New chef for North End Grill selected: Eric Korsh

KorshApril 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

Posted in American, Battery Park City and BPCA, French | Leave a comment

The final El Vez signage

El Vez front signApril 18, 2014- El Vez is set to open next week. The final signage is up, now in red motif to contrast much more nicely with the Continue reading

Posted in Battery Park City and BPCA, Tex-Mex | Leave a comment

Pier 26 updates

Pier 26 restaurant 7-20-2013

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).

However, Continue reading

Posted in - Community Board 1, - Real estate, - State Government, Gripes, Parks | Leave a comment

The Korean ferry boat disaster could happen right here on the Hudson

April 18, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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

Posted in -- In the News, New York Waterway ferry boat pollution | Leave a comment

Mighty Quinn’s BBQ: A documentary

Our interview became so in-depth that I jokingly call this a documentary. Enjoy.

Posted in - Brookfield Place, American, Barbeque, Battery Park City and BPCA, Cooking tips, Reviews, Wall Street | 1 Comment

Exclusive: Large beer garden planned for Pier A esplanade

Pier A plaza 2April 17, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

BatteryPark.TV has learned that the $6 Million paved esplanade adjacent to the Pier A nightclub is scheduled to be turned into a Continue reading

Posted in - Community Board 1, - Downtown oversight, - Real estate, - State Government, Battery Park City and BPCA, Gripes, Nightlife, Parks, Restaurants | 3 Comments

Interview with musician Simon Townshend at the City Winery

www.simontownshend.com

Posted in Music Bands, Nightlife, SoHo, Videos | 3 Comments

Shinola CEO discusses the product line

Posted in BIkes, Clothing, Featured Residents, Jewelry, TriBeCa, Videos | Leave a comment

The Netflix Late Reviewer: Gravity is stunning

TV screen with feetApril 13, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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

Posted in Film Theater and TV, Reviews | Leave a comment

Exclusive: Milstein Properties continues to clean house at its Milford Management

Darryl RankinApril 17, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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

Posted in - Real estate, Battery Park City and BPCA | Leave a comment

Exclusive: Pier A has acquired large chunks of BPC garages for valet parking rights

cropped-Pier-A-NW.jpgApril 17, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

BatteryPark.TV has learned that many of the parking garages in Battery Park City have sold parking rights to the Continue reading

Posted in - City government, - Community Board 1, - Downtown oversight, - Real estate, - State Government, Battery Park City and BPCA, Gripes, Nightlife, Outdoor events, Parks, Seafood | Leave a comment

Iron Chef Jose Garces to open restaurant in Brookfield Place

Iron_Chef_Jose_GarcesMarch 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

Posted in - Brookfield Place, -- In the News, Battery Park City and BPCA, Steak | Leave a comment

Without community input, BPCA allows radiation beaming cell tower to go up

Crane over man Albany Street 2April 17, 2014- Opinion by Steven E. Greer, MD

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

Posted in - Downtown oversight, - State Government, Battery Park City and BPCA, Gripes, Op-Ed | Leave a comment

Crepes by Suzette on 86 Chambers Street, Tribeca

Posted in French, Reviews, TriBeCa | Leave a comment

CBS national news uses our story on WTC security

March 21, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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.

When the news cycle got to the national TV stage Continue reading

Posted in - NYPD First Precinct, -- In the News, Crime, Film Theater and TV, World Trade Center | 1 Comment

Super genius from Battery Park saves the global markets

Brad KatsuyamaMarch 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).

Posted in -- In the News, Battery Park City and BPCA, Wall Street | Leave a comment

Ritz-Carlton could be evicted to make way for condos

Ritz_BatteryParkNY_00112_HomeApril 15, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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.

Well, now the New York Post reports on rumors that the Ritz-Carlton Continue reading

Posted in - Real estate, -- In the News, Battery Park City and BPCA | Leave a comment

Review: Umami Burger is fast food management trying to be fine dining

Umami burger sideApril 13, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

Umami Burger will be opening soon in Brookfield Place. I went up to their Greenwich Village location to try it out. I walked away feeling as if I was ripped off by a con artist of marketing.  Continue reading

Posted in American, Battery Park City and BPCA, Hamburgers, fries, Reviews | Leave a comment

Exclusive: Pier A group misled CB1, applies for full cabaret liquor license

cropped-Pier-A-NW.jpgApril 16, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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

Posted in - Community Board 1, - Downtown oversight, - Real estate, - State Government, Battery Park City and BPCA, Gripes | Leave a comment

Review: Bubby’s in Meatpacking District is a tourist trap

Bubbys Breakfast platterApril 12, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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

Posted in American, Reviews, SoHo | 2 Comments

Tour buses line entire length of Battery Place

Battery Place full of busesApril 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.

Posted in Battery Park City and BPCA, Gripes | 2 Comments

Floyd Cardoz Exits North End Grill

Chef Floyd on roofApril 11, 2014- In a very important move, BPC’s best restaurant, the North End Grill, has announced that Chef Floyd Cardoz is leaving. He might Continue reading

Posted in -- In the News, American, Battery Park City and BPCA | Leave a comment

New Yorker Magazine covers our story on kayak activists

July 23, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD

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.

