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Focus on... Exterior Maintenance

Exterior
2006 Apr Construction Laws

Sooner or later, your building will probably have to undergo an exterior maintenance, renovation or repair project—especially since Local Law 11 was passed in 1998, mandating periodic inspections of exterior walls of any building more …

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Exterior
2006 Apr Look Out Below

In a city known for its tall buildings, two kinds of structures loom almost as large as the buildings themselves—construction sheds (normally called a sidewalk shed) and scaffolds. Everyone has seen these familiar blue plywood platform…

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Exterior
2006 Apr Walking the Line

In a city that is made for walking, few stop to pause and look beneath their feet at the sidewalks that lead them uptown, downtown and crosstown. But these sidewalks—all 12,000 miles of them—form the arteries at the heart of New York. …

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Exterior
2006 Apr Squeaky Clean

New York City is a beautiful place, but let’s face facts—it gets pretty dirty. All the fumes from countless trucks and cars letting off exhaust leave a layer of grim on buildings so thick that in many cases, it’s impossible to know jus…

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Exterior
2006 Apr Access for All

The city can be a tough place to navigate even for the most able-bodied New Yorkers. For the elderly, those with disabilities, or anyone whose mobility has been compromised by illness or injury—even temporarily—getting into their own b…

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Exterior
2006 Apr Fix Up, Look Sharp

The inspections and repairs required by the city’s Local Law 11 are often viewed by buildings as a costly hassle, but they can also been seen as an opportunity to make necessary improvements to your building’s façade, and to keep the a…

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Neighborhoods
2006 Apr There's Something About Great Neck

The nine villages and several unincorporated communities that make up the city of Great Neck are steeped in history.  F. Scott Fitzgerald chose Great Neck as the setting for his famous novel, The Great Gatsby, and even though the area …

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Board Operations
2006 Apr Discussions in the Round

They say that two heads are better than one—but what about eight? It seems that when a group of people in the same line of work get together to discuss what they do and how they do it, they often come away with new information, fresh p…

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Organizations
2006 Apr The Building People

Anyone who has ever gazed at the Manhattan skyline knows how much architecture has shaped the heart of New York City. It’s no surprise then that the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA New York) has grown into…

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Q&A
2006 Apr Q&A: Ballooning Mortgages

Q My co-op has a balloon mortgage that will burst in approximately 5-6 years if not refinanced. We were told that the lender will not allow a refinancing for at least another year, if not longer, and has refused to do one for the past …

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Q&A
2006 Apr Q&A: Understanding the Bylaws

Q I have been an apartment owner in a Woodside cooperative since 1985. Presently,  we shareholders are faced with the problem of an overly controlling board.    I am looking for an explanation, in layman’s terms, of ARTICLE III, title…

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Q&A
2006 Apr Q&A: Added Access, Added Cost

Q At our recent annual meeting we were shocked to learn that a single shareholder had, without any discussion, filed a complaint with the NYC or NYS over the absence of a ramp or some other special equipment (lift or elevator, possibly)…

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Q&A
2006 Apr Q&A: Rental Issues in a Co-op

Q I am a rent-stabilized tenant in a co-op building. I was a tenant in the building before it became a co-op, and have had numerous problems with the owners. Currently at the top of my list is a discrepancy over my security depos…

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