Category Archives: Hurricane Sandy

BPCA intentionally allowed Pier A to flood, collects FEMA money

October 28, 2013- By Steven E. Greer 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, … Continue reading

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NY Post covers BatteryPark.TV story about the FEMA investigation into BPCA

November 10, 2013- The NY Post picked up our story about the odd decision by the BPCA to remove sandbags and intentionally allow pier A to flood during Hurricane Sandy. The printed version

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Tour of Stone Street after Hurricane Sandy

Ronan Downs, the owner of several restaurants in the Financial District on Stone Street, such as Beckett’s, Stone Street Tavern, The Dubliner, Pizza Pizza, and Burger Burger gives a tour of the area after Hurricane Sandy. All of the establishments … Continue reading

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Photo by BP.TV’s Mary Engels selected for museum exhibit

January 5, 2014- Mary Engels, contributor to BatteryPark.TV, had one of her Seaport photos after Hurricane Sandy selected for an exhibit at the Museum of NYC.

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NY and NJ waste $65 Million of Hurricane Sandy relief on tourism ads

Update January 13, 2014- In the wake of the bridge scandal and federal investigations, the Feeds have opening up the case of whether relief funds were misused. CNN reports, “Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in … Continue reading

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BPCA: insurance covered damages caused by intentional flooding of Pier A

December 11, 2013- The NYT has an article on the new commercial complex at Pier A. In it, the BPCA’s Gwen Dawson makes an interesting comment, “Separately, Hurricane Sandy set back the project for several months, with about $4.3 million … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Inspector General of Homeland Security investigates BPCA

Update November 10, 2013- The NY Post called us about the story, below, and ran their own version today, “The head of the Battery Park City Authority admitted he intentionally allowed Hurricane Sandy floodwaters to inundate a historic city pier … Continue reading

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One year ago “Hurricane Sandy: Battery Park unscathed”

October 31, 2012 By Steven E. Greer, MD BatteryPark.TV was the sole source of local detailed information for residents during the flooding crisis and power outages of Hurricane Sandy. We received numerous emails requesting status updates. People had evacuated only … Continue reading

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Broadsheet, absent throughout Hurricane Sandy, posts self-congratulatory letter

November 16, 2012 The publisher of the local advertising flier The Broadsheet, Robert Simko, and his employee “Pulitzer” Matt Fenton, were both silent throughout the Hurricane Sandy aftermath, publishing nothing for days on end. Therefore, we find it quite offensive … Continue reading

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Interactive map of the Sandy flooding

The NYT has this interactive map of the flooding we experienced after the storm.

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Post-Sandy devastation in Manhattan mostly caused by institutional incompetence

Opinion Update November 15, 2012 BatteryPark.TV was the first to point out (below) that much of the human suffering after Hurricane Sandy was preventable and due to institutional incompetence. We caught a lot of flack for this. For example, the … Continue reading

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Egregious service by Verizon in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

October 31, 2012 The Verizon land line phones are still down, astonishingly. Since they use the same lines as the Fios Internet and TV, this is clearly a human error. The headquarters for Verizon is less than a mile away … Continue reading

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No mention of the HRPT amendment at September board meeting

November 14, 2013- Governor Cuomo finally signed A8031. The Villager reports, “On the same day that around 200 Lower West Side residents gathered to discuss their fears about a bill that would allow the transfer and sale of Hudson River … Continue reading

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No Atlantic Hurricane in August, First Time in 11 Years

August 30, 2013- Bloomberg is reporting that there has been no hurricane this month, which is a first since 2002. The reason is a massive dust storm in Africa, where the hurricanes form, with sand in the atmosphere floating all … Continue reading

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BPCA discusses spending on infrastructure for hurricane defenses

July 30, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD The BPCA board met today, and for the first time hinted at how it will spend the billion dollars it will raise in new bonds this year. Plans are underway to begin … Continue reading

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Bombshell: The BPCA gives $500K to Manhattan Youth

(Center, Bob Townley who runs Manhattan Youth, From Clockwise: Former Chairman of the BPCA, Bill Thompson, Former President/CEO of the BPCA, Gayle Horwitz, BPCA senior executive Anne Fenton, Community Board 1 Chair, Katherine McVay Hughes, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Community … Continue reading

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High winds, hail, down more trees on esplanade, damaging River House

May 11, 2013- 5:00 PM- A strong stormfront brought high winds and hail to Battery Park. The trees along the esplanade, already weakened by Hurricane Sandy, could not bear the force, and three more toppled. Merchant’s River House was hit … Continue reading

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There is no water in the Waterfall Pond

June 4, 2013- The beloved Waterfall Pond (AKA Duck Pond) is once again suffering from neglect under the care of Tess Huxley, Director of the Parks Conservancy. The water pumps that power the waterfall are still deactivated, and no one … Continue reading

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Sailing schools at Pier 25

April 30, 2013 By Steven E. Greer For the second year, Pier 25 will be offering sailing classes through the OffShore Sailing School. The mooring capabilities of the Pier were not established until mid-season last year, so they only had … Continue reading

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New flood zone maps favor Battery Park City

March 1, 2013 By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV was the only local news site operational and reporting updates on the status of the flooding¬†as the Hurricane Sandy storm surge came and went, leaving BPC virtually unscathed (see video below). Many … Continue reading

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A moral equivalence between Asphalt Green and Manhattan Youth behavior post-Sandy?

