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Read This Before Switching to LED Lights (NY)

“If your building’s average savings are too high, then you’ll get no money from Con Ed to help pay for the cost of a building-wide upgrade,” says Justin Gillen, founder of a company called Retrofit and Relamp With LEDs, which

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The Latest in Green Roofs: Farm-to-Condo

Green roofs have many well documented benefits. They can make a co-op or condo building more attractive to potential buyers. They can turn a tar-paper desert into a welcoming oasis. And in the bargain they protect the roof membrane, absorb

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Upper East Side condo to sue Equinox gym over noisy weights, workouts (NY)

An Equinox gym in a tony Upper East Side condo building might soon be sweating over residents’ complaints about noisy weights.  This Equinox outpost, located in the bottom three floors of the ritzy Barbizon 63 tower on E. 63rd St.

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Trump Tower Condo Owner Fined $1,000 for Listing Apartment on Airbnb (NY)

A woman accused of illegally listing her Trump Tower pad on Airbnb could pay as much as $1,000 for violating city and state laws regulating apartment rentals, officials said.  Yelena Yelagina was slapped with a civil summons when the city

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Spring Valley lifts religious prohibitions on condo complex (NY)

The village has agreed Park View Condominiums has a constitutional right to have a synagogue and other ritual uses at the 61-home complex on Main Street and Maple Avenue, which may lead to the dismissal of pending building violations, village

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Senate bill would give 421a to far more condo developers

A budget proposal from the New York State Senate would greatly increase the number of tax exempt condominium projects in the outerboroughs, confirming the fears of Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials that such developments could creep back

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Police called to restore order as Amherst golf cart path dispute gets nastier (NY)

That dispute over a golf cart path in East Amherst is going from heated to down right nasty.  Amherst police were called Monday night to restore order during a meeting of the homeowners’ association.  Between 20 and 30 residents attended

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Welcome, Airbnb Guest! Your Neighbors are the Trumps

The apartment has spacious windows, a sleek kitchen and expansive views of Manhattan. It boasts a prime location close to Central Park and Rockefeller Center and promises all the excitement of a luxury apartment in Midtown Manhattan.  And it was

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Mount Kisco Condo Complex’s Development Team Sued Over Handicap Access (NY)

The developer, architectural firm and construction company behind the Sutton Manor condominium complex are being sued by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for allegedly failing to provide access for handicapped people.   Read the article………….

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The Brawl Over Airbnb Is Back On

New ad campaign urges New Yorkers to “say something” about illegal sublets.  Last week, Argo Real Estate convened a panel in an upper Broadway hotel to discuss the ways co-op and condo board can defend themselves against illegal short-term sublets.

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10 people displaced after New Paltz fire at condo complex, authorities say (NY)

Ten people were displaced, and three pets were rescued following a kitchen fire that started on an electric stove Saturday night at the Meadowbrook Circle condominium complex, authorities said.  The New Paltz Fire Department said in a press release that

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A Win for Co-ops and Condos (and Landlords) on Water Credits (NY)

Co-ops and condos are at a notorious disadvantage to small homeowners when it comes to paying property taxes. But not when it comes to paying water bills. In a rebuke to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Appellate Division of the

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Condo board sues VE Equities, Elliman over alleged defects at 250 Bowery (NY)

The condominium board at 250 Bowery filed a lawsuit against developer VE Equities, Morris Adjmi Architects and Douglas Elliman for allegedly selling them shoddy apartments.  In a complaint filed with New York State Supreme Court Thursday, the board alleges that

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Woodlands set for new water, sewer (NY)

A state Health Department official Tuesday night encouraged the Hornellsville Town Board to allow the town to take dedication of a brand new water and sewer system in the former Green Acres Trailer Park.  Board members, most of whom seemed

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Manhattan man suing noisy neighbor for screaming profanities in West Village co-op building (NY)

A noisy downstairs neighbor has been an ongoing nuisance to a newcomer in a West Village co-op — banging a broomstick or cane on his ceiling and screaming profanities “at the top of his lungs,” a new lawsuit alleges.  

