Written by Adam Janos on September 19, 2018
Board at century-old building adopts new “community solar” model.
July 20, 2018
Upper Manhattan residents sickened by Legionella bacteria.
Written by Carol J. Ott on June 15, 2018
Two shareholders make a difference by getting "actively involved."
Written by Carol J. Ott on May 29, 2018
Board conquers “bad behavior,” deficits, and galloping energy costs.
Written by Carol J. Ott on May 11, 2018
Mark Hines and the rejuvenation of River Terrace.
Written by Paula Chin on May 08, 2018
The “overbuild” is an affordable solution for many older buildings.
Written by Paula Chin on December 29, 2017
A little-known pot of money helps a co-op switch from oil to gas.
Written by Paula Chin on December 15, 2017
Washington Heights co-op gets unique loan for oil-to-gas switch.
February 08, 2016
Lights! Camera! Action!
Angelina Jolie was in trouble. The apartment had just exploded, the windows blown out into the street. The movie megastar crept along the outside ledge of the building before sneaking into a neighboring apartment, then sprinting out through the lobby to safety on the street.
September 09, 2015
Usually, when the subject of carpets at co-ops comes up, it's regarding a noise complaint and the 80 percent carpet rule. But in this week's Ask Real Estate column in The New York Times, Ronda Kaysen fielded a different type of carpet-related question. Someone in Washington Heights asks, "Does New York City have any rules or regulations about shaking rugs out a window, or beating them in a courtyard? Could a co-op board object to the behavior?" Kaysen gets imput from Dov Treiman, a Manhattan real estate lawyer, who explains that the city has no laws about cleaning rugs. "But," he cautions, "if your co-op board decides that shareholders should not be slinging carpets out their windows, it might be able to adopt a rule banning the practice. It would depend on whether the building’s governing documents allow the board to change building rules. Check your proprietary lease and house rules to see if a restriction already exists." Kaysen does add some good neighborly advice, however. "You might irk neighbors living below you (or mingling in the courtyard) who would not appreciate a shower of dust raining down from above. So perhaps you should consider a less dusty alternative for your carpets, like steam cleaning," she writes. Remember, courtesy costs nothing and goes a long way to keeping the entire co-op community happy.
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