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Gateway Plaza tenants united against landlord, divided among themselves

BY SAM SPOKONY  | While its goal is to win a whopping $100 million in damages based on longstanding allegations of callous neglect and barely habitable apartments, a class action lawsuit against the landlord and management of Gateway Plaza has also revealed deep rifts among both the complex’s tenants and their lawyers. Numerous publications, including Downtown […]

BY SAM SPOKONY | Citing longstanding complaints of freezing apartments, sky-high electric bills, rising rents and lack of necessary repairs, two Gateway Plaza tenants on Tuesday filed a $100 million class action lawsuit against the complex’s management and the Battery Park City Authority. One of those tenants, Maureen Koetz – a former vice-president of Gateway’s tenant […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 6, 2014  |  Gateway Plaza tenants are outraged over their incredibly high electric bills this winter — some of which surpassed $1,000 — and are still calling on their landlord to complete long-overdue repairs that would make their buildings more energy efficient. “We’re in electric shock, as Gateway […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEB. 14, 2014  |  The Battery Park City Authority says it’s planning a major renovation of the aging public bathrooms in Robert F. Wagner Park, and currently estimates that the job could cost nearly $1 million. The 18-year-old bathrooms are, for now, still in service for visitors of the park […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEB. 6, 2014  |   Two years after a deal that saved many of them hundreds of millions of dollars in ground rent payments, a newly expanded group of Battery Park City condominium owners is now calling on the Battery Park City Authority to negotiate amendments for all of their […]

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By CYNTHIA MAGNUS | Planners for the proposed West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge want the project to start next fall and end late 2016. It includes a 220-foot-long steel and concrete span, with open-air metal mesh sides, and a glass roof. “We’re full steam ahead,” Matt Best of the mayor’s capital project development office said […]

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B.P.C.A. shuts down funding spigot: Because of directives from New York State, the Battery Park City Authority can no longer use any of its discretionary funds for charitable donations. This means that the B.P.C.A. will no longer be able to help support the arts programming at Brookfield which it had previously been supporting with contributions […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER   |  [Updated Aug. 22, 2013] | Demetrios Boutris, president and chief operating officer of the Battery Park City Authority, handed in his resignation Aug. 16, 10 months after he had been appointed to that position by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In a letter to the staff announcing Boutris’ resignation, B.P.C.A. chairperson […]

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Electrical installation at the Police Memorial postponed: Superstorm Sandy dumped around nine feet of water into the vault that holds the electrical equipment for the New York City Police Memorial fountain, for the Kowsky Plaza dog run and for the playground known as “Pumpkin Park.” The equipment hasn’t worked since. Recently, the Battery Park City […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | “I’ve evacuated [from Battery Park City] the last two falls,” Martha Gallo said at the July 30 meeting of the Battery Park City Authority board of directors. Gallo, who is the only board member who lives in Battery Park City, went on to ask, “Are there things we’re going to […]

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