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super is installing a large window unit ac for me as i type this.he had to get it down off a high shelf too. how much should i tip him? i have $38 in my wallet but I'm not sure it's enough.
$5-$10. Probably $10 if the moving work was very minimal. You don't need to tip so high in the future. But you will probably need his help again, and if you start the relationship strong ( I E you're friendly and a good tipper) the super will probably come when ever you call.
I just moved into a small apartment (rental) in Queens. Nothing fancy. The super isn't live in, but has been around a lot and is friendly. I will have cable installed soon and he offered to let the company into my apartment. How much do I tip him afterwards? I don't have that much money to spend, but I'm from overseas, so afraid that I'm rude not tipping enough. He also helped me shove a mattress in the elevator and I didn't have cash on me (I am still adjusting, I never have cash on me back home), so already feel a bit guilty not tipping him for that.
hello.. How can I add commercial listing to street easy
Find inspiration, troll.
For the most part, Streeteasy is private. There was that one example about the B_____n R____t a month or so back, and of course the Poll Tax issue.
It's all on the NYC ACRIS site as well (in fact, I believe SE sources the data from there). Cash and non-cash buyers alike, as these are public records, much in the way that deeds and recorded mortgages, liens, etc. are. It has never been different, except now you don't have to make a trip to the county records clerk. Sadly, the privacy ship sailed some time ago and we didn't notice, since we were too distracted by other shiny new internet data toys.
The new update makes finding recorded sales on StreetEasy easier, however we have always provided that information on our site. We are a real estate information website, and we provide data that helps people rent, sell, buy, and learn more about the real estate market.
it looks like streeteasy has updated its website so that building documents are available for everyone to easily access. while these documents are available to the public, i personally find it a bit invasive. if you want to know who lives in co-op X in building Y, and that person did not pay all cash, the records are all on streeteasy....
to be clear i'm not a broker, though i'm guessing that community may care for commercial reasons. i'm a private individual and i dont like the idea that somebody can access this information so easily.
What neighborhood is the contractor's prior work in?
for sure....never hire contractor without doing it.
Is it appropriate to ask a prospective contractor to see an example of his work in person? Thanks
Unless they've changed the features since I looked at it (2 yrs ago), the Nest (even with relays) won't be able to change the fan speeds automatically. It will just do on/off, at the speed you've set via the old switch on the a/c unit. Depending on how your building delivers the hot/cold water to the unit (2- vs 4-pipe), there's a risk that the Nest will get confused during your building's semi-annual switch between heating and cooling, and keep heating the place, even though you want it cooler -- you may have to shut it off on the days when you'd like it cooler, but the building is only delivering heat.
The cost was built into my overall renovation contract, so it's hard to estimate it's contribution -- I'd guess around $1000 (the Peco thermostats are about $250/each -- I've got 2). As I said above, it's a somewhat sub-optimal installation, mostly because I think the relays are too noisy.
Ultimately, for the convenience, the cost was hardly worth it. I run the unit from a wall thermostat rather than walking over to the unit. Big deal -- I'm able bodied enough to do it, and don't adjust things often enough for it to be an inconvenience. I'm also in a 60s building, and given my preference for cold rooms, and the minimally insulated construction, the a/c runs on low 24/7 once summer gets started (i.e., last week).
Aaron, thanks so much for the insight. It sounds like you ultimately ended up with the additional relays in the a/c so you could have utilized a Nest allowing for a wireless solution. Was the installation of the Relay particualrly cumbersome or costly? My purpose is far more for convenience.
I researched this during my renovation. My building has what is known as a '2-pipe system'. In the summer the pipes deliver cold water to the unit, and an electric fan blows air across the coils, in the winter, hot water. There is no local compressor or temperature control -- just a high/med/low/off rotary switch, which switches the 120v line current. The Nest is not directly compatible with this configuration, as it can't switch 120v -- only 12v, meant to operate a relay which switches the 120v. To use a Nest, you would have to install a relay, and would switch high/med/low settings from the existing switch on the unit. Peco (www.pecomanufacturing.com) makes a programmable unit which puts on/off fan speed control programming on a wall unit which is compatible with 2- and 4-pipe systems. Note that for best operation you have to run a bunch of 120v wiring to the thermostat location from the unit, which is a pain (conduit enclosed, etc.). Because of a communication screw-up during installation, I ended up with low-voltage wires to the PECO, with additional relays in the a/c unit. Not optimal, as the relays are noisy. Ultimately, I rarely use the programming, as the power draw by the motor is so low compared to a full a/c that the effect on the electric bill is minimal.
I live in a 60s co-op with central air / heat with under-window fan units whch are operated with 3 fan speed settings. AC Klem (the co-ops mandated preferred plumber) installed new Carrier units to replace the originals.
