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Probation, not jail, for engineer who faked fatal building inspection report.

Appeals court rules that unit-owners are not responsible in a personal injury lawsuit.

Having a stake in the building might be the best criterion for board service.

How far can a co-op board go to keep the building secure?

How To Keep an Elevator Overhaul on the Up and Up

Written by Matthew Hall on June 10, 2016

Upper West Side

“Compassionate” financing was the key to success for one co-op.

The Social Room Goes Ka-Boom

Written by Paula Chin on May 20, 2016

Upper West Side

Community rooms in co-ops and condos are morphing from frumpy to fabulous.

Discrimination case ends with court ordering apartment sold for $12.5 million.

The century-old Belnord will be the neighborhood’s second priciest condo.

For president Eric Walsh and other members of the activist board at 252 West 85th Street, a 10-story co-op, it was a double play: by converting the building’s heating system from oil to gas, the board could not only save energy, it could also free up space, possibly for a gym or a meeting room.
For Peter Varsalona, a partner in RAND Engineering & Architecture, the relatively straightforward job of converting the heating system ended up as a waiting game with Con Ed. Approval by the utility for the conversion would be the culmination of a 16-month adventure to cut energy costs and add an amenity. “It takes a very long time for a building to get gas service in these conversions,” Varsalona says. “You pretty much have to do everything and then wait for Con Ed.” 

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