Condo board battles
At a recent holiday gathering, one of the things that came up over cocktails was Superstorm Sandy and two of the proposals to protect us from the next such storm. Both call for adding landfill in the East River near the South Street Seaport. One plan—called “Seaport City”—proposes building housing and new parks. The other—known as “The Big U”—involves digging a tunnel beneath the landfill and sending a portion of the FDR Drive underground.
House of Shame
The Cove Club Condominium in Battery Park City has halted eviction proceedings against a 76-year-old deaf resident who has kept a service dog since 2012. The condo board moved to dismiss the eviction action against Roman Erihkman, according to court filings. However, the discrimination lawsuit against the condo board filed by the New York State Division of Human Rights in Manhattan Supreme Court, will proceed, along with Mr. Erihkson’s ongoing battle to recover approximately $100,000 in legal fees he spent defending his right to keep the dog.
It has a 24-hour doorman and river views, but the real appeal of 377 Rector Place—a building that is about as bland as a luxury tower can be—lies in its name: Liberty House. Particularly if one is about to start a 10-year prison sentence.
The New York Post reports that Peter Madoff and wife Marion have moved into a $3,200-per month one-bedroom rental in the Battery Park City building. For someone who has agreed, as part of plea bargain, to the criminal forfeiture of $143.1 billion, including all real estate and personal property, a rental is definitely the way to go.
Battery Park City. Like the Upper East Side or Mill Basin, it’s the sort of out-of-the-way neighborhood you never visit unless you live there, or maybe there’s a concert going on at the Winter Garden?which feels more like the Financial District anyway, so does it count?
Well, NY1 has a report out about how Battery Park City has finally come into its own, and it is indeed a place worth visiting. Much of the credit is given to Danny Meyer for spicing up the food scene, but really, credit is due Lloyd Blankfein.
The Goldman Rule
Ever since Al Gore first gave an overly long Power Point presentation, green has become more than a color. A veritable lifestyle movement in its own right, “living green” now says as much about your love for tree frogs as it does what kind of car you prefer. And now, for New Yorkers, “living green” can Read More
Goldman Sachs has unveiled its plans to bring a Shake Shack, a Blue Smoke barbecue joint, and a “fancier restaurant” to its complex in Battery Park City, City Room reports.
On Wednesday, Community Board 1 received an update on the latest details of the plan: an upgrade to the Embassy Suites hotel near Read More
The culturally (and culinarily) bereft neighborhood of Battery Park City gets some food cred next year as Danny Meyer announced plans to open yet another Shake Shack in the Wall Street-y area, plus a Blue Smoke and a “yet-to-be-named” fine dining establishment.
This is the 12,000 fifth Shake Shake for Manhattan, joining the Madison Square Read More
In late 2006, as a set of projects calling for hundreds of millions in funds languished in their planning stages, Dan Doctoroff, then deputy mayor, became frustrated.
Operating under the code name “Project Repo,” aides to Mayor Bloomberg’s right-hand man for development drew up a clandestine list of where the city could seize control of Read More
The Bloomberg and Paterson administrations had much to be pleased with late last month when they reached a deal to take $861 million in Battery Park City funds, putting money toward budget gaps and affordable housing.
As for Battery Park City bondholders? They have less to applaud.
Credit ratings giant Moody’s last week put Read More
City Comptroller Bill Thompson has a model for building mega-projects, and—surprise!—it’s not the same strategy as Mayor Bloomberg’s.
Speaking at a Crain’s New York breakfast Thursday morning at the Hyatt on 42nd Street, the Democratic nominee for mayor offered a blast from the past as his standard bearer for how the city should get giant real Read More