I wanted to install nest or some other kind of wireless thermostat system in addition but AC Klem weren't interested in this work. I thought this would be a relatively painless exercise. I have so far tried two "recommended" installers from the Nest website. Neither provider seems interested or at least I take it this way since neither have followed up after initial enquiries.
Has anyone gone down the path of installing thermostats to operate the fans?
Anyone have any recommendations of who could do the work?
the building is not a land lease right? what are the renting restrictions?
I've lived in the building for couple of years and am very happy. With respect to the comments above: (1) I'm unaware of any bedbug issues, (2) the raised floor (referenced in one of comments) can be removed (we did it), and (3) the 2 porters and live-in super quickly address any building issues brought to their attention.
A few other items, (1) there is additional storage for each unit in the basement (some with the option of having a storage cage built), (2) we have a small fitness room with a treadmill, exercise bike and elliptical machine, (3) although there's no doorman, the porters sign for your packages and keep them in the building office until you retrieve them, (4) the building is very close to the subway, and (5) the board is very quick and reasonable about giving permission to shareholders seeking to make renovations to their units.
The biggest downside is the maintenance, which I agree is a bit on the high side. Nevertheless, on the balance, it's worth every penny.
now that its 2015 and been some time since these posts would love and thoughts, updates, insight into the building if you bought here, rent or know someone- thanks!
The behavior displayed in that article is disgusting and childish. Personally, I wouldn't want to be part of such a community. Talk about counter-productive....
But aside from these most recent actions, I have viewed several apartments in this building. The one way I'd sum up the whole place, vibe and all: WEIRD. Some are nicely renovated, some have a livingroom that is spacious, but everything seems to be on a odd angle, or off in some way. Space seems to be cleverly used, but still, you are always reminded that this was not originally intended as a residential space. It definitely has an industrial feeling to it. That, on top of the high maintenance, makes this a pass.
Their building is getting to be known for all the wrong reasons. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the 1st floor entry windows get broken and/or some added tagging. Normally, I wouldn't condone such behavior, but in this instance, it couldn't happen to a nicer building.
Good thing they have high monthly maintenance costs, they're going to need it.
I'm not sure that "older" buildings that aren't prewar are going to be as constructed to abate noise as you desire (noise can also be somewhat subjective: there's a separate thread on this site about someone complaining about neighbor noise in the Parc Vendome, which is a prewar which has the construction of a fortress.) I might suggest a "newer" but not "new" development such as the Ariel East, but you're not going to get off cheap -- prices are going to be north of $1500/sf.
101 West 79th Street, The Park Belvedere is a great building across from the Museum of Natural History.
Also 372 Central Park West, 382 Central Park West are very reasonable priced condos, some with incredible views of Central Park. These are post war buildings.
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Isn't the Astor an older building? Isn't 61 W 62nd a co-op Dan Digs?
Thanks DanDigs. I'm probably more interested in the older buildings (not pre-war 'charm') as I'm willing to pay the 10-20% premium to co-ops for flexibility but not the 100-10000% premium on brand new buildings.
ganda, NYBits has a lot of good info on existing UWS condo buildings. Check it out: http://www.nybits.com/apartments/upper_west_side_condo_buildings.html
There are also several new condo developments/conversions being built right now -- 210 West 77th Street, The Chatsworth, The Astor, The Orleans and The Evelyn.
Digs Realty Group
Any updates on this building's board and the financials? Would any current residents say it's healthy?
Hallways, gym & roof deck have been redone. HVAC and brick pointing is coming up. Great bldg and board. The location is perfect if you want a balance between have every restaurant at your fingertips and having privacy while owning RE in Manhattan at a dissent price.
New board since summer of 2014, much better now.
Requires anywhere north of 18 months of liquid assets depending on your overall financial situation in my experience.
does anyone know what the financial requirements of this building are? do they require 24 months worth of mortgage/maintenance in liquid assets?
The hallways are in the process of being renovated. Carpet and walls are done. Lighting fixtures and other details to follow.
Miragefloors.com has wood flooring with a finish that has the look of oiled hardwood. It's their Duramatt finish. Their floors, selections are beautiful and wonderful quality.
I had these floors in a place I owned in London. They look beautiful but they are a lot of work. They must have polish applied and be buffed with a machine once every three months or so. This entails moving all furniture. The polish must be applied by hand with a rag and left for at least an hour, before being buffed to a shine. One of the pros is that the finish doesn't deteriorate over the years, as happens with shellac and the floor develop a beautiful patina over time, equal to the TLC it has received.
I don't have any actual experience with oiled floors but I will say that ANYTHING that requires a full furniture move and rug pull-up is gonna be a major pain. Just my random 2 cents.
I bought a new place several years ago with oiled floors. I had them sanded down and refinished. I did not like the feel of them on my feet.
I am shopping for new engineered wood flooring. My wife has taken an interest in oiled walnut. The fact that it needs maintenance (regular cleaning with oil floor cleaner and yearly oiling) gives me a bit of pause. It is a great look though. I was hoping people could share their experiences with oiled floors, the maintenance regimen and how they look over time.
