Your Super Can Make or Break a Capital Project

Written by Bill Morris on July 31, 2017

Murray Hill, Manhattan

A good working relationship between the super and the contractor is crucial.

“Nobody ever says, ‘There wasn’t a fire in the laundry room today!’”

The Unseen, Unsung Heroics of a Super

Written by Bill Morris on April 04, 2017

Murray Hill

“The unseen stuff a super does every day prevents catastrophes.”

There are ways to share the heavy lifting and avoid board burnout.

Summer’s here – and so are complaints about noisy co-op and condo playgrounds.

Co-op and condo boards can’t afford to ignore discriminatory outbursts.

Vetting pooches is no laughing matter for co-op boards


Most shareholders would like to assume that their neighbors are kind, compassionate people – or at least, not scary bigots who might go off without a moment's notice. Unfortunately, that's not always the case, and Ronda Kaysen's most recent Ask Real Estate column has one such story. A reader writes, "My partner was subjected to a lengthy homophobic tirade by another resident in the lobby of our co-op, observed by one of the building’s doormen. ...The doorman did nothing. In response to our formal complaint, the board said it has nothing to do with disputes between residents, unless a physical assault or other criminal action occurs." Kaysen's advice veers towards the practical, telling the shareholders to start a paper trail and to be prepared to escalate to the New York City Commission on Human Rights if the board continues not to act. 

A fire broke out early last week at a co-op on East 37th Street, leaving nearly a dozen people hurt. WABC Eyewitness News reported that the blaze "started with an unattended candle that had fallen from a table." Unattended candles, holiday decorations, heating equipment, and even deep fryers are all potential fire-starters in winter. Unfortunately for the people living in this Murray Hill co-op, a series of mistakes made a bad situation worse.

It's back to the drawing board for Rivergate Apartments' plan to build a retail building on top of a playground in Joseph Slifka Park. DNAinfo.com reports that the City Planning Commission will not give its approval until the developer reaches a compromise with residents. The original plan, which Rivergate owner UDR presented last month to members of Community Board 6, called for a 4,000-square-foot retail building as well as a renovation of the remaining green space, according to DNAinfo. New dog run and artificial turf field notwithstanding, some folks want the building to be smaller, while others don't want retail encroaching on what amounts to their backyard. The bottom line is that residents want a say in the final design, and it looks like they will make their voices heard at a public meeting with UDR on Jan. 7, 2015. New year, new proposal. 

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