New York's Cooperative and Condominium Community

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Take a peek behind the facades of New York’s co-ops and condos to find out who's fixing things up, and how much it costs? Articles in this section cover dozens of individual projects in co-ops and condos all over New York City. Learn how NYC co-op/condo boards met the challenges of the fix-up, and how you can use their experiences to smooth out yours.

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The Future Condominium in Kips Bay has installed ultra-efficient rooftop exhaust fans, saving $24,000 in annual energy costs and lowering maintenance costs, while also participating in demand-response events to earn a check for $8,408.

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A luxury West End Avenue co-op is using an interest-free contractor payment plan to fund a nine-month, multimillion dollar riser replacement project, allowing the work to start immediately and stretching the monthly assessments nine months beyond the expected completion date.

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Seminole Owners Corporation is saving more than $40,000 a year in energy costs by replacing basic heating controls with wireless indoor heat sensors, which have reduced winter heating bills, cut emissions, and made apartments more comfortable.

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Waverly Mews is installing variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat recovery units to reduce winter heating bills by 80%, while also providing more climate control and more light into apartments, with the work expected to be completed before the end of the year.

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The Victoria co-op in Manhattan is installing a hybrid system of electric heat pumps and gas-fired boilers to reduce operating costs, minimize carbon emission penalties in 2030, and reduce the co-op's Local Law 97 emission penalties by up to 90%.

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Queensview Inc., a 726-unit co-op in Astoria, is saving up to $1 million on a $12 million facade and roof replacement project by consolidating the work, which will take two years to complete.

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A 100-unit prewar co-op in Crown Heights is undergoing extensive structural repairs due to deterioration, with a line of apartments needing to be demolished and rebuilt to restore structural integrity, while the board has set aside $25,000 to subsidize the rent for displaced shareholders.

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The co-op at 22 W. 26th St. in NoMad has installed a new three-cell cooling tower with efficiency controls and VFDs, which is expected to reduce operating costs by 30% and water use by 50%, while also improving the building's D energy efficiency grade.

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Fordham Hill Oval, a 1,130-unit co-op in the Bronx, is installing thousands of smart radiator covers to cut fines and save on energy costs, taking advantage of a no-money-down subscription payment model.

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671 Bronx River Road Inc., a 95-unit co-op in Yonkers, is rebuilding after a fire that destroyed 15 apartments and a portion of the roof, with a $19 million insurance settlement and a proceeds agreement with the contractor.

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