In the News: Community Board 1 Is Blocking Asphalt Green Again

••• A local “news source” (name redacted at its request) attended last night’s meeting of the CB1 Battery Park City Committee. [Note: The source requested that his text not be used, so I’m summarizing in my own words. The comments on this post were made about the original text.] The source posted that the group that has allegedly been fighting Asphalt Green has—behind closed doors—allegedly come up with a new stipulation that Asphalt Green not compete with Manhattan Youth. The source claimed that Anthony Notaro, chairman of Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee, would not allow the stipulation to become a matter of public record, and that other members of the committee did not understand why. Finally, the news source also claimed that the BPCA and Milstein Properties are in disagreement over who should pay to fix Sandy-related damage at Asphalt Green.

••• “Russell Crowe has been hanging out with a crowd of friends in the courtyard of the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, drinking amid the wafts of smoke coming from suspicious-smelling cigarettes and singing songs accompanied by an acoustic guitar. ‘Crowe is in the courtyard every night with his bandmates playing music. They’re not bad,’ said one neighbor who also noticed a very distinctive fragrance wafting up from the courtyard.” —New York Post

••• “Marc Forgione, who owns a Tribeca restaurant bearing his name, has joined the EMM Group. As the chef and partner of Abe & Arthur’s, which the group owns, he will oversee a redo of the meatpacking district restaurant, which will close this winter and reopen with a new name. He plans to serve dishes associated with New York. ‘I want to bring the dirty-water dog into fine dining,’ he said.” (Fine dining was not available for comment.) —New York Times

••• “The Battery Park City Authority hopes to complete a detailed assessment of damage from Hurricane Sandy to neighborhood infrastructure within the next several weeks, and then make public a specific timeline for repair. This assessment will cover damage to the new community center on North End Avenue (most recently targeted for opening on December 1), the ball fields (where the damage brought a premature end to the Downtown Soccer League season), and Pier A (which the Authority had originally hoped to turn over to its tenant and partner, the Poulakakos restaurant group by December 31).” Well, well, well… The Broadsheet now no longer refers to “the new community center” as Asphalt Green? This won’t exactly stop the accusations that the publication is in the pocket of the BPCA and other local interests.

••• Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee approved the liquor license application for El Vez, the New York outpost of a Philadelphia restaurant coming to the Conrad building. And El Vez will sell takeout from a separate entrance. —”News source” who wants its name redacted

••• Tenants at 67 Vestry are unhappy about how their landlord, Aby Rosen, has handled post-Sandy repairs, says the Tribeca Trib. Can’t they see how busy he is being fabulous?