April 18, 2014- The NYT is reporting that Eric Korsh will be the next chef to run North End Grill and replace Floyd Cardoz. He comes from the French bistro Calliope, which closed down due to the bad economy, but had good reviews of the food. Continue reading →
Update April 18, 2014- The educational “estuarium” that seemed to have been left out of the Pier 26 plans are now back in the plans, and have received $10 Million in funding. Governor Cuomo issued a press release on the matter.
Update March 12, 2014- The CB1 subcommittee on Tribeca met and the HRPT updated the group on Pier 26. The restaurant is stalled, with no plans to open for at least 12-months. BatteryPark.TV was the first source to report that the restaurant was troubled (see below).
Officials are now reporting that the captain of the Korean ferry boat that sank, killing hundreds, had no captain at the helm. A lower ranking employee was steering when the vessel went off course and struck ground. Continue reading →
For those who thought that Sandra Bullock’s 2010 Oscar for The Blind Side was undeserving (like me), they might also be hesitant to buy into the hype that surrounded Gravity before the 2014 Academy Awards. I, for one, was pretty sure that it would be a sappy love story in space with George Clooney as the leading man. It’s not. Continue reading →
BatteryPark.TV previously reported on senior management changes within Milford Management (the apartment management company arm of Milstein properties), and that other changes were likely. We have now learned Continue reading →
March 11, 2014- The Eater blog reports that Iron Chef TV show winner Jose Garces is opening a full sit-down restaurant in Brookfield Place (i.e. not the food court section). There is no word yet on the type of restaurant, but if we had to guess, a steakhouse would make most sense. 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 →
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.
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).
We previously commented on the new form of gentrification involving the merely wealthy being evicted by the ultra-wealthy in Battery Park City. The 22 River Terrace condo conversion, and others nearby, are driving renters out of BPC, despite the fact that they are paying market rate for apartments that start at $3,000 a month.
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 was in the Meatpacking District doing an errand and decided to try out the new Bubby’s restaurant across from the High-Line on Washington Street. My expectations were low based on my experience with the Tribeca location, but I genuinely hoped that this one would be nicer. 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.
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 16, 2014- Just as we correctly predicted many times that the biotech bubble would deflate as soon as the Fed hinted at raising interest rates, we also called out high New York City apartment prices as a bubble. Now, the WSJ reports that the hosing market is grinding to a halt this Spring.
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 →
Back in 2011, When David Bouley first opened his latest Japanese restaurant called Brushstroke, in the same location as his unsuccessful Secession (a victim of the global financial collapse), I was skeptical but open-minded. I stopped by several times to introduce myself, but no manager ever replied. I gave up, and then noticed that the restaurant was not overly busy. Admittedly, I formed an impression of the place without ever having eaten there.
I know little about Japanese cuisine, and cannot distinguish top restaurants from shady ones. All sushi looks the same to me. That is why my meeting with Brushstroke’s Chef, Isao Yamada, was so enlightening. Continue reading →
April 15, 2014- The Post reports on the evictions taking place at 22 River Terrace, “Since tenants received a “red herring” in January, Centurion has refused to renew leases and has exercised an option to cancel others. Continue reading →
The BPC subcommittee of the CB1 discussed tonight the issue of the renters at 22 River Terrace who are being evicted by the new owners of the building as they convert to condos. Approximately 20 of the residents attended the meeting. Continue reading →
I previously extolled the virtues of online optical stores that have broken the mold of the old eyeglass cartel, and sell high quality prescription glasses for as little as $35. I explained how to design custom spectacles for the computer screen distances, relieving stress on the eyeball.
The list of new CB1 appointees was released to BatteryPark.TV by the Manhattan Borough President’s office (see chart at bottom). There were few changes amongst the old guard, but a very significant new member was added: Andrew Zelter.
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 →
With the conclusion of the OATH Tribunal, where the Judge overturned 25* violation points, we are now in a position to describe in detail the findings of both the original inspection and the Tribunal. Continue reading →
When something unsightly sticks around for so long, people tend to tune it out and just accept it. Like an abandoned rubber tire plant in Akron or trash barges in the Fresh Kills, the Rector Street Bridge has become invisible to people. Continue reading →