Category Archives: - Community Board 1

Important meeting today could allow outdoor music and city’s biggest nightclub to open in BPC

April 23, 2014- By Steven E. Greer There will be an important public hearing tomorrow to discuss the

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CBS covers our story on the Pier A beer garden

April 23, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD Local CBS 2 covered our story on the Pier A, verbatim (with no reference to the source, us, of course).

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Exclusive: Large beer garden planned for Pier A esplanade

April 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

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

April 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

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

April 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 … Continue reading

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Pier A to be “largest restaurant in NYC”

March 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer 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 … Continue reading

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Watch CB1′s Tammy Meltzer blast Pier A just one year ago

 Video from April 9, 2013 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 … Continue reading

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Letter: Pier A noise will be detrimental to BPC

March 5, 2014- By Concerned BPC Resident 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 … Continue reading

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Exclusive: CB1 was misled about Pier A liquor license

April 8, 2014- By Steven E. Greer 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 … Continue reading

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Pier 26 updates

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 … Continue reading

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How much does it take to sway a CB1 member to do a 180?

March 27, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Over the last several years, as the Pier A project went from being the money pit of the city, to money pit of the BPCA, then to being a pure gift from the … Continue reading

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CB1 conspires to dodge a crucial vote

April 6, 2014- By Steven E. Greer On April 1st, the BPC subcommittee of the Community Board 1 met to discuss a crucial issue in the community, which is the ongoing evictions of families form 22 River Terrace as the … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Major new addition to CB1: Andrew Zelter

April 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 … Continue reading

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The Pier 26 restaurant is just sad

April 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

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BP.TV asks local electeds “Will you make developers also build schools?”

February 25, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The CB1 met tonight, and the newly elected Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, was in attendance, as was City Council’s Margaret Chin. Amidst their back slapping, BP.TV asked Margaret Chin

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Catherine McVay Hughes gets a demotion

April 11, 2014- Finally, the CB1 announced the long overdue new appointees to the Community Board 1. There was no news in the announcement since BP.TV previously exclusively reported on the new additions.

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CB1 updates on ferry boat horn noise

April 1, 2014- The CB1 updated the status of Rep. Nadler’s attempts to have the Coast Guard come up with a common sense solution to the ferry boat horn issue. The bottom line is that the Coast Guard is not … Continue reading

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New weekend ferry boats, and 22 River Terrace eviction on the agenda today

4/1 Battery Park City Committee – 6:00 PM Location: Battery Park City Library   175 North End Avenue 1) American Heart Association/NYC LeadDog Marketing Group, Inc., application for Battery Park City Authority permit for Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – Discussion 

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State and City electeds support tenants at 22 River Terrace

March 24, 2014 John Tashjian, Principal Centurion Real Estate Partners, 595 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10002 Dear Mr. Tashjian, As elected representatives for the area, we are writing to express our concerns regarding a condominium conversion plan for a … Continue reading

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Departures from CB1

March 25, 2014- At the CB1 meeting tonight, it was announced that three long-time members are stepping down. Mark Costello and Ruth Ohman are among them.

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Important CB1 meeting today for BPC residents

March 24, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The monthly CB1 meeting tomorrow will discuss two issues vital to Battery Park City. You are encouraged to try to find the time and attend.

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Exclusive: Bob Townley’s Manhattan Youth investigated by State Attorney General

March 7, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Bob Townley is the founder and operator of the Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources Inc, a 501c New York State regulated non-profit. It operates the community center on 120 Warren Street as well … Continue reading

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Zero coverage in local press of most important issue to BPC in years

March 11, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV exclusively reported that the operators of the new Pier A restaurant were granted by the CB1 a rare 4:00 AM liquor license in a residential community. Attending the CB1 meeting on March … Continue reading

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Bob Townley faces uphill battle to regain lost BPCA funds

March 20, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) board convened a meeting today and the topic of charitable donations was discussed. The board approved new guidelines on how to decide which philanthropy or community organization … Continue reading

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Broadsheet continues to shill for Bob Townley’s Manhattan Youth

March 17, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD BatteryPark.TV has previously detailed the financial conflicts of interest between the local advertising flier, The Broadsheet (BS), and the subjects of its articles. Community centers and city or NGO’s that “advertise” in … Continue reading

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Do local task forces accomplish anything?

