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Monday, July 15, 2019

#PeachyPicks #BatteryGardens #Summer2019 by #PaulNicaj #AlexMiljkovic #ChefMauroLujan #PeachyDeegan @ManhattanPeachy #Waterfront #Dining #Manhattan

Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, a signature selection since 2004
The newest item on the menu: Pan-Seared Sea Scallops
Paul and Peachy!
 It's not who you know, and it never has been.
It's WHOM YOU KNOW, and we know Battery Gardens Owner Paul Nicaj, above, one of the best restaurateurs in the business and master of hospitality.  We are honored it has been a Peachy's Pick since 2013 and we were thrilled to recently return; it had been far too long.  It previously was featured:
It is the only place in town where you can dine with the Statue of Liberty.   Literally.
It is at the southernmost tip of Manhattan and if you went any further south, you would be in the water.   
Alex and Mauro!
They have one of the best if not the best event spaces and 75% of their profit success is derived from catering, led by Alex Miljkovic, Director of Catering/Marketing whom we were delighted to meet.  An equal amount of events are either corporate or weddings/personal.
 There are very few venues in Manhattan at all, nevermind on just the list we highly recommend, that are as gorgeous and picturesque as Battery Gardens, and they achieve high culinary marks as well: they are more than just a pretty face.  Executive Chef Mauro Lujan was new to us although he actually started here in 2001 he tells Peachy Deegan.  He was the Sous Chef under the previous Executive Chef and Mauro hails from Mexico and came to the USA in 1999.
Everything is exactly this beautiful and as you know, pictures are never edited: 
 When you arrive at your table, you'll encounter perfection from the bread and butter to the water customized in its own bottle and particularly appreciated in 90-degree weather.  You'll meet Tarek Ahmed, one of the most jovial servers around with the best smile who genuinely takes pride in his vocation, and Toma Ivezic, who is equally exemplary.
Of course we love the Irish American sentiment at the bar: 
 We love to capitalize on the opportunity to become more crabby in an edible fashion!
Made fresh daily is the Tomato Seafood Soup, crafted with shrimp and crab meat that will wow you tremendously.  Served hot in temperature and medium spicy, this amalgamation of spiraled shrimp, crab meat, green peppers and onions make this a new summer favorite that we look forward to meeting again. 
 The appetizers are beyond fabulous.  Above, the Braised Octopus Salad dictates that they still know how to make the perfect tender octopus, sourced from Spain.  Joined by roasted fingerling potatoes, frisee and seared tomatoes, this is a burst of summer on your palate.  The quintessential classic of Chilled Jumbo Shrimp is another culinary triumph.  Five Jumbo Shrimp line up at your attention and are joined by Cocktail and Marie Rose (mayo and chili sauce) in ultimate freshness.  The family friendly atmosphere at Battery Gardens is most welcoming and not as common as you would think in Manhattan.  The tables are spacious and in terms of events, they told us they're doing an upcoming party for 1,000 indoor and outdoor.
Even the lemon has its pinkie out: 
 Of course we like fine dining, but we also like pizza.
Battery Gardens philosophically mirrors us with five pizzas we count on the menu.
Spinach and Artichoke jumped off the menu at us and from the perfectly baked crust to the terrific flavor of the baby spinach, artichoke hearts, ricotta cheese and shredded mozzarella, it is a total winner.  
 When your dinner arrives in front of you, you will think it is as beautiful as a masterpiece on the wall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Though we love the Met, we can't eat it, so this deserves your full attention.  The Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, above, dictates that life is indeed beautiful.  We love the parallel green beens and mushroom, and of course the leader here is the Sea Bass, which is a great example of their continental Asian fusion menu.  The aroma is sensational and it's obvious why one would want to make a deal-business or personal-over a dish like this; this dish is Paul Nicaj's favorite and he suggested we try it.  This is the oldest menu item.
The newest menu item in contrast is the Pan Seared Sea Scallops, which made its debut three months ago.  It's Chef Mauro's favorite and he suggested this hot number.  A cornucopia of summer, the perfectly seared scallops are joined by chorizo, tomato salsa and sweet corn puree. 
Chef Mauro also suggested we try the Wood-Oven-Roasted Branzino, sourced from the Mediterranean.  A visual victory of a whole fish, the Branzino boasts tremendous flavor from that referenced roasting that is fabulous any time of year.  Joined by an array of heirloom carrots in brilliant color variation, this poisson gracefully rests among lemon potato and baby arugula salad to make your day.  Even you, Clint Eastwood.
The fish entree which Peachy had picked out and personally preferred is the Dover Sole Almondine, of course from Dover, England.  Its exemplification of elegance and stylish flavor dotted with almonds made this a fish you will absolutely covet.  It is most definitely the best Dover Sole we have had anywhere in 2019 and it would be a sin not to order it.
Peachy and Mauro!
Of course Cheeseburgers are popular so we had to check them out too; we loved it but we loved all of the fish more - but maybe get a cheeseburger to go so you can eat it at home during the next game you watch and remember how much you miss Battery Gardens.  The Sirloin Burger is no ordinary burger: it is majestic from the sirloin itself to the vermont cheddar cheese, maple pepper bacon and Challah Bun with Sesame Seeds-try it medium rare.  
The desserts are exemplary, as you might have imagined.
The lemon bar is an edible embodiment of the term refreshing, and best on a hot day.  Perched upon the lightest layer of graham cracker to add structure and flavor, the lemon bar is exquisitely delicate.  If you are a proud non-recovering chocoholic like Peachy, you will enjoy the Chocolate Trio, which is also shown sliced open so you can see the combination of white chocolate, dark chocolate and combination of 50/50 sweet semisweet.  Finally, if you love cheesecake, you will rejoice in the blueberry cheesecake with vanilla ice cream.
Peachy Picks Battery Gardens!