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Anti-Airbnb law claims its first casualties (NY)

A Manhattan landlord and a former Corcoran realtor are the first casualties of a newly enforceable law meant to curb illegal Airbnb listings, The Post has learned.  Property owner Hank Freid — who was once crowned one of NYC’s “Worst

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Calculating a Cover Charge (NY)

Courts rule that co-ops and condos are entitled to fees for granting building access.  Construction workers at the building next door to your co-op want to gain access to your property. In the past, if you did not come to

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Is the Co-op Liable if Children Get Hurt in Common Areas? (NY)

Q. Children who live in my co-op building in Yorkville, Manhattan, sometimes play in the common areas. They run up and down stairs and play ball in the outdoor entry area, at times without adult supervision. Do these activities pose

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The wade is over! City to fix overflowing private sewers in Sheepshead Bay (NY)

The city will replace overflowing old sewers in a “private” section of Sheepshead Bay — even though it is not required to do so — to prevent future flooding.  Private sewer pipes connect dozens of houses in the neighborhood’s so-called

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Centerport Condo Complex Collapses From Relentless Blaze (NY)

The nor’easter’s strong winds forced firefighters to spend several hours battling a relentless blaze at a Centerport condo complex Tuesday morning.  According to fire officials, about 100 Centerport firefighters responded to a fire in the Bull Calf Landing Townhouse Complex,

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Nor’easter Winds, Gas Fuel Condo Fire on Long Island (NY)

Flames tore through a condominium complex on Long Island Tuesday morning, collapsing a building and forcing residents out onto the street as nor’easter winds fueled the blaze.  No one was reported injured in the overnight inferno, which started around 1

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Parkchester South Condo settlement reached (NY)

Following a lengthy legal battle, a settlement has been reached with Parkchester South Condominium management over its ‘draconian’ maintenance fee increase.  On Thursday, January 5, Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda announced a resolution to the months-long battle

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South Salem condo residents deal with undrinkable water (NY)

There is concern in a northern Westchester community after they received a notice from the County Health Department warning residents not to drink their water.  The warning arrived at the Oakridge Condo’s in South Salem last month.  Shirley Wishnie, a

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Court Ruling Gives Condo Boards the Power to Evict (NY)

In a major victory for condominium boards, the state’s highest court has ruled unanimously that a Manhattan condo unit-owner who refused to pay his common charges since 2007 can be evicted from his apartment, The New York Law Journal reports.

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Water Contamination Concerns at Condo Complex in Lewisboro (NY)

There is confusion over water contamination in one Westchester County town.  “It used to look funny and it used to smell funny, but then it was okay, but then it would smell funny again and it would look funny again,”

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A Condo Owners’ Bill of Rights Is on the Table

Two state legislators from the Bronx have introduced a Bill of Rights for condominium unit-owners in the state legislature that’s designed to heighten the transparency of condo board operations. The proposed legislation was inspired by a nasty legal battle over

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Condo complex catches fire in Valley Cottage (NY)

Residents were forced to flee their homes after flames broke out at a condo complex in Rockland County.  First responders say the fire sparked near a sliding glass door on an upstairs balcony at the Mountain View Condos in Valley

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The Kindness of Strangers (NY)

With lone elevator out of service, neighbors come to the aid of stranded Queens seniors.  There are many ways for co-op and condo boards to minimize inconvenience when an elevator in a multi-elevator building has to be shut down for

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Condo owners, residents reach fee hike settlement

After months of legal battles surrounding a maintenance fee hike at the Parkchester South Condominiums, the board and residents have reached a settlement.  In February 2016, the building managers raised the monthly maintenance fee nearly 16 percent to help with

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Macklowe sued over alleged defects at 150 E. 72nd St. (NY)

Residents of Harry Macklowe’s condo conversion at 150 East 72nd Street are very unhappy with their purchases — they’re taking the notoriously litigious developer to court over alleged construction defects and what they’ve said is a woefully inadequate building reserve

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Holbrook condo residents displaced by fire, Suffolk cops say (NY)

Residents of a Holbrook condo complex were displaced early Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 when the building caught fire. Residents were displaced from two apartments that were damaged in the fire and the occupants of another six units were also forced

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Firefighters Battle Blaze At Briarcliff Manor Condo Complex (NY)

All hands were on deck in Briarcliff Manor late on Wednesday afternoon, as firefighters rushed to battle a blaze in a condominium complex.  At approximately 4 p.m., firefighters responded to the Kemeys Cove condominiums in Briarcliff Manor, as a fire

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Residents evacuated after fire sparks at Ossining condo complex (NY)

Residents were evacuated from their homes Wednesday after a fast-moving fire sparked at a condo complex in Ossining.   Read the article………….

