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hi everyone. who are the best people/groups to approach when pitching services for the design and installation of green roofs and rooftop gardens and green/living walls for condos? condo boards? brokers? developers? management firms?
thanks so much for your help everyone! this blog has been so informative thanks to all your posts and conversations.
enjoy the last few days of winter??
You'll see a lot of threads about home insurance companies here. I followed Consumer Reports' good reviews and went with AMICA. Haven't had to put them to the test on a claim, though.
In a co-op, you can't get insurance to pay you for the cost of the unit in case the neighbor burns it down, because it's not your unit -- the co-op owns it, and in case of total loss, the building's insurance will pay the co-op. You only own shares of the corporation, and have a tenant's lease which lets you live in the designated unit. You can get 'replacement value' renters insurance to replace the furniture, fancy appliances, fixtures, etc that you put in, which should cover your reno costs, and you can get coverage to pay for the hotel room or temporary apt to live in while you're repairing the damage.
Also if you or anyone can recommend a solid insurer with reasonable premiums, that would be great too. I have quotes from United States Underwriting and Chubb, both of which are running at $830 and up per year. Especially since they will only insure my apt for 200k in the even of a complete wipeout, that seems very expensive. I was hoping to get covered for the entire cost of the unit including the reno costs for a fraction of that amount, which was possible when I owned a house in the 90s. Maybe it's different for co-ops?
What neighborhood is this in?
Many of the views are certainly "oblique" but overall I rather felt the amenities are pretty decent. And for 1brs I like 1.5baths which aren't always easy to find.
78 story building with great views of 80 story buildings
calling the gym pathetic is being kind
a private restaurant (just what you need in manhattan) is a money pit
strict condo rules that feel unfriendly at best
now i no why the prices are so low.......
Thanks to all again. After doing some homework, we will follow up on one of the recommendations. In the meantime,
does anyone on this thread or on Streeteasy more generally have any other recommendations, as we would like
to interview at least two potential managers. I would also appreciate hearing from anyone who has experience,
positive or negative, with Taube Management. Thanks, MS1
Thanks, scared nycgal! Do you have a firm that you like? Thanks as well, miker430.
Finger Management does our similarly sized coop on the UWS. They are in Yonkers.
Stay away from Harlem Property Management. They are Harlem Lofts. They will charge you astronomical prices for repairs they say they are doing to your property that they never actually do. The supers they employ are negligent. The property manager Ana is lazy and stupid. The COO Craig is being indicted for securities fraud (he used to work in finance). The owner Rob is extremely rude and extremely unscrupulous. Stay as far away from them as you can. Their brokerage side is also awful, if you are a landlord, they will get you the worst tenants, as long as they make their fees off them. Overall, they will take all your money and give you nothing in return.
Maintenance is a serious problem in this building. The latest problem is a chronic lack of heat and hot water.
If you don't mind picking up the firewood yourself, and are willing to make a nice scenic drive up the Taconic in your extra-large Mercedes Benz, this is a good list: http://www.yellowpages.com/copake-ny/firewood-for-sale-in-columbia-county-ny
I highly recommend Frank's Firewood (google it). Fantastic quality, great price includes delivery & stacking in your apt. Wonderful bunch of guys.
Thank you @ph41!
>Matt. - so you're an expert now on firewood as you think you are on everything else?
Didn't know you have a fireplace in your walk up apartment .
For many years I used to order a half cord from Dimitri's when it was on 2nd avenue, and I found their wood to be good quality kiln dried hardwood and less expensive than The Woodman.
They have moved up to 116th and Park and now have firewood service called firewood2go.com.
We are having a very negative experience with a Company providing after-market extended warranties. We bought our appliance with an extended warranty, that turned out so far to be at least useless, but we suspect to be victims of a sort of "scam" business, considering the way this Company is handling (not really handling) our request to send out a repair service. They haven't scheduled an appointment to repair our appliance after two weeks, no reason given, they say that they are working on it.. I don’t think that this is normal or acceptable. There are several complaints online (I didn't see them years ago when I purchased the warranty) and this seems to be a pretty common experience. It surprises me how they can still have an A rating by the BBB, considering that there are hundreds of registered complaints, by what do I know. At this point I am thinking to take legal action, if somebody who has better knowledge on how to proceed or can refer an Attorney specialized in this matter please post this here. Thank you!
