Category Archives: - Real estate

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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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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Drug-busting task force lands at Brookfield Place

March 28, 2014- Crain’s reports, “The Drug Enforcement Agency’s New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force—an elite, joint federal, state and local group—will take one acre of space in lower Manhattan along the Hudson River. The feds will pick … Continue reading

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Broadsheet refuses to report on pending 4:00 AM liquor license at Pier A

March 18, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Viewers have reported to BP.TV that they sent letters to the editor of the Broadsheet (BS), and also requested the BS to alert the community, about the pending 4:00 AM liquor license for … Continue reading

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Stephen Starr’s reputation in Philly

March 15, 2014- By Steven E. Greer With Stephen Starr’s mega restaurant El Vez expected to open in the next few months in Battery Park City, good questions to ask are, “Who is this Stephen Starr from Philly and does … Continue reading

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Comptroller Stringer claims conflicts of interest plague city contracts

March 30, 2014- DNAinfo reports, “After a review of agency records from July 2007 to April 2013, the EDC failed to ensure contractors’ affidavits about conflicts of interest were completed on time during project bids, didn’t document follow-ups on contractors … Continue reading

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State and City electeds support tenants at 22 River Terrace

March 24, 2014 John Tashjian, Principal Centurion Real Estate Partners, 595 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10002 Dear Mr. Tashjian, As elected representatives for the area, we are writing to express our concerns regarding a condominium conversion plan for a … Continue reading

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Exclusive: We know the opening date for Brookfield Place restaurants

March 26, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The opening date for the second floor group of 14 restaurants in Brookfield Place will be

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Congressman Nadler to speak at Gateway Plaza Saturday

March 28, 2014- Congressman Nadler will be holding a Town Hall meeting at Gateway Plaza Saturday the 30th (tomorrow) at 11:00 AM, to discuss the slumlord conditions of the building. You can also voice your concerns about the ferry boat … Continue reading

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Brookfield Place still on track to open in April

March 25, 2014- Disregard the bad reporting, below. Brookfield Place is on track to open in April. The reporter has been fired. March 21, 2014- By Steven E. Greer We learned today that the Brookfield Place food court is nowhere … 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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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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BPC has highest housing price jump in the country

March 22, 2014- Bloomberg and Zillow have a report on the cities with the largest housing price jumps. Battery Park City topped the chart, with an average 97% increase in prices, year over year.

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Sheldon Silver schemed with alleged crooks to block affordable housing

March 22, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Sheldon Silver seems to have no allies these days. The conservative NY Post has long been exposing his scandals. Now, even the liberal NY Times has a lengthy Sunday Edition article on one … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Goldman Sachs takes down El Vez neon signs

Update March 22, 2014- The rest of the large neon signs were taken down as well. Read below for the whole scoop. March 15, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV first reported that the neon sign installed by Stephen Starr’s … Continue reading

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Sale of Hudson River Park air rights advances

March 20, 2014- Crain’s reports, “The Hudson River Park Trust and community groups are set to meet with the City Planning Commission next week to

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Exclusive: Second major lapse in Port Authority security at One WTC

March 20, 2014- By Steven E. Greer It’s happened again! The NY Post is reporting that a 16-year-old young man, out of boredom, sneaked past sleeping security guards at One WTC (The Freedom Tower), and made it to the top … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Cafe and nail salons at 395 South End to be evicted

March 14, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BP.TV has learned that the LeFrak-owned real estate at the north side of the Gateway entrance, now occupied by the cafe and nail salon, will be opened up

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Will Vesey Street become a Downtown version of Times Square with lights?

March 8, 2014- By Steven E Greer With El Vez restaurant installing numerous large neon lights on Vesey Street, and Blue Smoke already having their own, will the strip become a mini-Times Square? El Vez was approved

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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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Goldman Sachs out, Nature moves in

March 17, 2014- The Commercial Observer reports that the Nature Publishing group is moving to Water Street, at the 1 New York Plaza building. The space was made available when Goldman Sachs vacated.

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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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High winds blow out windows in Gateway Plaza

March 13, 2014- A woman who lives in Gateway Plaza circulated this plea. “Dear Friends & Neighbors, After returning from a grueling day of walking dogs in 25 MPH winds, I came upon a disturbing scene. I was headed over … Continue reading

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Do local task forces accomplish anything?

March 13, 2014- Opinion By Steven E. Greer, MD The newly elected Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer recently formed a “Task Force” to halt the progress of the Howard Hughes Corporation development planned for the Seaport at Pier 17. The … Continue reading

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Exclusive: 41 River Terrace to be sold for condos

March 12, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV has exclusively learned that 41 River Terrace (by Stuyvesant High School on Chambers Street) is now up for sale, to be converted to condos from rental. Recall, the nearby 22 River Terrace … Continue reading

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Wealthy tenants at 22 River Houses being evicted as building converts to condo

Update March 11, 2014- It seems that Big Real Estate will win in this dispute. The main vocal opposition, Seth Kyle, gave up and signed a lease in a FiDi apartment. When asked whether anyone else had organized and planned … Continue reading

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Owners of 22 River Terrace refute news reports that they are illegally evicting

March 11, 2014- In an email sent to the residents of 22 River Terrace, the new owners of the building who are converting it from rental to condo refuted the news reports that they are unfairly, or even illegally, evicting … Continue reading

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WTC Performing Arts Center still lacks funding to proceed

Update March 10, 2014- As BP.TV has reported, the WSJ confirms that the WTC performing arts center is going nowhere fast.

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Exclusive: Milford Management’s Lorraine Doyle “retires”

Update March 10, 2014- Lorraine Doyle replied today “As usual, you got it wrong.”. However, she would not talk to us, and her office confirmed that she is in fact “retiring” soon. March 8, 2014- Milford Management’s longtime senior manager … Continue reading

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Milford Management hires man embroiled in Rep. Rangel scandals

March 8, 2014- In 2010, venerable United States congressman Charlie Rangel was investigated by the House Ethics Committee. Among other findings of wrongdoing, it was revealed that a Harlem apartment complex was inappropriately giving Mr. Rangel discounted housing. The building … Continue reading

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Progress with Stephen Starr’s El Vez restaurant on Vesey Street

Update March 8, 2014-We got a sneak peak inside El Vez today. The bar is installed, but the ceiling and floors are still not installed. Factoring that in, plus the wildcard of many months of city building permit delays, June … Continue reading

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Inspired by BP.TV, Gateway tenants take action into their own hands

March 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD BatteryPark.TV has been the only source to report on the conflicts of interest of the leaders of the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association (GPTA) that have led to inaction in correcting the poor … Continue reading

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A new BPC Homeowners Action Committee forms

February 18, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD As previously reported, the “BPC Homeowners Coalition” (BPCHC), which made news recently by having one of its members present before the CB1 meeting this month, is in fact an illegitimate organization lacking … Continue reading

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Updates on the 63-story tower at 50 West Street

Update March 6, 2014- The developers presented at the FiDi CB1 meeting. A local paper reports, “Now 50 West St. is being built as a 63-story tower,

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One year later, and no progress on Gateway Plaza freezing conditions

Update January 3, 2014- It has been a year since the last big meeting with LeFrak. Nothing has improved. Read more about this scandal, below. Is the GPTA and local elected officials really looking out for you, or are they … Continue reading

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Letter: We need developments to save the Seaport

February 26, 2014- By Battery Park Dad While I applaud the effort to ensure that the community around the Seaport has a voice via the Seaport Task Force, I have to question the naiveté of the community leaders opposed to … Continue reading

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