Category: Security

Security
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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2010 December A Word to the Wise

There are some eight million people living in the five boroughs of New York. A sample size that big is bound to yield some bad apples. Most every New Yorker knows how to avoid the garden-variety, shady-looking miscreant on the street—th…

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2010 December Data Security

If they have a mind to, an unscrupulous person in possession of someone's personal information can cause a lot of damage. Their mischief can range from opening charge cards and other lines of credit, running up huge charges in the vict…

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2009 Dec Thoughts & Predicitions from Industry Pros

 For pretty much every business sector you can think of, 2009 was a roller  coaster of a year—and real estate was particularly hard-hit. Some industry professionals have  weathered the storm, while others have packed up and moved on from t…

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