April 24, 2014- Letter to Editor from Rhonda Waggoner
I am ready to take to the streets in protest and participate in a class action lawsuit. Startled out of sleep this morning at 7:45AM by low-flying helicopter(s) crossing Manhattan near 86th Street on the east-west route.
With cross island traffic of privileged commuters, unrelenting daily tourists’ choppers recklessly banking at 45 degrees and flying too low over land, and redundant news helicopters covering the same flat tire on the FDR, our homes and parks are under constant attack.
I witnessed another near collision this week between a helicopter turning west below a small plane flying north over the Hudson River, but 311 was not prepared to take that information. I told her if I made a complaint about the helicopters noise we would never get off the phone.
Please act immediately to stop this insanity and help me organize in protest. I am not too proud to beg. I am desperate.
April 24, 2014- BatteryPark.TV has previously reported how the Tribeca Film Festival essentially no longer exist. It was forced to move to Midtown after American Express dropped them as a sponsor, etc.
April 24, 2014- An apartment in the Ritz-Carlton just sold for $11.6 Million. One wonders whether they know that Pier A is poised to be a 4:00 AM closing cabaret licensed beer garden operating facility.
We had the pleasure of visiting the City Winery on Varick Street to watch Simon Townshend play (the brother of The Who’s Pete Townshend). The layout is ideal for a civilized evening of fine wine, food, and music. We highly recommend this establishment. Continue reading →
Governor Christie recently used New jersey taxpayer dollars to fund an “investigation” of Bridgegate that used his personal defense lawyer as the investigator. Many called it a whitewash. Now, the New Jersey treasurer is investigating those expanses.
The number of restaurant groups trying to copy Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) and create the “better burger” are in the dozens, but few are succeeding. The reason is that it is very difficult to truly provide high quality food and great hospitality. Continue reading →
April 24, 2014- Speaker Sheldon Silver’s long-time friend, who helped obstruct development in the Lower East Side to make sure that the population was more likely to vote for Silver, pleaded guilty to stealing $9 Million in charitable funds.
The Pew research people have a book out, “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials”, and it has me thinking. I never really thought about it, but labeling the demise of a society as being associated with a single labeled generation is one way of looking at it, I suppose. Although, it is a bit unfair and simplistic. Continue reading →
Well, statistically, the p-value that this is a fluke is getting pretty small. The number of TV news anchors who have been hired after I suggested them to the heads of news is astonishing. Continue reading →
When the story broke yesterday about a 16-year-old kid breaching One World Trade Center security, I called every editor and journalist I knew to remind them that the Goldman Sachs parachutists last year also jumped form the WTC. The journalists agreed, once again, that it was a good story, but their editors blocked the story. Last Fall, the same reporters were blocked from reporting this by their editors.
I became impatient waiting for the Battery Park City Parm to start construction, so I went to the homeland in Little Italy to try out the original Parm. It was a quick shot up the R train to Prince Street. The Mulberry Street block it is on felt to me like a Hollywood stage.
Parm was the brainchild three years ago of the owners of the Torrisi fine dining restaurant next door. It opened in late 2011. Continue reading →
BatteryPark.TV was informed today by the New York State Liquor Authority that the application filed by the Pier A restaurant group (The Poulakakos family and the Dermott Company) for Pier A deviates considerably from the information given to the Community Board 1. A public hearing will be allowed, after all, despite claims to the contrary by Peter Poulakakos. Continue reading →
I am a Battery Park City homeowner and resident writing to express my deep concern over the granting of a 7:00 AM – 4:00 AM liquor license by CB1 to the developers of the Pier A restaurant and bar complex. Continue reading →
During the October 22nd meeting of the BPCA board, Chairman/CEO Dennis Mehiel made it public record that the BPCA internally allowed Pier A to flood during Hurricane Sandy.
