October 2008 Archives

Building Fence Scraped and Painted

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A special thank you to Tony, Rolando and Rosario, our building's full time staff, for their work in scraping the rust and painting the fence on the street side of our building! It had been a few years since it was last maintained, and it now looks sparkling and clean, a wonderful improvement to our building's look from the street.




Groceries online anyone?

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Posting on behalf of a neighbor... (and must admit that given the somewhat limited options of the grocery stores nearby, my interest is definitely peaked!)

If enough residents to sign up...they may begin to deliver groceries in our building.

Founded in 1989 by brothers Andrew and Thomas Parkinson, Peapod has grown to be one of America's leading Internet grocers. Peapod is a wholly owned subsidiary of international food provider Royal Ahold, and works in partnership with Ahold USA supermarket companies including Stop & Shop and Giant Food. http://www.peapod.com/

Good eats in the neighbohood

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We're putting together a list of good eats in the neighborhood. Would love it if people could comment on good places they've been - and note if they deliver to our building! Newcomers I've noticed recently:

  • Pomme de Terre opened a few months ago, but recently started serving brunch. I went with a group and was not dissapointed. Also, love the fact that they are baby friendly, given our new arrival.
  • Bally's Energy Food Fuel just opened up on Newkirk plaza. I haven't gone, but I entered to check out the menu. They've got plenty of fun juices, wraps and sandwhiches, though I was a bit dissapointed that they don't have cappuccinos/espressos.
  • Cornbread Cafe recently opned on Flatbush between Farragut and Glenwood. It's also pretty family friendly and they serve breakfast all day!
  • San Remo's opened a new dining room with a VERY large menu. Haven't tried it yet... would love to hear what folks think if they've tried it.

Cleaning Services

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One of our residents is looking to hire a cleaning service that already works in other apartments in the building. If any of you use a cleaning service that you are happy with, please e-mail that information to board@616east18.com so we can forward that information to the resident making the inquiry. Thank you!!!

Our building is a member of the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums. Every year they hold a conference with seminars on various topics relevant to New York's Multi-Dwelling buildings, such as ours.

This year, their Housing Conference is being held on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at Baruch College. The event runs from 8am to 5pm.

Some examples of this year's 1 to 3 hour seminars include:

  • Repairs in a Cooperative - Who's Responsible for What?
  • Financial Responsibilities of Condominium Boards
  • The Green Committee
  • Redecorating Public Spaces
  • Committees to Help Run Your Building
  • Combating Rising Energy Costs
  • Plants that Thrive in an Urban Environment
  • Understanding Your Heating System

...and many more!

Check out the full list of seminars and the schedule at their website: http://www.cnyc.coop/

I am planning to personally attend. Sam and Lance may also attend, and we invite any of our residents to attend with us. Please let us know if you plan to attend by e-mailing us at board@616east18.com by October 15th, so we can arrange for discounted group ticket purchasing.

We would be thrilled if any of you were able to join us at this event wich will be overflowing with relevant information for our building.

                                                                                      -Andrew, VP

Oct. Board Update: Local Law 11 Repairs

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The board received a number of requests for details about the repair work that went on in August and September. In response, this article details the work that we have recently completed. Every 5 years the city inspects our building's exterior and requires repairs based on the inspector's reccomendations. The work we just completed, which comprised $0.85 per share of the September-December assessment, was as follows:

  • Balconies on the street side of the building had their steel lintels scraped, wire brushed, primed and painted.
  • Three balconies had spalled concrete on their ceilings near the steel lintels which was removed and replaced with new wire lath and stucco, primed, and painted.
  • The steel lintels on the 2nd and 3rd floor windows were scraped, wire brushed, primed, and painted. (The 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th floor window steel lintels were found to be in good condition and did not require work).
  • Mortar joints between the 2nd and 3rd floor had visible cracks that were cut and spot pointed.
  • 20 air conditioner unit sleeves, on the 2nd and 3rd floors were caulked.
  • In various locations between the 2nd and 3rd floors new brick was stitched to match the existing brick
  • Moss growth was removed and joints were scraped and pointed on balconies over the driveway.
  • 114 linear feet of Copper base flashing on the inside of the roof parapet were found to be missing. A new termination bar with a Zymac anchor was installed where the roof flashing meets the parapet wall and new copper flashing was snapped into the existing thru-wall copper flashing. The area seam was caulked with Sonneborn NP-1 (an elastomeric caulk) and the roof flashing was coated with mastic at the termination bar seam.

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