2008 Dec
Focus on... Safety & Security

Security
2008 Dec Building Doormen as Security

Jane Jacobs, the late, legendary urban planner whose grassroots activism prevented Robert Moses from turning Battery Park into a series of bridges, highways, and on-ramps, wrote at great length of the importance of well-used sidewalks …

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Security
2008 Dec Educating Residents to Save Lives and Property

Whether it affects a small portion of one unit or the entire association, a fire is easily one of the most devastating and destructive events that can happen in any multifamily building. New technology and current regulations have made …

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Security
2008 Dec Avoiding Toxins in Your Building

Some building hazards—things like cracked sidewalks, broken windows or crumbling masonry—are obvious to even an untrained eye, making it easy to conduct repairs and prevent further deterioration and potential injury. Other buil…

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Security
2008 Dec Look Out Below...and Above

Falling bricks. Rickety scaffolding. An errant nail and an unsuspecting foot. Things can go wrong during renovation and restoration projects no matter what the size and scale of the work at hand. Whether the job is tackling a new façade…

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Security
2008 Dec New Equipment for a Safer Community

Over the past two decades, New York City has become a safer place than it once was. But events in recent years, both at home and abroad, have made Americans more aware of security—how much they have, how much they’d like, and how much s…

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Security
2008 Dec Making it Safe, Secure, and User-Friendly

Of all the responsibilities that come with being a manager of a residential building, few are as important as ensuring the safety of your residents. “Safety is part of our job description,” says Bob Grant, director of Managemen…

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Security
2008 Dec A Room with a (Rotating) View

Buckminster Fuller, a thinker, inventor, artist, mathematician, (the list goes on,) once said, “People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.” Fuller, most famous f…

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Security
2008 Dec Hiring the Best for Your Building

So your condo or co-op’s management company is getting ready to hire a new service employee. It could be a doorman, it could be a maintenance man, it could be a swimming-pool supervisor. Is this a simple process, or a complicated one? A…

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Security
2008 Dec Turn Bad Times Into Good Times

To quote Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” but in this case, the reverse is true. When I started my design firm 26 years ago, the idea of a company specializing in designing common areas of…

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Security
2008 Dec Be Safe and Secure In Your Home

The expression “Better safe than sorry” is known by everyone. As apartment dwellers, it is important not to take advantage of the sense of security felt by having a doorman posted at the door or hallways lined with sprinklers and let ou…

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Security
2008 Dec Security Service Integration and Training is Key

Push aside old notions of ineffective security officers. The security officer of the future has arrived. Today’s security officer may be navigating tours on a Segway to patrol airports, transit stations, manufacturing facilities, apartm…

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Q&A
2008 Dec Q&A: Certain Dogs Banned from Co-op

Q Our co-op board issued a list of breeds of dogs they considered “aggressive,” which will no longer be permitted, other than those already grandfathered in. I can’t remember them all, but it must have been close to 30 breeds. They cla…

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2008 Dec Q&A: Additional Maintenance for Excessive Water Use

Q I live in a 47-unit building and many of my neighbors have two or three children living with either one or two parents in the one-bedroom apartments. I believe that those apartments should be paying additional maintenance to cover th…

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2008 Dec Q&A: Possibility of Proxy Duplication

Q Two weeks prior to our annual condo election, the unit owners receive their proxies in the mail. However, a board member, who was up for re-election, obtained a proxy from the managing agent two weeks earlier than all the unit owners. I…

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