Mr. Mehiel explained an anecdote, “It was 10:00 or 11:00 at night, the phone rings…it was Demetri (former BPCA President) and Gwen (current VP of Assets)…they said, “We’re over here at Pier A. We’ve got all of these sandbags to try to protect it against the flood, not to get into Pier A.” Meantime, somebody had figured out the previous high tide was 13 feet above normal, whatever it was….it was clear there was a lot of water coming. Gwen said, “We’ve got to take down these sandbags and let this place flood, so that when the water recedes it will empty and we won’t end up with a bathtub of saltwater, and all of the impact that that would mean…corrosion, mold…”. Continue reading →
Dr. Steven Greer of BatteryPark.TV was given exclusive access to Danny Meyer at his newest establishment, the North End Grill. They discuss why he chose Battery Park City for his three new restaurants, and his philosophies that have led to such consistent success.
More than 20 years ago, Roger Daltrey began forming special cancer units in the UK to treat patients in their teenage and young adult years. Now, with the other member of the legendary rock band The Who, Pete Townshend, they have formed the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend cancer center and are planning more in the united states. We had the honor to be granted a rare interview with Mr. Daltrey.
You might seriously want to be considering moving if you like Battery Park City for its quiet manicured parks and family-friendly environment. The Community Board tonight just rubberstamped a 4:00 AM liquor license for the Poulakakos-run Pier A, set to open in June. And to make matters worse, the group proudly explained that it will be the largest restaurant in the city, with multiple levels and more than 30,000 square feet. Continue reading →
In the July 29th edition of New Yorker Magazine, journalist Nick Paumgarten covered our exclusive story about kayak activists in Midtown forcing the ferry boats docking in Battery Park City to honk their horns four teams at each arrival and departure, starting at 6:00 AM.
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April 2, 2014- We previously reported how key opponent to Pier A and the noise that it might create made a “180″ and granted them the right to dock party boats and also have a 4:00 AM liquor license. CB1′s Tammy Meltzer had been the most vocal critic of the party boats. Continue reading →
It won’t be long before there will be an explosion of 311 complaint calls due to the noise that will be emanating from Pier A.
It’s unbelievable that a 7:00 AM – 4:00 AM liquor license was granted to a place that is within a stone’s throw from at least four large residential towers.
No one batted an eye at the Poulakakos explanation at last night’s meeting that they want the 4:00 curfew so as not to “push out” any customers coming in at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning! What about the thousands of residents who live only a few hundred feet from the soon-to-be tourist trap?
Those large French windows that will be kept open all summer long will indeed make it a very “porous” (as Poulakakos described it) noise situation indeed. And that’s not even mentioning the party boats that will be docked outside.
On March 4th, when the Poulakakos restaurant group presented to the CB1 for approval of a resolution in favor of their 4:00 AM liquor license at Pier A, Peter Poulakakos proudly stated that there were no other liquor licenses within 500 feet. This is important because the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) will not allow a public hearing to debate a pending liquor license if there are not at least three existing liquor licenses within 500-feet of the new applicant. Continue reading →
The South BPC community is getting worked up over the stealth installation of an unknown-height Verizon cell tower going in on top of 300 Albany Street, BatteryPark.TV first reported on this days ago, and it is now making the other local papers. Continue reading →
March 30, 2014- CBS’ “60 Minutes” featured a fascinating story, written up by author Michael Lewis, about how high speed trading is just legalized front running of large clients trying to place orders. This was all discovered in 2008 by an RBC Capital trader, right here in Battery Park City, named Brad Katsuyama.
He has now formed his own stock exchange called IEX, and has the support of top hedge funds, Goldman Sachs, and large mutual funds. Mr. Katsuyama wins the BatteryPark.TV “Genius” award (like the Macarthur Genius award).
Being a fan of what I have seen of famed chef Thomas Keller, and myself a world famous baker, I decided to visit his Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. His 3-star Michelin restaurant, Per Se, is in the same location. Continue reading →
BatteryPark.TV previously posted the 13-minute-long “documentary” video on the award-winning Mighty Quinn’s barbeque team of Hugh Mangum and Micha Magid. They are opening in May another Mighty Quinn’s in the Brookfield Place dining hall. Continue reading →
April 15, 2014- In what might be a hint of things to come when the Pier A event space opens, the entire length of Battery Place was jammed full of tour buses. The Ritz-Carlton did not know why they were there.