2010 March
Focus on... Exterior Maintenance

Exterior
2010 March Through the Looking Glass

 Doing a major window replacement or repair project in a building that’s home to hundreds of people isn’t easy. There are any number of scheduling and access considerations, and time  is obviously of the essence, as it’s impractical and un…

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Exterior
2010 March Exterior Artistry

On almost any given block in New York City, it’s easy to see how things have changed in architecture and construction over the decades. Historic buildings like the New York Public Library or Grand Central Station are noted for their ext…

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Exterior
2010 March A Glass Act

 There was a time when the buildings being built in New York City were largely  constructed of earthy materials—limestone, brownstone, brick, terra cotta—and glass really only figured into their design in the form of windows and  skylights…

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Exterior
2010 March Up in the Air

Walking on the sidewalks of New York can be tough; you need to maneuver through streams of pedestrians chatting away on their cell phones, many walking right at you from the opposite direction, and you need to be focused on what’s in fr…

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Real Estate Trends
2010 March It's Expo Time

Spring has officially sprung, and with it comes The Cooperator's 23rd annual Co-op & Condo Expo. This year's show will be presented on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas at 53…

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Exterior
2010 March Pardon Our Mess

Time was, when you had a big construction or renovation job, you hired a general contractor, and if the job was big enough, that contractor hired subcontractors. But in recent decades, a new player has entered into the process…

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Board Operations
2010 March Responding to Residents

 We all have needs. Wants, too. In a co-op or condominium, the significant needs  or wants of the shareholders and unit owners usually have to be routed through  the board or management company.    In theory—and, by and large, in pr…

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Organizations
2010 March A Concrete Solution

Concrete is the most prevalent building material in existence today, though most people probably don’t notice how widely used the material is until it begins to break up in front of their homes, or falls off of their buildings, roads an…

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Exterior
2010 March Give it Up for Lint

With the economy struggling and thousands of unemployed Americans looking high and low for work, you might wonder why anyone should care about something like dryer lint. Fair enough—but here’s why: According to the U.S. Fire A…

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Exterior
2010 March Greener, Greater Buildings

Energy efficiency and green improvements to existing buildings have often received less public attention and political play than “sexier” green initiatives such as renewable energy generation with solar panels and windmills or LEED-cert…

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Q&A
2010 March Q&A: A Board Member's Self-Interest

Q What do you do when a board/board member rejects you as a prospective buyer for self-serving gain? My husband and I were in contract on an apartment where we were paying in cash, had no mortgage, could easily pay the maintenance ev…

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Q&A
2010 March Q&A: Oh, The Pressure?

Q I'm having an ongoing problem with the water pressure in my co-op apartment and the board's response (or lack thereof) to it. I'm on the top floor of a 25-story building, and water pressure became an issue after I did a full bathr…

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