April 2, 2013 Steven E. Greer, MD In the March 28th story, “Explanation of the Asphalt Green contract“, it was explained how Bob Townley, a CB1 board member, and his Manhattan Youth facility were receiving preferential treatment from his own … Continue reading

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Little League and Asphalt Green opening days set

March 26, 2013 By Steven E. Greer, MD From the BPCA board meeting today, it was announced that the ballfield reconstruction is completing, and that opening day will be on

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North Cove Marina esplanade lights now working

March 16, 2013 A mere five months after Hurricane Sandy floods knocked out the Brookfield Property park lights along the marina esplanade, Brookfield finally got them back working. Residents were forced to endure blinding nighttime spotlights and noisy generators in … Continue reading

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Let there be turf

Update March 11, 2013 Update February 22, 2013 The BPCA has selected the contractor to replace the ballfields. It will be Applied Landscape Technologies. The BPCA website stated, “Locally, the company which is an authorized installer of AstroTurf systems, has … Continue reading

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Battery Park City CB1 meeting, February 2013

February 5, 2013 By Steven E. Greer At the monthly CB1 meeting tonight, the much anticipated updates by the BPCA on the ballfields and Asphalt Green repair projects were much ado about nothing. After somewhat of a distracting filibuster about … Continue reading

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Breaking News: BatteryPark.TV helps save the Little League season

January 18, 2013 By Steven E. Greer, MD As a direct result of BatteryPark.TV’s reporting that lengthy RFPs are not required before beginning the repair work on the ballfields (other sources such as the Broadsheet were incorrectly reporting on the … Continue reading

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Stone Street is open for business

January 13, 2013 All of the restaurants on Stone Street are now opened after the Hurricane Sandy outages. That includes Harry’s, Mad Dog & Beans, Beckett’s, and The Growler. Give them some business, why don’t you:

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Major development at the Seaport: ConEd power is finally on

January 12, 2013 By Steven E. Greer Yesterday, a major milestone in the post-Sandy recovery was met when the South Street Seaport had the ConEd power restored. Already, signs of life are seen in the deserted shops at ground level … Continue reading

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More landfill to be added to Battery Park and the Harbor?

The first of several commissions has returned a report to Governor Cuomo about ways to prevent future flooding from storms like Sandy. One plan in the WSJ today is to make miles of marsh and swamp south of the current … Continue reading

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After Hurricane Sandy, Insurance disputes and lawsuits

December 27, 2012 The Wall Street Journal By LESLIE SCISM And ERIK HOLM When a 5-foot surge from superstorm Sandy washed over 200 acres of low-lying parking lots at New Jersey’s Port Newark, a fleet of vehicles belonging to International … Continue reading

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Asphalt Green update

December 26, 2012 Most of the repairs for the Asphalt Green indoor facility (not the ballfields) will

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BPCA buries bad news about ballfields on a holiday Friday

Update December 22, 2012 The BPCA news section, which was the source for the story, below, has been removed since our reporting. December 21, 2012 By Steven E. Greer, MD The Dynamic Duo of the BPCA’s misinformation team, Anne Fenton … Continue reading

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South Street Seaport Museum re-opens

December 11, 2012 The South Street Seaport Museum was partially destroyed by the flood and has finally re-opened. For more information, click here.

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Exclusive: BPCA was not properly insured against flooding of Asphalt Green. Milstein might be on the hook.

December 4, 2012 By Steven E. Greer, MD (This story updated at 3:00 PM on December 4, 2012) The BPCA board convened on December 4 to discuss, among other matters, the repairs required to various construction projects after the devastation … Continue reading

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South Street Seaport in danger of sinking

WSJ By LAURA KUSISTO, JENNIFER MALONEY and JESSI RUCKER The South Street Seaport was recently on the verge of a major redevelopment designed to lure locals and more tourists to the charming, but largely ignored, neighborhood on the southeast tip … Continue reading

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Tax relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy

November 17, 2012 To learn more about tax relief if you or your business are in areas affected by the hurricane, click here, and this IRS site.

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33 Rector Street featured in NYT on slow recovery after Sandy

November 15, 2012 33 Rector Street is featured in the New York Times as a building still not fully recovered from the damages of Hurricane Sandy.¬† Of note, that entire building has been shrouded in scaffolding for many years because … Continue reading

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Damage report: Asphalt Green flooded. Slight delays in opening. Palm restaurant destroyed. Manhattan Youth flooded.

November 6, 2012 By Steven E. Greer The walk-in ER at 200 Chambers is now back open. This is the same building of the flooded Downtown Community Center and residential complex, right across from Whole Foods. November 1, 2012 The … Continue reading

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PEP offices still without phone lines, but why?

Update: November 13, 2012 As a result of BP.TV’s story, the BPCA posted an update stating that a backup phone has been made available at (212) 417-3114 November 9, 2012 By Steven E. Greer Almost two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, … Continue reading

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New York magazine cover of Manhattan half dark

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