Category Archives: - Real estate

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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A discussion of the Seaport area with Head of Blue School

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Institute of Culinary Education moves to Brookfield Place

October 23, 2013- Brookfield Place landed yet another high-profile tenant. The Institute of Culinary Education is relocating Downtown. On the Brookfield website, “The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) is New York City’s largest and most acclaimed center for culinary learning. … Continue reading

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Exclusive: New daycare coming soon to Brookfield Place

March 10, 2014- The Bright Horizons daycare is coming soon. It is the construction going on at 1 WFC at the sidewalk level, across from Gristedes and SouthWestNY. The workers said that the company made walk-throughs and hope to open … Continue reading

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Jean-Georges is NOT coming to Brookfield Place

April 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer A local dog walker blogged this week that he had spoken to one of the Brookfield Place restaurant owners and was given a “bombshell” exclusive that famed restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten was opening a … 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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For Larry Silverstein, Seeking WTC Subsidies, More Is Never Enough

April 2, 2014- The NYT reports how Larry Silverstein, the man behind the decade-stalled redeveloped WTC site, is constantly complaining about being broke and demands more and more government subsidies.

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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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Exclusive: Skybridge to connect NYMEX and Brookfield’s WFC 4

April 1, 2014- Details to follow

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Interactive map of all the new high-rises going in Downtown

March 12, 2014- DNAinfo made an interactive Google map of the dozens of large new construction projects below Canal that will completely transform the area within 12-months.

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