Category Archives: - Real estate

Head of NYC Consumer Affairs opposes Pier A

April 24, 2014- The newly appointed head of the city’s Consumer Affairs Department, Julie Menin, discusses her opposition to making Pier A a private restaurant.

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Demand for Home Loans Plunges

April 25, 2014- The WSJ reports that the housing bubble is deflating fast. Demand for new loans is plummeting.

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$11.6 Million for Ritz-Carlton apartment

April 24, 2014- An apartment in the Ritz-Carlton just sold for $11.6 Million. One wonders whether they know that Pier A is poised to be a 4:00 AM closing cabaret licensed beer garden operating facility.

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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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Details of the Pier A beer garden and nightclub

April 21, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV exclusively obtained the actual SLA liquor license applications by the Poulakakos/Dermot group for Pier A. One fact that stands out

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

April 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 … 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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A discussion of the Seaport area with Head of Blue School

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Mighty Quinn’s BBQ: The review

April 19, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD BatteryPark.TV previously posted the 13-minute-long “documentary” video on the award-winning Mighty Quinn’s barbeque team of Hugh Mangum and Micha Magid. They are opening in May another Mighty Quinn’s in the Brookfield Place … Continue reading

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

April 13, 2014- By Gerald Hanweck Dear Editor, Right on! And don’t build the new one, either. It’s a waste of money.

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Why NYC must save the South Street Seaport

April 19, 2014- The Post has a lengthy historical piece on the Seaport, and slams the Howard Hughes Corporation, “Now Howard Hughes plans on finishing the job —

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Ritz-Carlton could be evicted to make way for condos

April 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 … 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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Federal DOJ getting tough on New York real estate families

March 17, 2014- The Post reports that Preet Bharara’s Second District of the DOJ is now going after the Related Companies empire for ignoring regulations in the Disabilities Act. This comes shortly after

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

April 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

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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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Should Gateway Plaza be condemned?

February 16, 2014- Opinion By Steven E. Greer BP.TV receives many letters to the editor, most of them being gripes about quality of life issues. The vast majority of the complaints come from Gateway Plaza residents upset about conditions in … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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NY Post covers the evictions going on at 22 River Terrace

April 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.

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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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Tear down the Rector Street bridge

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, … Continue reading

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Ritz-Carlton condo sells in rare auction for $3 Million

Update April 9, 2014- This unit sold for $2.96 Million. March 12, 2014- Crain’s reports, “A condominium at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park will be hitting the auction block next month, marking one of the few times a luxury … Continue reading

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Time inc is moving to Brookfield Place

March 21, 2014- The NYT is reporting that Time inc, now located in the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle, is looking to relocate t Brookfield Place, in the second building.

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Leo Di Caprio buys neighbors, doubles his BPC apartment

March 17, 2014- A real estate blog reports that actor Leonardo Di Caprio is not only staying put in his BPC apartment at 2 River Terrace, but bought out his neighbors for $8 Million, presumably to expand.

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Interview with Ed Hogan of Brookfield Properties about retail leasing strategies

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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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Details emerge on condo conversion of Verizon building on West Street

April 11, 2014- In a Bloomberg article, details emerged of the condo conversion plans for the historic Verizon building on West Street, across from Goldman Sachs and WTC.

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A new form of Downtown gentrification: One percenters evicting the mere wealthy

March 25, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD BatteryPark.TV has reported on several cases recently of wealthy families with incomes over six-figures, renting apartments that cost well more than $3,000 per month, who have been evicted as their buildings were … Continue reading

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Rajkumar refuses to address key plagiarism charges

April 10, 2014- The Downtown Express has posted an update to their story about the lawyer Jenifer Rajkumar being accused of plagiarism by competing lawyers. It seems that the three law firms will now join up and battle LeFrak and … 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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Told you so. J&R by City Hall is closing

  Update April 10, 2014- File this under “Told you so”. J&R is indeed closing. BatteryPark.TV was the first to use super-sleuth investigative reporting techniques to confirm that J&R was indeed closing. We inform. March 20, 2014- A local blog … Continue reading

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Rajkumar accused of plagiarizing Gateway Plaza lawsuit

April 8, 2014- Downtown Express reports, “Days after filing a $100 million class action lawsuit against the landlord and management of Gateway Plaza on behalf of a fellow tenant of the complex, Democratic District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar

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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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Manhattan Borough President protests LeFrak plan to demolish historic building

April 7, 2014- The Observer reports that Gale Brewer is calling for changes in the city landmarking process after they were “blindsided” by the LeFrak organization. The Rizzoli bookstore on 57th street was not allowed to be landmarked, and is … 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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