Category Archives: Lawyers

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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How wealthy is LeFrak?

April 10, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Richard LeFrak is in the news a lot lately over the class action lawsuit brought against him for his alleged mishandling of Gateway Plaza as a “slumlord”.

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Exclusive: Lawyers battle to be plaintiffs’ counsel for Gateway class action

April 7, 2014- By Steven E. Greer It seems that the class action lawsuit against LeFrak real estate, brought by Gateway Plaza tenant Maureen Koetz and her

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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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Exclusive: Details of the Class Action against LeFrak and the BPCA

April 6, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV obtained the actual legal complaint of the Class Action lawsuit brought by Gateway Plaza residents against the owners, LeFrak, and the BPCA. It has not been previously reported that the BPCA was … Continue reading

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Small law firm sues NYC for $21B over racially biased property taxes

March 23, 2014- Crain’s reports, “Late last month, a pair of lawyers working for Newman Ferrara, a small law firm, set New York’s powerful real estate industry on its ear by filing a class-action suit that challenges the basic underpinnings … Continue reading

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Jenifer Rajkumar takes control of Gateway away from Plaskin’s GPTA

April 1, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD BatteryPark.TV has extensively reported on the feckless leadership of Glenn Plaskin and his Gateway Plaza Tenant Association (GPTA), as it allowed Gateway tenants to freeze in the winter and bake in the … Continue reading

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Legal tips for 22 River Terrace tenants

April 2, 2014- There are many useful websites that summarize New York law governing tenant’s rights, such as this one. The tenants who were tricked into signing riders in their lease agreeing to eviction, might have a case that the … Continue reading

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Jenifer Rajkumar leads lawsuit against LeFrak

April 1, 2014- ” PRNewswire- The LeFrak Organization, one of the largest landlords in New York City, put the deep freeze on thousands of Battery Park City residents during one of the coldest winters in recent memory. That is the … Continue reading

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Man climbs rocks in HRP, fails, now sues HRPT

March 30, 2014- The Post reports a man is now suing the Hudson River Park Trust after he tried to vandalize the park by climbing rocks, then tore his Achilles tendon.

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POV video of the WTC base jump

Told you so. WTC parachutists finally charged. WTC parachutists had inside help from steel worker  

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WWE’s Shane McMahon sues claiming injuries from water leaks in building

March 24, 2014- A blog reports, “Shane McMahon, son of World Wrestling

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Trinity Box Club faces eviction

February 19, 2014- The Post reports, “A Lower Manhattan boxing gym that draws a diverse crowd from Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony to Wall Street traders and even Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s boxing club, is facing eviction by a scheming landlord, … Continue reading

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Is Sheldon Silver really fighting for more schools?

  December 3, 2013- By Steven E. Greer MD Some of State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s proudest accomplishments are the new schools that he takes credit for building. He even has a School Overcrowding Task Force that is finding ways … Continue reading

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Residents’ suit against WTC-area ‘over-policing’ gets tossed

February 7, 2014- The Post reports, “A Manhattan judge has tossed a lawsuit by lower Manhattan residents who claimed the tight security plan for the World Trade Center made it seem their neighborhood resembled the “Berlin Wall” — saying the … Continue reading

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It just became more difficult to use a non-profit for personal gain in New York

January 12, 2014- By Steven E. Greer There are certain templates for corruption commonly used by schmucks in New York. As previously reported, one of them is to form a “community center”. The awarding of   construction and other operational contracts … Continue reading

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Cove Club Condo Drops Eviction Suit Against Service Dog Owner, But Discrimination Case Against Condo Will Press On

July 31, 2014- A local paper reports, “The Cove Club Condominium in Battery Park City has halted eviction proceedings against a deaf, 76-year-old deaf resident who has kept a service dog since 2012. The condo board moved to dismiss the … Continue reading

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Local man convinces the State of New York to sue on his behalf in dog dispute

January 13, 2014- A Battery Park City grandfather, Roman Erikhman, age 76, who lives in the “Cove Club” at 2 South End, was sued in 2012 by his building’s condo board and building manager, Milford Management ( a division of Milstein … Continue reading

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Google wants your DNA now

Opinion December 17, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD The Wall Street Journal published an article explaining how the pharmaceutical industry data mines credit card records, Internet traffic patterns, and other personal data on individuals, then forms educated guesses about … Continue reading

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Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP renews lease in Brookfield Place

January 22, 2014- Commercial Observer reports, “Law firm Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP has signed a 59,323-square-foot renewal of its headquarters space at 200 Liberty Street, which is part of Brookfield Office Properties‘ Brookfield Place complex in Lower Manhattan….The property at 200 … Continue reading

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Photo of ice inside a Gateway Plaza apartment

January 4, 2014- Photo courtesy of Jonathan Jossen One year later, and no progress on Gateway Plaza freezing conditions

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New state laws to curb motorcycle gangs

December 23, 2013- The Post reports new laws are planned to stiffen penalties against motorcycle gangs, in the wake of the roadside beating last vvv, “Sen. Adriano Espaillat, whose district includes Washington Heights, where the violence took place, and Assemblywoman … Continue reading

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CB1 member snaps. Impersonates Sheldon Silver staffer.

