Barnet Schecter is a Manhattan-based writer. His interest in architecture, urban planning and in New York City evolved from his first career, as a sculptor. He holds a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Yale University, where he also took courses in the art school. He then moved to New York City to study sculpture full-time at the NY Studio School in Greenwich Village. He holds an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Queens College, CUNY and his work, including large outdoor commissions in bronze and concrete, is represented in numerous private collections in the United States, and has been exhibited in galleries and other venues in New York City.