[EPISODE] Battery Park City
Join me for a special journey to Battery Park City! My guests will be Rediscovering New York regular guest Joyce Gold, of Joyce Gold History Tours, and Bob Giraldi, longtime film, TV, and commercial art director who now owns and operates restaurants in Lower Manhattan including Gigino at Wagner Park.
Jeff introduces Joyce Gold who does history tours throughout New York City . Joyce talks about how she became interested and involved in taking people onto tours around the city. Jeff and Joyce talk about the difference between Battery Park and Battery Park City. They discuss Battery Park City’s beginnings and its connection to the World Trade Center. They talk about the Battery Park City Authority, as well as the financial history of building the area.
Joyce talks about what kind of tours she offers and how to learn more about them. Jeff and Joyce talk what the Battery Park City Authority wanted the area to look like and where the influences for the designs came from. They discuss developers involved in Battery Park City and the differences between it and Hudson Yards. They talk about interesting parks, memorials and museums located in Battery Park City.
Jeff introduces his second guest for the night Bob Giraldi. Bob discuss how he got into directing film and advertising. He talks about teaching young people how to direct films and the inspiration he gets from it. Jeff asks Bob about how he got involved in the restaurant business and Bob talks about the challenges yet joys of it.
Bob talks more about the restaurant business and how it ties into the real estate business. He talks about the early beginnings of his restaurant and about the beauty of having one in Wagner Park. He talks about seeing 9/11 from his restaurant. Jeff and Bob discuss the vibe of Battery Park City and what makes it a special place. Bob discusses his favorite dish at Gigino.