Battery Gardens continues to be Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.



Peachy and her Grammy
We love all that is Grammy: her and the Recording Academy!


The GRAMMY Museum® Grant Program announced today that $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 15 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. Research projects include work on musical anhedonia, musical training’s relationship to complex memories, and the relationship between cognitive function and singing accuracy. Preservation projects include the archiving of uncirculated John Hartford jam tapes, 960 audio reels of Cajun and zydeco artists, and 221 rare interview recordings with African-American actors, performers, composers, musicians, and scholars, among many other preservation projects.

"The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program to date has awarded more than $7.5 million to more than 400 grantees," said Michael Sticka, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. "The work we help fund includes an impressive array of projects that are at the forefront of exploring music's beneficial intersection with science, and that maintain our musical legacy for future generations. The initiatives announced today exemplify the Museum's mission to uphold music's value in our lives and shared culture."

Generously funded by the Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, in addition to research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. In 2008, the Grant Program expanded its categories to include assistance grants for individuals and small to mid-sized organizations to aid collections held by individuals and organizations that may not have access to the expertise needed to create a preservation plan. The assistance planning process, which may include inventorying and stabilizing a collection, articulates the steps to be taken to ultimately archive recorded sound materials for future generations.

The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry to the Grant Program is Oct. 15. Guidelines and the letter of inquiry form for the 2020 cycle will soon be available at

Scientific Research Grantees

Awarded: $20,000
Caroline Palmer, Signy Sheldon, and Rebecca Scheurich of McGill University will test people's memories for rich auditory detail in real-world events. Brain activity of musically trained and untrained individuals will be measured as they recall complex events. Findings will address the link between musical training, imagery, and autobiographical memory.

Awarded: $20,000
Music is a rewarding social activity across human cultures, but recent studies have identified a special population of people with musical anhedonia, who feel no reward in response to music. This project will identify the incidence and neural substrates of musical anhedonia, and test the relationship between musical reward sensitivity and difficulties with social bonding, which is characteristic in people with autism spectrum disorders.

University at Buffalo—Buffalo, New York
Awarded: $20,000
Recent studies have found correlations between singing accuracy and measures of general cognitive functioning: individuals' ability to form auditory images and auditory short‐term memory capacity. This project consists of two training studies designed to test whether there is an actual causal relationship: Can improved imagery and/or memory lead to more accurate singing, and can improved singing accuracy enhance imagery and/or memory capacity?

Preservation Assistance Grantees

The Kitchen Sisters Productions—San Francisco
Awarded: $5,000
The goal of this project is to create a plan to inventory, archive, preserve, and make publicly available the Kitchen Sisters Collection, which includes some 7,000 hours of recordings of nearly 40 years of interviews, oral histories, music and sound for the NPR series, podcasts, projects, and stories. Funds will be used to hire a professional to develop a catalog, plan for digitization, long-term storage, back-up, and accessibility.

