Across six decades of myriad public incarnations, Justice Reichbach occupied buildings at Columbia as a student, won a court case that helped legalize residential loft life in SoHo and TriBeCa, blasted a state agency from the bench for ignoring Medicaid fraud and served as a judge on a war-crimes tribunal in Kosovo.
Elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 1999, he decorated his courtroom with pictures of Paul Robeson, Clarence Darrow and striking coal miners, as well as a neon sign showing the scales of justice.
Last year, the Reichbachs’ daughter, Hope, died at the age of 22.
Gertrude Stein said,
“There ain’t no answer. There ain’t gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer.”