(Click image to expand to full screen and better reading)New Yorker article on kayaks and ferry boat horns spliced

Posted in -- In the News, Accomplishments, Featured Residents, Gripes, New York Waterway ferry boat pollution, Sailing/Yachting | 5 Comments

Mayor de Blasio starts Office to Combat Domestic Violence

Kirsten DeFurMarch 27, 2014- Mayor de Blasio’s administration has a special office to combat domestic violence. Kirsten DeFur, MPH, discussion the functions of the office at the monthly First Precinct meeting.

 

Continue reading

Posted in - City government, - NYPD First Precinct, Child care, Crime | Leave a comment

The housing bubble is leaking gas

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.

Posted in - Real estate, -- In the News | Leave a comment

Review: City Winery is the best music venue Downtown

City Winery frontApril 15, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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

Posted in Music Bands, Nightlife, Performing arts, Restaurants, Reviews, SoHo | 1 Comment

Buy a real dragon egg for Easter

FIKA dragon egg 1March 22, 2014- Master chocolatier and artist, Håkan Mårtensson of FIKA Tribeca, is preparing some special treats for Easter. Among them are Game of Thrones dragon eggs! Continue reading

Posted in Art and Museums, Best of Downtown, Child care, Chocolate, Coffee, Events and Activities, Featured Residents, TriBeCa | Leave a comment

Exclusive look inside El Vez

El Vez bar 4-9-2014April 9, 2014- El Vez folks preparing for opening in a few weeks (assuming no city holdups with permits) gave us a nice tour. We then asked for a photo. You can see the main bar, above.

Outdoors, the Continue reading

Posted in Battery Park City and BPCA, Restaurants, Reviews, Tex-Mex | 1 Comment

Add Bouley’s Japanese Brushstroke to your bucket list

February 9, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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

Posted in Cooking tips, Health and lifestyle, Japanese, Reviews, TriBeCa | 1 Comment

NY Post covers the evictions going on at 22 River Terrace

22_River_grass_2April 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

Posted in - Real estate, -- In the News, Battery Park City and BPCA | Leave a comment

Cuomo’s BPCA has the power to stop evictions at 22 River Terrace

April 1, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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

Posted in - Community Board 1, - Real estate, - State Government, Battery Park City and BPCA, Gripes | Leave a comment

Tip of the Week: Try the Warby Parker bricks and mortar store

Warby Parker interiorApril 5, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD

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.

Today, I ventured to the actual physical store for Warby Parker in the Meatpacking district. Continue reading

Posted in Child care, Doctors, Dentists, Optical stores, Reviews, SoHo, Tip of the Week | Leave a comment

Major new addition to CB1: Andrew Zelter

CB1 on Gateway 1-7-2014April 7, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD

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.

Mr. Zelter is a rising star in the local community, Continue reading

Posted in - Community Board 1, - Downtown oversight, Child care, Schools, Sports and fitness, Wall Street | Leave a comment

Dean of Pace college discusses importance of face to face teaching

Posted in Child care, Featured Residents, Financial District, Schools, Seaport | Leave a comment

Letter to State Liquor Authority: Do not allow the Pier A liquor license

Pier A street viewApril 13, 2014- By Delia von Neuschatz

To: The New York State Liquor Authority

Dear (name redacted) :

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

Posted in - Real estate, - State Government, Battery Park City and BPCA, Gripes, Op-Ed, Restaurants | Leave a comment

Best chef in the world fights back against NYC restaurant shakedown

KellerApril 4, 2014- By Thomas Keller

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

Posted in - City government, Restaurants | Leave a comment

Letter to the Editor: The Rector Street Bridge should come down, and don’t build another one!

Rector STreet bridge from east sideApril 13, 2014- By Gerald Hanweck

Dear Editor,

Right on! And don’t build the new one, either. It’s a waste of money. Continue reading

Posted in - City government, - Real estate, Battery Park City and BPCA, Financial District, Gripes, Op-Ed | Leave a comment

The Pier 26 restaurant is just sad

Pier 26 restaurant close 4-12-2014April 13, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

I was walking by the stalled Pier 26 restaurant project and saw a Chelsea couple pondering what it was all about. I told them Continue reading

Posted in - Community Board 1, Hudson River Park Trust | Leave a comment

Tear down the Rector Street bridge

Grass field 2 April 13, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

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

Posted in - City government, - Real estate, Battery Park City and BPCA, Crime, Financial District, Gripes, Op-Ed, World Trade Center | 5 Comments

Review: Sundaes and Cones is a rare good ice cream shop in Manhattan

11 Sundaes and Cones pistachio pralinesApril 13, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

For whatever reason, New York City has a dearth of good ice cream stores. The only one I have been able to find is “Sundaes and Cones” in the Village by NYU (on 10th Street near 3rd Avenue).

I highly recommend it There will be a line. Continue reading

Posted in American, Bakery, Coffee, Ice Cream, Reviews | Leave a comment