Just to close the loop, I ended up going with Moving Man in the end and they were amazing. I had also bid Oz and Big John's. Moving Man wasn't the cheapest but they did an absolutely awesome job. Thanks - I wouldn't have known about them if it wasn't for this.
Divine Moving, absolutely reliable, I have and would continue to 100% recommend them, I have moved half a dozen times with them and have been very happy each time. Additionally I am not an easy move with large artwork and a lot of heavy architectural salvage and they did great!
I wasn't just looking for reliable and a professional job, I wanted a fair price and I got it all.
I have had very good experiences with Flat Rate and OZ. Don't just go for the cheapest...
We did 2 large household moves in the past 1.5 years, they also packed up everything, with All Star Moving and Storage, Inc. http://allstarnewyork.com/ Totally happy both times. First time was under budget, second time was over budget because the super wouldn't let them in the door after 4 PM, so they brought our stuff the next day. That wasn't fun but not their fault, they arrived on time but couldn't get it done fast enough.
Make sure the person giving you the quote sees everything, including stuff under the bed, all the books, etc.
Had a great experience with Oz. See lots of previous threads on this topic.
Hi - Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced AC insulating company? I have 3 thru-wall ACs. How much should the whole project cost? Thanks!
Thanks for the how to link. Will check it out.
...But the resources and advice have been useful too. NYC never stops amazing me with the high cost of everything.
Thanks! I actually think I figured out was using so much power.
I replaced everything with LEDs and it shaved about 30-40 dollars off my bill. That said I was away for a summer with everything unplugged (no energy vampires allowed) and just the fridge running essentially and my bill was still like $50. If you want to inspect your apt to see what is costing you I highly recommend investing in a Kill-a-Watt meter.
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Andrzej Wojtowicz is truly exceptional at this. He has a number of clients who would GLADLY show you the floors he restored and finished for them. 100% incredible. His email is email@example.com and his phone number is (718) 753-9493.
I have a great floor guy
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anyone else have anyone that they'd be able to recommend for flooring work?
Need to fix/restore/replace small parts of my beautiful oak floor (prewar bldg.) and the areas have to look seamless and blend in with the rest of the floor.
Any recommendations on who can do this?
Try Carlos Wood Floors by Montani Corp. You can email them at email@example.com or contact them via their website here: http://www.montaniconstruction.com/wood-floor-refinishing.html
THIS guy: http://media1.onsugar.com/files/2014/05/12/001/n/1922398/603f47b9d547bde6_2a139824.xxxlarge.jpg
I have a great floor guy. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com, 347-531-8812, ask for Pepe
Try Roof Mavens, they can be reached at roof firstname.lastname@example.org or (347) 766-3512. I used them to install the SOPREMA Alsan RS system which is a liquid membrane waterproofing system with up to 30 year warranty. I used this as my guide to what I expected: http://www.soprema.us/data/sites/38/ProductAttachments/LBLQ1 AlsanRS4Pager.pdf
Thanks for the info! I'll definitely contact them.
our co-op used C.C.Construction to do our co-op recently - email@example.com or 917-626-1254 is the best contact number to reach Michael.
If you want to come and checkout the job they did we're located in Brooklyn heights - make sure you look into beefing up the insulation, it was an option proposed by Michael which is why we went with him....has made a huge difference.
Thanks! I will give them a call!
Why don't you call the NY Council of Cooperatives? They have references for roofers.
"Don't you have a living room?"
Thanks alan. That story reminds me about Aboutready as well as the dentist who sold his receivable from Kim Kardashian at greater than face amount. http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/08/21/dentist-auctions-off-12-year-old-unpaid-judgment-against-kim-kardashian/
I used to live in a condo in which one resident spent a few years lobbying to turn part of the meeting room into a gym. Then he acquired a baby and spent the next few years lobbying to turn part of the meeting room into a playroom. Me me me now now now.
Don't you have a living room?
