Category Archives: Parks

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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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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Photos 4-12-2014

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Not a single PEP south of Pier 40

April 12, 2014- By Steven E. Greer In walked to the Meatpacking District today using the esplanade in the Hudson River Park. In the north and southbound trip, there was not a single PEP officer seen south of Pier 40.

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Letter: I enjoy BatteryPark.TV

Hello Dr. Greer, I read your email list serve and think you do a great job. I am interested in many of your postings ( & congrats on getting the scoop on the BASE jumpers, etc. story). You are helping … Continue reading

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UK’s Daily Mail covers BatteryPark.TV story on $5-Million HRPT dog run

October 4, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD The international newspaper, The Daily Mail, has expanded upon BatteryPark.TV’s story of the HRPT’s $5 Million dog run. Click here for the story.

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Bill “Robin Hood” De Blasio wants to pilfer BPC to help poorer parks

March 22, 2014- The Post reports, “City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito expressed reservations Friday about a proposal to force well-funded park conservancies to share their donations with small or neglected parks. De Blasio, who backed the controversial money-sharing proposal during … Continue reading

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Help us monitor our PEP

It is now clear that our expensive Park Enforcement Patrol are not showing up for duty in the numbers provided for in the contract between the BPCA and city. BatteryPark.TV has learned that BPC-funded PEP are being reassigned to the … Continue reading

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New City Parks Commissioner: fate of PEP Captain Falcon uncertain

March 21, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD With reports that felony crimes in the city parks are growing at 18%, Mayor de Blasio has chosen a new Parks Commissioner. The question remains whether our own Clapton of the Park … Continue reading

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Tip of the Week: Stuyvesant pool day passes for $12

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PEP allow serious crime in parks to skyrocket

March 12, 2014- The WSJ reports, “Major felony crimes in 31 of the city’s biggest parks increased nearly 18% in 2013 compared with the previous year, pushing the yearly total to the highest level since officials began collecting data for … 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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Downtown Boathouse to open at Pier 26 in April

March 13, 2014- Letter from Graeme Birchall, President, Downtown Boathouse Hi Steve, At CB1 Tribeca Committee meeting that was held last night, the Hudson River Park Trust announced that the Downtown Boathouse has won the bid to run the Pier … Continue reading

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Traditional Irish music

BatteryPark.TV is pleased to feature The Craobh Naithí Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, which is an organization based in Dublin, Ireland that teaches and promotes traditional Irish music. The group is on a New York tour and stopped by the … Continue reading

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BPCA refuses to organize any St Patrick’s Day event at Irish Memorial

Update March 14, 2014- BPCA’s Robin Forst confirmed that the BPCA had made no effort to organize any sort of event at the memorial for St. Patrick’s day. January 30, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD The Irish Memorial in … Continue reading

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Should the HRPT be patting themselves on the back?

September 21, 2013- Opinion By Steven E. Greer, MD The Friends of Hudson River Park” is throwing a “Robin Hood” style gala on October 3rd at Pier 57. The event will “honor” Goldman Sachs and Michael Novogratz (Chairman of “Friends”, … Continue reading

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HRPT is neglecting the new $5 Million dog run

March 10, 2014- People who use the new $5 Million dog run by Pier 26 are complaining that the park staff are not caring for the dog run. For example, dog feces is accumulating. Send us your observations. UK’s Daily … Continue reading

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Man arrested for jogging after dark in Prospect Park

March 1, 2014- A local blog posted the first person account of a man arrested, held overnight, for jogging after dark in prospect Park. “I was arrested on Tuesday night for running in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park after dark. It was, … 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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Not a single PEP officer to be found

February 23, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Today was the first warm sunny day of the year. After weeks of polar vortex conditions, people came out to the parks by the hundreds. However, there was not a single PEP officer … Continue reading

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CB1′s Anthony Notaro complains about BPCA spending money on BPC

February 19, 2014- By Steven E Greer The Downtown Express reported on the BPCA board meeting of February 18. The BPCA updated the public on the plans to repair the Wagner Park bathrooms. This work project was discussed in public … Continue reading

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BPC resident writes letter to Governor Cuomo and BPCA Chairman

September 10, 2013- By BPC resident (name withheld) Dear BPCA Chairman/CEO, Dennis Mehiel, BPCA continues to be an uneasy environment for its employees.  With the departure of President Demetrios Boutris, there are many rumors flying about that should be addressed … Continue reading

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Letter: New anglers on esplanade are a problem

Letter to the Editor June 6, 2013, By B. Rosen I would like to address the arrival of fisherman now using the Esplanade between Liberty Street and the South Cove. That strip of the esplanade between those two locations is home to … Continue reading

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Photos 2-5-2014

   

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PEP Captain Falcon denies reassigning his PEP to other parks

February 5, 2014- At the CB1 meeting held in the public library on February 4th, BP.TV asked the Park Enforcement Patrol Captain, Ed Falcon, to address our reporting that uncovered his officers were being reassigned to other parks, despite the … Continue reading

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Outrageous: $400,000 salary executives of 9/11 Memorial charge $24 admission

January 24, 2014- The mainstream press, even the NY Post, for unknown reasons, is not connecting the dots between the grift and graft of the $400,000-salaried 9/11 memorial staff and the cost overruns. Now, it was announced that, in order … Continue reading

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Exclusive: BPCA pays for park staff reassigned to non-BPC parks

December 2, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD BatteryPark.TV previously reported that the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) contract with the New York City Parks Department pays for a large number of Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers that are not … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Is the BPCA paying the city for no-show PEP officers?

November 24, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD Battery Park City is supposed to have far more Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers patrolling the 92-acres (35-acres of parks) than any other park in the city. In the 2013 contract with … Continue reading

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Another City Parks employee arrested

December 30, 2013- If the NYPD use the motto “City’s Finest”, then the Parks Department should be branded “City’s Worst”. Yet another park officer was arrested for a crime. The Post reports,

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Exclusive: Who is behind CB1′s move to dissolve the BPCA?

December 19, 2013- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV first exclusively reported that the political winds were shifting in favor of dissolving the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) as it exists now, and possibly having the city assume control of the … Continue reading

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Photos 12-17-2013

The Irish Memorial

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Photos 12-10-2013

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Christmas Tree lighting

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Let there be light: Ballfield lights completed

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PEP now suddenly refusing to remove tour buses

October 5, 2013- By Steven E. Greer Illegally parked tour buses is a major concern for Battery Park City residents. The Community Board and local Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) have been willing to assist in eradicating the buses. Suddenly, for … Continue reading

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Exclusive: BPCA now owns Pataki Highway south of Chambers Street

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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Laughable cost estimates for the Liberty Street Greek Church

November 22, 2013- The NY Post is reporting that the newly announced plans to build a Greek Orthodox church on the southern edge of the WTC “Ground Zero” site are laughably low-balling the cost, “The Greek Orthodox

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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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The Brookfield Place ice rink to open Saturday

November 10, 2013- The ice is being created now and the rink should open this week. November 3, 2013- Last year, the BPCA, headed by VP of Operations Anne Fenton (who was a press person for local politicians prior to … Continue reading

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