Carmen La Luz has painted, plumbed and performed assorted odd jobs from Chelsea to the Bronx for 40 years. On the brink of her 87th birthday, she can look back on her life as a pioneer, a woman in what had traditionally been a man’s job: a building superintendent.
Female supers in New York City are about as rare today as they were when La Luz first landed in the U.S. in the ‘60s. But that might be changing. As the city experiences a construction boom of new residential buildings, the demand for superintendents grows. And building owners expect a higher level of professionalism in the people they hire to perform the jobs.