Why not just expand the storage facilities? A play room is useful only to those residents who have kids. Increased storage space is useful to all residents. If you charge for it, it can be income producing (or at least offset the costs of installing the additional storage units). A playroom is a constant drain on finances.
Yes. there are permit and egress issues for playrooms. We had a larger space to work with and the city turned down our permit since there was no way the space could be modified to comply with all their regulations.
We're looking for good, comprehensive, owner's insurance for a 1 bedroom coop. From previous posts, seems like Chubb and Fireman's are best - thoughts? Anything specific we should make sure to have in our policy? (For reference, we're not billionaires with an apartment full of Monet's :) ).
Also, any broker recommendations?
There are two with good ratings on the Franklin Report website. All Clean and Delmont. A friend recommended Delmont to me -- I havent' tried them yet. He says they are terrific, but the listing shows one bad review. (guess it's like Yelp or Trip Advisor -- do you believe one bad one or take the average...)
Here's the link:
http://www.franklinreport.com/SearchProviders.aspx?vs=675&m=NYC&v=Upholstery Cleaning in Upholstery & Window Treatments - Cleaning & Repair Category
Bumping to see if anyone had a suggestion.
Any recommendations for professional a upholstery cleaner in Manhattan or Brooklyn? We have a Crate and Barrel Sofa / Sectional with a Type S Fabric that requires cleaning with no water and would like to get the unit refreshed.
We are a boutique building in LIC (21 units). we currently have First Management (chosen by sponsor) and we are fed up with it. We are looking to replace our management company. Any recommendation of companies that specialize in small buildings will be really helpful.
Wondering if anyone has used this company before? They do blow in cellulose insulation mostly for temperature retention but I'm most interested in it for sound proofing.
@Semerun: thank you so much for this. This information is extremely useful and I will get in touch with some of the ones you mentioned.
If anyone else has recommendations for management properties where units are still majority sponsor owned, please feel free to recommend them!
Hi StreetChallenged, We ultimately selected Merlot Management and I would gladly recommend them. They are based out of the UWS and really grasped the level of service we needed. The developer cut some corners (shocking I know) and they have really stood by us while we have made many difficult decisions. Our number 2 choice was All Area Realty Services. They are a family owned shop and we were all impressed with the approach they took. Our only hesitation with All Area was that they were based in Queens with only 1 other property somewhat near us (though this was back in 2010). A couple of others that seemed reasonable but didn't fully connect with our needs at that time were Taylor Asset Management in Hamilton Heights, and HEC Real Estate Group in Central Harlem. We also met with Manhattan Modern Management and Wavecrest, but neither of those firms were a very good match for us.
You could ask your condo's lawyer and accountant. They deal with lots of different companies and buildings and might have a sense of which'd be a good fit.
I contacted Orsid but was told their focus is on larger buildings and they also gave me an extremely high management fee, which is simply not possible for our mid-size building.
@semerun: can you share some of the choices that were in your list? Would love to hear recommendations.
I would go with the people who serve Peter Cooper Village / Stuyvesant Town - ask Aboutready about how to get a big windfall settlement from them even if they didn't do anything wrong.
Chelsea, what you want is a CableCard (and a TV that supports it). http://www.verizon.com/support/residential/tv/fiostv/other hardware/cablecards/cablecards.htm
Unfortunately, its hard to find a TV that supports it these days. A better bet would be to put the cable box out of sight, but use an IR repeater to send the signal from the remote to the set top box.
Something like this, maybe. http://www.amazon.com/Infrared-Receiver-Extender-Description-Compatibility/dp/B002JSDHCY
Sorry to give incomplete information. There is an addon kit you can add to the powerbridge that uses a metallic junction box that snaps in the back w/metallic cord. It is still very DYI.
Do you need to have a cable box in order to watch television on TWC/Verizon? We are thinking of mounting a 40" in our bedroom (having the cable and electrical moved) and really have no ideal place to put a cable box.
The powerbridge product comes with romex for the in-wall power wiring which is not NYC code compliant. Must use metallic armored cable ("BX") in NYC walls.
You don't need an electrician to hide the wires/move outlet. Get a powerbridge like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CJTQ3I/ref=oh_details_o09_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and you will be up to code. But ya you'll still have to cut dry wall, etc.