Category: Security

Security
2011 December Your Security Web

 The days when an apartment building's 'security system' consisted of a tricky  front door lock and the landlord's ill-tempered dog are long past. Today,  security measures range from old-style deadbolts to high-tech biometric  screening e…

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2011 December Information is Everything

 Your co-op or condo unit houses more than your material possessions. The  management office also typically contains detailed information about you—including your social security number, credit card number, emergency  information, phone nu…

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2011 December Staying Secure

 Recent nationwide crime statistics show that New York City and its outlying  suburbs has become one of the safest cities of its size in the past 15 years.  Nevertheless, in a sprawling metropolitan area encompassing New York and New  Jers…

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2011 December True Crime

 A few years ago, when I lived in the East Village—in a one-bedroom, fifth-floor walk-up—I had a creepy experience when the cable guy came to hook up our service. He arrived in a beat-up windowless van that looked like it had been boosted …

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2010 December Crime Happens

 Security systems are not just for homeowners in a suburban setting. With  advances in wireless technology, security and life safety systems, the features  found in the newest systems are a great appliance add-on to condo or co-op  apartme…

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2010 December Fees Under Fire

 A proposal to ban federal lenders from purchasing loans in co-ops that use flip  tax fees or condos with deed-based transfer fees has housing community leaders  worried the ruling would lead to diminished operating budgets and severely  d…

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2010 December Where There's Smoke

 These days SoHo is populated by fancy eateries, high-end boutiques, the Apple  store, and of course, the art galleries. On the weekends, the streets are  packed with shoppers and tourists. This neighborhood is characteristic of  several a…

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2010 December Keeping it All Inside

New legislation and a push by the city fathers to make New York City buildings more energy-efficient has thrown the gauntlet down for New Yorkers to also become more energy-conscious. Wouldn’t it be great if residents decided to take th…

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2010 December Be Prepared

Security is a big issue no matter where you live, but in a sprawling urban environment like New York City, it's toward the top of residents' list of concerns. For co-ops and condos, addressing this means not only providing residents a …

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2010 December Get Out and Be Safe

Just this past September, a tornado hit Park Slope, Central Brooklyn and parts of Queens, doing substantial damage in a few short minutes. It left people in other parts of the city wondering, “Could it happen here?” But the tornado—and …

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