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Amalgamated Housing Co-op Meets a Chimney Challenge

Written by Bill Morris on February 04, 2021

The Bronx

Surprises are a part of every capital project, so boards must prepare.

For co-ops and condos eager to switch from oil to gas but stymied by the cost, Con Edison has just announced 16 new Area Growth Zones for 2016 with a sweet incentive — a no-cost connection opportunity from the street to your building. It's a continuation of the company's present program, and the time to sign up is now. In case you don't know, there are two main costs in a conversion project. One is the price of all work within your property line, such as gas piping, equipment, and chimney-liners, which are the building's responsibility. The cost for this work is typically referred to as the "internal conversion costs." 

... could an East Harlem co-op board be about the worst slumlord around, and corrupt as well? Another board on Park Avenue isn't smelling like roses, either, or gas. We've smoking, squirrels and squash — the vegetable, not the game — plus the latest in condo / co-op amenities. And for boards, we've got fallout from the Dakota co-op discrimination suit and more.

Governing documents will spell out this basic – and controversial – power.

As Construction Reboots, Rules Must Be Enforced

Written by Marianne Schaefer on June 17, 2020

Riverdale, The Bronx

Co-op and condo boards must address residents' safety – and anxieties.

Massive Elevator Job Under Way at Co-op City

Written by Marianne Schaefer on February 26, 2020

Baychester, The Bronx

Board decided to re-do all 160 elevators once, and re-do them right.

How one Bronx Co-op Is Fighting a DOB Violation

Written by Sue Treiman on February 05, 2020

Riverdale, The Bronx

Board claims its retaining walls do not fall under Local Law 37.

Riverdale Co-op Board Gets an Elevator Surprise

Written by Marianne Schaefer on December 11, 2019

Riverdale, The Bronx

Shaft walls, in danger of collapse, require emergency repairs.

Board bans visits from the 70-pound dog of a shareholder’s relative.

Cracking terraces on this high-rise co-op turned out to be an easy fix.

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