Percussive Arts Society—Indianapolis
Awarded: $5,000
The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) plans to inventory and assess approximately 150 hours of music on 78s from the Edwin Gerhardt Marimba Xylophone Collection in preparation for its subsequent preservation, digitization and dissemination. Support will allow PAS to engage an expert to help inventory this extensive collection of recordings and prioritize items for preservation.

The House Foundation for the Arts, Inc—New York
Awarded: $5,000
As a steward of Meredith Monk’s legacy, the House will embark on the Lineage Project to preserve, enhance, and maintain the integrity of Monk’s artistic works and make such works available for the benefit of the public. The House will publish an online database cataloging 50-plus years of previously unavailable photographs, video, audio, and objects. This resource will act as a centralized location for her archive and support ongoing digitization and preservation efforts, providing students, artists, curators, and the general public access to this rich history.

Awarded: $5,000
This project will focus on the inventory and cataloging of nearly 1,500 recordings on 78-rpm discs from the Armenian-American diaspora. The locally produced records document the early history of Armenians in the United States. The collection represents the voices of musicians whose social, economic, and political status forced them out of their homeland. It was thus only in the emerging cosmopolitan American music scene that most of these artists were first able to be heard.

Bluegrass Country Foundation—Washington, D.C.
Awarded: $5,000
The Bluegrass Country Foundation will identify, index and preserve recordings of bluegrass music shows broadcast over the last 50 years at WAMU-FM in Washington, D.C. These include programs featuring rare and out-of-print recordings as well as interviews, concerts, and live studio performances.

Preservation Implementation

San Francisco Symphony—San Francisco
Awarded: $12,000
The San Francisco Symphony will transfer to a digital format 118 live recordings conducted by music director Michael Tilson Thomas, who will be stepping down from his post in 2020. This comprehensive digital collection will preserve the historic contributions Thomas made to the modern orchestral repertoire during his exceptional 25-year tenure with the San Francisco Symphony.

Awarded: $19,963
This project will digitize and catalog 573 cassettes of jam performances from the John Hartford audio collection. A hit songwriter and "newgrass" pioneer, Hartford obsessively documented his activities at the epicenter of Nashville's music scene. These unique and uncirculated recordings capture some of the most important bluegrass, country, and folk musicians of the late-20th century in rare and informal settings.

Awarded: $20,000
This project will digitize roughly 960 audio reels and corresponding materials—related to recordings of Cajun and zydeco artists—for preservation, rights research, and online access.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc.—Boston
Awarded: $11,518.50
The Boston Symphony Orchestra intends to transfer and preserve endangered audio from 282 DATs that correspond to 273 Boston Pops concerts held at Symphony Hall from 1992–2002. Project deliverables include preservation master files, access copies on CD for public use in the Archives Reading Room, MP3 files of the full concerts for internal and individually approved remote reference, and an Encoded Archival Description finding aid.

The City College of New York Libraries—New York
Awarded: $20,000
The City College of New York Libraries (CCNY Libraries) will digitize and preserve more than 221 rare interview recordings—conducted mainly between 1970 and 1974—with African-American actors, performers, composers, musicians and scholars. Digital copies will be preserved in CCNY's trusted digital repository and access copies will be made available onsite at the CCNY Archives & Special Collections as well as remotely accessible at CCNY and four partner institutions. 

Roulette Intermedium, Inc.—Brooklyn, New York
Awarded: $20,000
The Roulette Archive is an initiative to preserve, restore, digitize, and distribute 1,100 audio recordings on threatened PCM-F1 and DAT tapes recorded between 1986-2002. These quality recordings are part of a 4,000-plus historic collection capturing significant achievements in contemporary music dating back to 1980 and continuing to this day. The concerts took place in Roulette's loft venue in New York City during a fertile period of experimentation and discovery.

Tulane University—New Orleans
Awarded: $11,518.50
The Hogan Jazz Archive, part of Tulane University Special Collections, will digitize and preserve 25 unique recordings from Vernon Winslow, the first black disc jockey in New Orleans. The recordings offer a rare chance to hear 1940s and 1950s radio continuity, including local advertisements and conversations with local and itinerant musicians, and provide insight into the dawn of segregated radio in the city. Once digitized, they will be accessible to the public online. 

Established in 2008, the GRAMMY Museum® is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form – from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation®, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.

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