sector, making this a natural transition. As a frequent SoHo visitor and neighbor, working for the Initiative keeps me local and engaged with my surrounding community.
SBI: Outside of work, what are your interests and activities?
AS: I’m quite the active person so running and biking are two of my favorite activities. Its a great way to see all of New York and visit less transit-accessible neighborhoods! I also love reading, volunteering at my local community garden, and spending too much time reading about politics.
SBI: What is the best part of the next thing you’re doing?
AS: It definitely has to be working close to home, especially during a pandemic! I’ve spent a lot of time in SoHo during my youth and college years so it will be interesting to work with the Initiative during such a transformative time for the district.
SBI: What is your favorite hang-out spot in the SoHo/Downtown area?
AS: I’m a huge fan of the small businesses in and around SoHo. Recently I’ve been a frequent visitor of Le Botaniste, Wine Therapy, and Cafe Integral.
SBI: What is your preferred mode of transportation in NYC?
AS: Biking! It’s certainly hard to describe the overwhelming joy of biking in this city as its quite the unique experience.