Hi StreetEasy Users,
As you may have noticed, we have recently changed our Building Page design. The new Building Page design has been implemented to make Building Pages tidier, quicker on the uptake, and most importantly mobile and tablet friendly. Check out the new Building Page in your app! To learn more about the new design, please click on the following link to our blog where you will find a video showcasing the new updates - http://streeteasy.com/blog/updates-to-building-pages/.
If you are having trouble finding past listings, please refer to our FAQ article for further explanation on how to access past listings - https://support.streeteasy.com/hc/en-us/articles/204369269. If you have any further questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to Support@StreetEasy.com.
Also, we understand that old listings for townhouses do not appear and are currently working on this issue. Thank you for your patience!
Thank you for your input!
But not buildings or townhouse listings
Finally able to view old listings!
We have changed our Building Page layout, however all past listings are still accessible under the Past Sales or Past Rentals Tab. These are now found under the Building Facts section on a Building Page. Once you find the unit you are looking for, you can click on the blue unit number and will be taken to the past listing page.
To learn more about the new Building Page design, please click on the following link to our blog where you will find a video showcasing the new updates - http://streeteasy.com/blog/updates-to-building-pages/.
You used to be able to click through the Recent Sales tab and see the sale listings. Since I'm in a complex where apartments often get incorrectly listed in the wrong building (several street addresses all with the same apartment and line numbers), it was really helpful to be able to see the original listing. Anyone else miss this feature?
Jonathan Helfer of Katz and Matz
Hi, did you have a chance to ask your broker? They should be able to guide you in the right direction. Otherwise, I'd be happy to recommend someone to you.
I have used Michael, and his work is excellent, but I believe he is no longer practicing in NYC.
I think Susan is excellent, so it's hard to see a reason to switch. If you want to explore alternatives, I would recommend Michael Dym. See http://www.closingnyc.com/about.php
if your former lawyer was able to handle your previous purchase, and you liked her, you should just stick with her. there's not so much that is unique and/or difficult to a new development.
You will need an Engineer or an Architect to perform inspections and to issue letter of completion.
It will be hard to find someone at the end, Architects don't like to sign-off on projects they are not involved in.
Separate demo drawing? I guess this is not an apartment renovation. If it was filed weeks ago, it should show up on the system already.
I should add, since the permits had not yet been pulled, my understanding was that only the current approved application is in our old architect's name, but the actual permits will be transferred over to the name/insurance of the company who actually pulls them (in this case, our contractor). What the expeditor told us is that they said they needed 4 copies of our demo plan filed. So we had those plans filed (by architect #2), but that was weeks ago and they are still not showing up as filed when I look up the application online.
Why are the monthlies so high?
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Do not ruin the space by adding loft bedrooms. You will get 5 foot ceiling in the bedroom at best if you leave 6.5 foot lower floor making both areas somewhat useless.
Hi. We are architects and engineers and are currently working on 3 loft conversions which we would happily show you. Please feel free to contact me: Andres. www.agenciegroup.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm in the same boat. Not sure how much it would cost but if you find out let me know..lol
has anyone done a loft conversion of a loft with 12 foot ceilings?
I have seen it done ( with 2 lofted bedrooms) and the bottom main floor is a really big open living room / kitchen dining area.
How much have these kind of conversions cost and can somebody recommend a contractor / architect?
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If you do mean two apartments, not two bedrooms, e-mail me for some referrals. We have done several jobs like this. Good luck.
In case you wanted to contact me, please note I had a typo. The correct address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Several factors may impact your total cost including the condition of the electrical (and the potential need to replace your electrical panel or increase the service to the residence), selected finishes, and if the building imposes a time constraint on the length of a project.
I advise you start your research by viewing kitchens on websites such as Houzz. Having a set of precedent images will greatly help you explain your expectations to a potential architect/designer/general contractor.
We've completed the same project type, and some images may be found on our website - www.hirshsondesign.com. Feel free to contact us if you'd like to discuss the design and renovation project - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of luck with your renovation!
We performed a gut renovation on a classic six on 5th Avenue. Happy to refer the architect or others to you. Good luck,
We are a design firm teamed with architects and can help with the project. Please feel free to reach out.
You can contact Manhattan Renovations 212 685 6358 or email@example.com
1. your question cannot easily be answered because the work you want to do is too unique
2. but I have an excellent and relatively inexpensive contractor tenant who might be able to help you
3. if you want to discuss that please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking to buy a duplex apartment in UES. What would be my cost if i were to change the following (all major changes):
1. for a loft stace, raise ceiling by about a foot
2. build stairs from loft area down to living room
3. update 2 bathrooms and put a shower into one of them
4. get rid of mirror walls
5. build in more storage
Does anyone know if this is going to be a condo or rental building? And is it true that this is a land-lease? Thank you!