December 13, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD Since I started BatteryPark.TV in 2009 and began taking on special interests and crooks, I have been pushed by dog mafia, cyber bullied by bloggers and drunks in their apartments on weekend … Continue reading

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BPC man sues ex-wife for hiding Twitter stock during divorce proceedings

November 27, 2013- The NY Post is reporting that a man in BPC is suing his ex-wife for hiding her early-stage equity investment in Twitter during their divorce proceedings, “Stuart Strumwasser, 47, who plays in an indie rock band and … Continue reading

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The “Support dog” scam now invades jet planes

November 16, 2013- The NY Times reports, “Classifying animals as emotional support animals has long been permitted under antidiscrimination laws, allowing owners to take them into restaurants and shops or to residential buildings that have no-pet policies. To demonstrate the … Continue reading

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BatteryPark.TV shapes state bill A8031 relating to Pier 26

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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Huge law firm Jones Day moves to Brookfield Place

November 12, 2013- The NY Post reported that the Jones Day law firm officially signed the lease. May 3, 2013- According to Crain’s New York, “Law firm Jones Day is moving ahead with a large lease at 4 Brookfield Place, … Continue reading

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New York Dolls sued by strippers

September 17, 2013- The NY Post is reporting that strippers at Downtown’s very own New York Dolls are suing because of onerous work conditions. No, not the “forced to get naked” part, but rather because they were not allowed to … Continue reading

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Bill Thompson was hired by municipal bond firm he selected as City Comptroller

May 6, 2013- Former Battery Park City Authority Chairman, and former City Comptroller, Bill Thompson, (now running for Mayor) was handsomely rewarded by a minority-owned municipal bond underwriting firm that he selected while comptroller. Columbia Journalism School reports that millions in … Continue reading

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Little guy challenges Dr. Oz over copyright infringement and wins

September 12, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD Under certain circumstances, copyrighted text or video content can be used by others without permission or payment if it falls under the “fair use” laws. Whether “fair use” applies or not is … Continue reading

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Why did Bill Thompson abruptly leave BPCA?

May 16, 2012 The New York World has an exposé on Bill Thompson, our most recent Chairman of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), that could explain why he suddenly stepped down. It seems that he was cutting lucrative deals with

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PEP harass dog owners in nearby Battery Park

July 28, 2013- The NY Post is updating an ongoing  story, first exclusively reported by BP.TV, about BPC residents who said “enough is enough” and decided to team up and fight back against the PEP. The Park Enforcement Patrol, paid … Continue reading

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The Robin Forst gorilla campaign

June 15, 2013- By Steven E. Greer At approximately 10:30 AM, on a bright Saturday morning in Battery Park City, a group of local campaigners set up camp within 20 feet of the doorway of a residential building on West … Continue reading

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Citi Bikes stolen from Irish Memorial rack. Fools busted.

July 17, 2013- DNAinfo is reporting, “On July 10, Rafael Vasquez, 38, yanked at more than 10 Citi Bikes at the bike share dock near 8 River Terrace after 1 a.m., police said. When one blue bike came loose from … Continue reading

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BPCA to refinance bonds and go to market for additional revenue

Update June 18, 2013 By Steven E. Greer, MD The June 18th BPCA board meeting presented an update on the plan to refinance BPCA bonds (see below). The bank underwriters have been chosen and the “go to market” date is … Continue reading

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Quinn to overhaul Bloomberg’s restaurant letter grading revenue scheme

July 9, 2013- The NY Post is reporting that City Councilwoman Quinn plans to overhaul Bloomberg’s controversial letter grading system for restaurants that rake in $50 Million for the city, “Quinn, who announced plans to revamp it while dramatically cutting … Continue reading

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NYPD sting operation tickets newbie Citi Bike riders

Photo by Dmitry Gudkov June 24, 2013- The Gothamist is reporting, “Photographer Dmitry Gudkov says he was cycling up First Avenue when he noticed a police officer standing near his squad car at the intersection of 6th Street. “I kind … 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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Letter: Lower Manhattan Democrats club often violent while campaigning

Letter: June 15, 2013- By Westider (In response to our story The Robin Forst gorilla campaign) The woman volunteer trying to attack the camera is Eli Hausknecht, live-in girlfriend of the male volunteer you referenced but who is not shown … Continue reading

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CB1′s Jeff Galloway meets in secret with city official about West Thames Bridge

Updated June 6, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD At the June 4 meeting of the BPC subcommittee of the Manhattan Community Board 1 (CB1), Matt Best of the Office of Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, presented the first specific … Continue reading

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