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Battery Park City

Battery Park City is a residential 92-acre planned community on the west side of the southern tip of the island of Manhattan in New York City. It is bounded by the Hudson River on the west, the Hudson River shoreline on the north and south, the West Side Highway on the east; the neighborhood is named for Battery Park, located directly to the south. More than one-third of the development is parkland; the land upon which it is built was created by land reclamation on the Hudson River using over 3 million cubic yards of soil and rock excavated during the construction of the World Trade Center, the New York City Water Tunnel, certain other construction projects, as well as from sand dredged from New York Harbor off Staten Island. The neighborhood includes Brookfield Place, along with numerous buildings designed for housing and retail. Battery Park City is part of Manhattan Community District 1, it is patrolled by the 1st Precinct of the New York City Police Department. Battery Park City is bounded on the east by West Street, which separates the area from the Financial District of Lower Manhattan.

To the west and south, the area is surrounded by the Hudson River. The development consists of five major sections. Traveling north to south, the first neighborhood has high-rise residential buildings, the Stuyvesant High School, a Regal Entertainment Group movie theater, the Battery Park City branch of the New York Public Library, it is the site of the 463-suite Conrad New York luxury hotel, which contains restaurants and bars such as the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar, ATRIO Wine Bar Restaurant, Mexican-themed El Vez, three Danny Meyer-branded restaurants. Other restaurants located in that hotel, as well as a DSW store and a New York Sports Club branch, were closed in 2009 after the takeover of the property by Goldman Sachs. Former undeveloped lots in the area have been developed into high-rise buildings. Nearby is Brookfield Place, a complex of several commercial buildings known as the World Financial Center. Current residential neighborhoods of Battery Park City are divided into northern and southern sections, separated by Brookfield Place.

The northern section consists of large, 20–45-story buildings, all various shades of orange brick. The southern section, extending down from the Winter Garden, located in Brookfield Place, contains residential apartment buildings such as Gateway Plaza and the Rector Place apartment buildings. In this section lies the majority of Battery Park City's residential areas, in three sections: Gateway Plaza, a high-rise building complex; these subsections contain most of the area's residential buildings, along with park space, supermarkets and movie theaters. Construction of residential buildings began north of the World Financial Center in the late 1990s, completion of the final lots took place in early 2011. Additionally, a park restoration was completed in 2013. Throughout the 19th century and early 20th century, the area adjoining today's Battery Park City was known as Little Syria with Lebanese, Greeks and other ethnic groups. In 1929, the land was the proposed site of a $50,000,000 residential development that would have served workers in the Wall Street area.

The Battery Tower project was left unfinished after workers digging the foundation ran into forty feet of old bulkheads, sunken docks, ships. Construction was never restarted. By the late 1950s, the once-prosperous port area of downtown Manhattan was occupied by a number of dilapidated shipping piers, casualties of the rise of container shipping which drove sea traffic to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey; the initial proposal to reclaim this area through landfill was offered in the early 1960s by private firms and supported by the mayor. That plan became complicated when Governor Nelson Rockefeller announced his desire to redevelop a part of the area as a separate project; the various groups reached a compromise, in 1966 the governor unveiled the proposal for what would become Battery Park City. The creation of architect Wallace K. Harrison, the proposal called for a'comprehensive community' consisting of housing, social infrastructure and light industry; the landscaping of the park space and the Winter Garden was designed by M. Paul Friedberg.

In 1968, the New York State Legislature created the Battery Park City Authority to oversee development. Rockefeller named Charles J. Urstadt as the first chairman of the authority’s board that year, he served as the chief executive officer from 1973 to 1978. Urstadt served as the authority’s vice chair from 1996 to 2010; the New York State Urban Development Corporation and ten other public agencies were involved in the development project. For the next several years, the BPCA made slow progress. In April 1969, it unveiled a master plan for the area, approved in October. In early 1972, the BPCA issued $200 million in bonds to fund construction efforts, with Harry B. Helmsley designated as the developer; that same year, the city approved plans to alter the number of apartments designated for lower and upper income renters. Urstadt said. In addition to the change in the mix of units, the city approved adding nine acres, which extended the northern boundary from Reade Street to Duane Street. Landfill material from construction of the World Trade Center and other buildings in Lower Manhattan was used to add fill for the sout