March 13, 2014- Opinion By Steven E. Greer, MD The newly elected Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer recently formed a “Task Force” to halt the progress of the Howard Hughes Corporation development planned for the Seaport at Pier 17. The … Continue reading

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Using shell company 501c non-profits is common form of corruption

March 6, 2014- The recent conviction of a New York State Assemblyman, William Boyland, details how elected officials and others in the power grid on New York love to form noble sounding non-profits as tax-exempt 501c’s then funnel money from … Continue reading

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Bob Townley now mysteriously votes on the BPC CB1

March 5, 2014- For the second time in a few months, the Tribeca CB1 member Bob Townley has attended a BPC CB1 meeting. He was allowed to dominate the conversation and vote tonight. The CB1 offices confirmed that Mr. Townley … Continue reading

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Once again, no elected officials show up for crucial BPC CB1 vote

March 5, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Last night at the CB1 BPC meeting, perhaps the most important vote in years took place. The CB1 rubberstamped a 4:00 AM liquor license for the Poulakakos group to run Pier A like … Continue reading

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Do Community Boards violate the NY State Open Meeting laws with secret sessions?

March 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The New York Community Board (CB) members have long discouraged discourse from the public during meetings. However, according to the New York Open Meeting Law, that seems illegal. BatteryPark.TV requested through the Freedom … Continue reading

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One year later, and no progress on Gateway Plaza freezing conditions

Update January 3, 2014- It has been a year since the last big meeting with LeFrak. Nothing has improved. Read more about this scandal, below. Is the GPTA and local elected officials really looking out for you, or are they … Continue reading

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Term limits for CB1 being pondered

February 25, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Newly elected Gale Brewer, who appoints half of the members of the Community Board, was present at the CB1 meeting tonight. Her staffer, Jesse Bodine, discussed the  selection process for the new members … Continue reading

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Letter: We need developments to save the Seaport

February 26, 2014- By Battery Park Dad While I applaud the effort to ensure that the community around the Seaport has a voice via the Seaport Task Force, I have to question the naiveté of the community leaders opposed to … Continue reading

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Ballfields for use on Governors Island

February 26, 2014- At the CB1 monthly meeting, it was announced that the new ballfields on Governors Island are available for use. Apply for permits here. You will need to take the ferry. Also, the nearby Staten Island Ferry, which … Continue reading

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Gale Brewer sends strong message that her administration will be different

February 26, 2014- By Steven E. Greer At the February 25th CB1 meeting, elected officials made a rare appearance to discuss their new Seaport Task Force. Prior to the Fall 2013 elections, under the leadership of City Council’s Margaret Chin, … Continue reading

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CB1′s Notaro backs down on “Homeowners Association” claims

February 25, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The monthly CB1 took place tonight, and on the agenda for the BPC committee was supposed to be a review of the BPC Homeowners Association.

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Gale Brewer puts a stop to Pier 17 plans, for now

February 25, 2014- The WSJ reports that the new CB1, now controlled by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and City Council’s Margaret Chin, have forced Howard Hughes to stall plans to build a high-rise at Pier 17. The article states,

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Will Mayor de Blasio build a new high-rise in place of Gateway Plaza?

February 20, 2014- BatteryPark.TV recently posted an essay laying out the reasons why condemning and demolishing Gateway Plaza made sense. Today, The Post reports, “Mayor de Blasio says he wants more high-rise buildings in the city, in hopes they will … Continue reading

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Obstructionists lose. Gourmet diner coming to City Hall.

Update February 19, 2014- Denny’s got its liquor license. January 2, 2014- For unknown reasons, obstructionists opposed plans to bring affordable consistent dining, in the form of a Denny’s, to 150 Nassau Street, which is across from Pace University and … Continue reading

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