2003 Sep
Focus on... Energy Consevation

Energy Conservation
2003 Sep Squeeze Your Own Juice

During the recent citywide blackout, most everyone found themselves somewhere in the dark, and the city's co-ops and condos were no exception. The 24-hour crisis left nearly everyone in New York's five boroughs (and much of the Northeast) …

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Energy Conservation
2003 Sep Lessons From the Blackout of 2003

On Thursday, August 14, 2003, New York City experienced a blackout of major proportions, part of an event that affected eight states and part of Canada as well. The Cooperative Coalition to Prevent Blackouts (CCPB), and the Federation of N…

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Energy Conservation
2003 Sep Winterizing Your Building

Winter is the harshest season when it comes to wear-and-tear on residential buildings. Not only does ice collect in cracks and spaces between bricks and masonry, contributing to façade deterioration, but salt also erodes surfaces, boile…

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Board Operations
2003 Sep Stoking the Fires

In a few months, the hot summer weather will be just a distant memory, and all that time spent trying to get cool will be behind us. Instead, co-op and condo residents will be turning up the thermostat for some soothing warmth. Now is the …

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Maintenance
2003 Sep Preventative Maintenance Schedule

Daily: Check water level Check oil level and make note of level {if gas, read gas meter}. Determine daily consumption Check oil level in compressor {#4 and #6 oil burners} Check water temperature and oil pressure ga…

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Energy Conservation
2003 Sep Keep the Juices Flowing

When the co-op board of 31 Jane Street in New York City decided to upgrade their building's windows, the directors decided to purchase window glass that came with an Energy Star rating. "Initially we were going to pay for the window projec…

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Law & Legislation
2003 Sep Getting The Lead Out

1960: New York City becomes the first municipality in the country to ban sale of lead paint. Nationwide restrictions on the manufacture and use of lead-based paint did not come into effect until 1978. 1982: Local Law 1 of 1982 - New …

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Design
2003 Sep Houseplant Husbandry

Still a few paychecks shy of that country cottage? Cubicles got you down? If that's the case, you might consider bringing a little whiff of the outdoors inside with some lush, green houseplants. "But wait," you say. "I can't keep a m…

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Design
2003 Sep Die Hard

Still convinced you've got plant-killing "black thumbs?" No problem. The following is a list of plants you'd need a stake through the heart to destroy. Go ahead - do your worst. With these troopers you'll finally get the satisfaction of…

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Organizations
2003 Sep The Green Guerillas

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "The earth laughs in flowers." If that's the case, then the Green Guerillas are grinning from ear to ear. While some outreach programs spend a lot of their time working phones and crunching numbers to get wo…

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Energy Conservation
2003 Sep Bracing for the Cold

Last winter's frigid temperatures shocked many city dwellers accustomed to the mild temperatures that have been the new norm in New York for several years. New Yorkers donned down coats, insulated boots, and thermal underwear, and millions…

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Law & Legislation
2003 Sep Sidewalk Liability

Property owners will now be responsible for the maintenance and repair of public sidewalks in front of their buildings following passage of legislation that transfers liability from the city to the owners of multi-family dwellings. Ma…

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Energy Conservation
2003 Sep One Man's Trash...Is Still Trash

Two hundred years ago, a visitor to New York City remarked that the teeming sprawl was a "nasal disaster, where some streets smell like bad eggs dissolved in ammonia." While few would suggest that the city reeks today quite like it d…

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