Henri-Robert Petit

Henri Petit was a French journalist, collaborationist under the Vichy regime, far-right activist. Henri Petit wrote several anti-Semitic and anti-Masonic books, worked with far-right journalist Henry Coston, creator of an "Anti-Jewish Youth" organisation. Petit presented himself as an "anti-Jew" candidate for the 1936 legislative elections, which were won by the left-wing Popular Front. Petit broke with Coston, who accused him of having stolen him money. In 1937, Petit became the secretary general of Louis Darquier de Pellepoix's Comité antijuif de France. In May 1942, Darquier de Pellepoix replaced Xavier Vallat as Vichy France's Commissioner for Jewish Affairs. Petit carried on a literary correspondence with the influential novelist Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Petit's work influenced Céline, who shifted more to the far right during his career. In 1939, Petit traveled to Nazi Germany to work in the "World Center of Anti-Semitic Propaganda", he returned to France after the proclamation by Marshal Philippe Pétain of the Vichy regime in 1940, became the chief editor of the collaborationist newspaper Le Pilori before being replaced.

Petit worked directly with the Nazi propaganda services and was, because of that, not appreciated in collaborationist circles. In August 1944, he left for Germany. On 18 November 1947, during the Épuration légale, Petit was condemned in absentia to 20 years of prison and to "national degradation". For some time, he lived clandestinely in Belleville, in Meudon. After receiving amnesty in 1959, he published an astrology magazine, before collaborating with the Fédération d'action nationale et européenne, a neo-Nazi group created in 1966 by Mark Fredriksen. Petit was sentenced several times for "incitation to racial hatred." La dictature des loges La Maçonnerie à l'oeuvre. Alexandre de Yougoslavie, victime d'une conjuration maçonnique Translated into German as Der Mord an dem König Alexander von Serbien ein Freimaurerwerk Le drame maçonnique L'invasion juive Le règne des juifs Les juifs au pouvoir Rothschild: Roi d'Israël et les Américains L'Emancipation des Juifs en France

Vasilis Vouzas

Vasilis Vouzas is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a defender. Born in Greece, Vouzas began playing football as a defender for Alpha Ethniki side Olympiacos F. C. in 1987. He went on loan to Alpha Ethniki rivals Doxa Drama F. C. for two seasons. He would play in the Alpha Ethniki with Ionikos F. C. Edessaikos F. C. and Ethnikos Piraeus F. C. making a total of 149 league appearances during his career. After he retired from playing, Vouzas became a football coach, his first professional manager experience was with Chaidari F. C. from 2005 to 2008. He managed several Greek clubs over the following years, including Atromitos F. C. Ionikos F. C. Egaleo F. C. and Levadiakos F. C.. Vouzas was appointed manager of Panachaiki in January 2012

Sentetsu Shiki class railcars

The Shiki or Sigeu class railcars were a class of 3rd class steam railcars of the Chosen Government Railway. There were two classes of one built in Japan and one built in the United Kingdom. In 1923, Kisha Seizō of Japan built four steam railcars for Sentetsu, which were a small tank steam locomotive with a 2-2-0 wheel arrangement built onto one end of a passenger carriage. Intended for use for commuter trains on the Gyeongin Line, the railcar pulled two passenger cars in active service. However, performance was far from satisfactory, with many complaints about excessive vibration being received; as a result, in 1924, after a year in service, one was scrapped, the remaining three were converted to 2-2-0 tank locomotives by removing the integrated passenger compartment. A second one was scrapped in 1927; these two remained in service until at least 1940. Despite the poor experience with the first steam railcars, Sentetsu imported two geared steam railcars from Sentinel-Cammell in England in 1929.

These had a vertical boiler generating superheated steam of 21.0 kgf/cm2 pressure, which fed a single, horizontally mounted, 6-cylinder engine producing 30 hp, had a lightweight body integrated with the underframe. These steam railcars proved helpful in designing Sentetsu's first petrol-powered railcars. Both units remained in service until at least 1940, but their subsequent fate is unknown

Sebastian Steinberg

Sebastian Steinberg is an American bass player, best known for his work in the band Soul Coughing. Steinberg played with Soul Coughing throughout the band's entire history, from 1992 to 2000. In 2001, Steinberg performed on stage with Neil Finn and Tim Finn, Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway and others in a series of concerts recorded on a DVD titled "7 Worlds Collide", he recorded and performed with guitarist Marc Ribot and appeared on William Shatner's 2004 album Has Been. Steinberg performed on the Dixie Chicks' 2006 Accidents and Accusations tour, toured with k.d. lang during the summer of 2007. Steinberg performed with Vanessa Carlton on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno October 11, 2007. In 2009, he appeared again with Neil Finn and friends for the second installment of 7 Worlds Collide playing alongside members of Radiohead and Wilco. Steinberg made a brief appearance in the 2009 film Funny People, as the bassist in a band that Adam Sandler's character, a movie star, hired to jam with him.