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Trump Tower condos are now touting the U.S. Secret Service as a ‘new amenity’

Residents of Trump Tower have access to the usual list of luxury building amenities, including a full-time doorman, valet, and maid service. Only, tenets now have access to an amenity even some of the poshest buildings in the country can’t

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Sleazy treasurer left Westchester Trump Tower a financial mess: suit (NY)

The other Trump Tower — in White Plains — is in financial trouble after the condominium discovered its longtime treasurer had been allegedly stealing cash for years, according to a lawsuit filing.  Frank Palazzolo, a real estate investor who was

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One in Five Condo Units Are Sold to Investors (NY)

There’s a long list of reasons why many co-op and condo boards frown on excessive sublets in their buildings. The reasons range from the physical wear-and-tear of people constantly moving in and out, to illegal sublets, to shareholders’ difficulty refinancing

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Trump Name Removed From Manhattan Condo Complex

Gold capital letters spelling the president-elect’s last name were removed from a high-rise condominium complex in Manhattan Wednesday after hundreds of people signed a petition to have the building drop the moniker.  Crews were seen removing the gold-blazoned name on

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Manhattan condo board attempting to force 9/11 museum to move entrance loses first round in court

A luxury condominium trying to force the 9/11 Tribute Center to move the entrance of its new museum to a side door lost its first round in court Monday.  Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings said construction can continue for

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Condo board at 88 Greenwich moves to stop 9/11 Tribute Center (NY)

The condo board at 88 Greenwich Street has filed suit against Thor Equities and the September 11th Families’ Association over a plan to bring the 9/11 Tribute Center to the building’s retail space.  The managers filed suit Thursday in New

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High-end condo residents sue over frigid temperatures, mold (NY)

Residents at a pricey Brooklyn condo building claim the developer is refusing to fix their drafty, leaking units — forcing them to wear hats and coats indoors while battling black mold, a lawsuit charges.  The six-floor, six-unit building at 48

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Condo Residents Locked Out of Their Own Parking Lot (NY)

All was not smooth sailing at the Sailmaker at City Island, a 34-unit, waterside condominium in the Bronx. Hurricane Sandy had lashed its 40-slip marina’s seawall, boathouse, docks, gangways and bridges. When the waters receded, the board belatedly discovered that

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Heroic Board Member Helps Rescue Distressed Bronx Co-op

Evelyn Gaviria had known for years that her 34-unit HDFC co-op in the Bronx was in financial trouble. But when she learned that the co-op was facing foreclosure, she decided to become a board member and fight to save her

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Why Are There Plastic Bags Around Crane Pond? (NY)

What are those large plastic bags around Crane Pond? We asked Assistant Village Manager Ingrid Richards for an update on this capitol improvement project in Crane Berkley and here is what she shared.  It turns out the pond and surrounding

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New Flood Zones Could Slash Insurance Premiums (NY)

Federal officials, responding to an appeal from Mayor Bill de Blasio, have agreed to redraw the city’s flood maps, which is likely to reduce or eliminate insurance premiums for thousands of buildings currently in flood zones, Crain’s reports.    Read

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A New Day at the Newport

When Carrie Feng moved into the Newport cooperative in Flushing, Queens, in 2004, she thought she had found the perfect home. For Feng, who had been renting in the area for several years after immigrating from China, the location was

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Trump had injured condo worker wait 9 years to collect payout (NY)

A 51-year-old brass polisher badly hurt in 2007 while working at a Trump condo on Manhattan’s East Side had to wait nine years to collect a payout for his injuries because the billionaire developer’s company waited too long to inform

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The Princely Payoff of Preventive Maintenance

The buildings were unique for being a high-density rental community in what was then considered the suburbs. In the 1980s, five of the six-story buildings converted to a single 120-unit cooperative; the other nine buildings, with two different owners, remain

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Manhattan designer says $800 fine for hanging peace sign in condo window is unconstitutional (NY)

Give peace another chance.  A Manhattan designer fined $800 by the city for hanging an illuminated peace sign in her window once again argued the regulation is unconstitutional.  Brigitte Vosse, 61, was hit with the hefty fine for placing the

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Owners of affordable Rockaway condos sue developer, architect for $210M (NY)

Owners of condominium units at a Rockaway apartment building are suing developer Briarwood Organization and AIA Architects for a combined $210 million over alleged construction defects.  Water’s Edge in Arverne, completed in 2009, is a city-financed condo development for low-

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Ira Glass’ filthy bedbug- and rodent-infested condo is making his neighbors’ ‘American Life’ miserable

Here’s something Ira Glass won’t be talking about.  The radio host is being sued by his condo board over an infestation of bedbugs in his Chelsea home.  The board of managers at the stable-turned-luxury apartment complex say the “This American

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