Steinberg works as playing electric bass and double bass on numerous albums. He contributed the bass tracks to the 2012 Fiona Apple album, The Idler Wheel... and he toured with Fiona Apple as part of her backing band in 2012. In 2014, Steinberg played bass supporting guitar virtuoso and producer Blake Mills, a tour where Fiona Apple made sporadic appearances, to promote Mills' second full-length, "Heigh Ho." Steinberg has been a regular performer with the Watkins Family Hour, the band released their debut album in July 2015. Steinberg has most worked with singer songwriter J. S. Ondara and has toured as a bassist for Wine. Steinberg was born in New York City and grew up in Newton, son of musicologist Michael Steinberg and fabric artist Jane Steinberg

Mark Johnson (producer)

Mark Johnson is an American film and television producer. Johnson won the Best Picture Academy Award for producing the 1988 drama movie Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise; the film, winner of four Oscars captured a Golden Globe for Best Picture. Johnson was born in Washington, D. C. the son of Dorothy, a realtor, Emery Johnson, who worked in the air cargo business. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1971. Johnson first became involved in show business in 1965, as an actor playing the sheriff's deputy in the Spanish "spaghetti western" Brandy, directed by Jose Luis Borau, he spent ten years of his youth in Spain, where he worked as a movie extra in films such as Franklin Schaffner's Nicholas and Alexandra and David Lean's Dr. Zhivago, his early experiences led to small acting roles in the European western Ride and Kill and the 1964 drama The Thin Red Line. After earning an undergraduate degree in Drama from the University of Virginia and an MA in Film Scholarship from the University of Iowa, Johnson moved to New York.

There he entered the Director's Guild training program. One of his first projects was Greenwich Village. Johnson relocated to Los Angeles and worked as an assistant director on such projects as Movie Movie, The Brink's Job, Escape from Alcatraz and Mel Brooks's High Anxiety, co-written by future business partner Barry Levinson; as part of Baltimore Pictures, his partnership with Levinson, Johnson produced all of the writer-director's films from 1982–1994. In addition to Rain Man, their diverse slate of features includes Good Morning, The Natural, Tin Men, Young Sherlock Holmes, Avalon and Bugsy, nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Bugsy captured a Best Picture Golden Globe Award. In 1994, Johnson established his own independent production company, Gran Via Productions, won the Los Angeles Film Critics New Generation Award for his first effort. Under his new banner, Johnson produced the comedy Home Fries, starring Drew Barrymore, the dramatic thriller Donnie Brasco, starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

He served as executive producer for CBS-TV's L. A. Doctors and Falcone, for the hit drama The Guardian. Johnson's recent slate of motion pictures includes The Alamo and The Rookie, both directed by John Lee Hancock. In recent years, Johnson produced Nick Cassavetes's drama The Notebook, The Wendell Baker Story, which marked the directorial debuts of brothers Luke and Andrew Wilson, How to Eat Fried Worms. Johnson has either presented or executive produced Luis Llosa's directorial debut, Tim Robbins's directorial debut, Bob Roberts, Steven Soderbergh's Kafka, Robert Redford's Oscar-nominated Quiz Show and Journey of Hope, winner of the 1999 Foreign Language Academy Award. Recent projects include The Hunting Party, starring Richard Gere, Lake City, starring Sissy Spacek, the critically acclaimed debut of director Lance Hammer, My Sister's Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin and Abigail Breslin, he is working with Guillermo del Toro to produce the movie adaption of David Moody's novel Hater.

In 2005, Johnson produced The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, directed by Andrew Adamson and starring Tilda Swinton. The film was nominated for three BAFTAs, winning one of each. In 2008 he produced Prince Caspian; the third film in the Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, directed by Michael Apted, was released December 10, 2010. Johnson has three feature films due for release in 2012, he produced 2015's thriller Secret in Their Eyes. Johnson was an executive producer on AMC's Emmy Award-winning series Breaking Bad, he is an executive producer on the Sundance Channel original series Rectify, AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul. Johnson is a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All films, he was producer. Second unit director or assistant directorAs an actorMiscellaneous crewThanks Mark Johnson Biography – Yahoo Movies Mark Johnson on IMDb