homeowners insurance

We live in a dangerous world in a dangerous time. And when danger strikes (especially close to home) it pays to have the right type of homeowner’s insurance. Whether its hurricanes, fires or even your not-so-friendly neighbor who’s out to sue you there’s a home insurance package that will…

Ask Your Realtor before You Hire Them

Finding a new place that fits all of your needs can be difficult. Too difficult sometimes. Whether you’re looking for a new house, apartment, condo, coop, townhome, mobile home, you name it it’s a pretty complicated process that is more about where you’re willing to compromise rather than you…

LEED Certification

LEED by example. That’s a horrible pun but one that isn’t far off from what the program stands for. LEED certification, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an effort by the U.S. Green Building Council to transform the way we think about how buildings and communities are…

Difference Between a Condominium and a Co-op

We used to live out under the stars, in tee-pees and in caves. I’ve slept in the first two (still working on the cave thing) and while the tee-pee was very comfortable it still has nothing on my mattress at home. Where we live has changed a lot over…

Moving Tips

Congratulations! You’ve just purchased your new home and getting ready for the ever-stressful but completely rewarding move (we promise it will be over soon). But before you unpack the family van and get ready to move into the new space we’ve compiled a list of a few steps you…

An All-You-Need-to-Know Guide to Join Your First Coop

Over our past few blogs we have primarily covered subjects related to building maintenance and bylaws but, what we have only briefly mentioned what a co-op is. For those of you out there who may be interested in getting involved in a co-op (or if you want to know…

Coop Shareholders

  We’ve all had neighbors at one point or another that were a little… interesting. Mine just bought a pig (full boar) for their back yard. In the middle of suburbia. I didn’t care that much, contrary to popular belief they’re actually pretty clean, and it was perfectly legal….

Electric Bill

Last week the temperature here held around 90 for the early portion of the week and was accompanied by torrential downpours and enough humidity that made walking feel like you were going for a swim. And while outside was bad, inside wasn’t much better (it actually might have been…

Bronx Coop

When I first learned how co-ops governed themselves I thought I had found the perfect form of responsible governance. Those who chose to join would become member-owners and have their say over the direction of their building, grocery store or even electrician’s guild. It cut out the irresponsible middle…


Nothing’s more exciting initially than a full scale renovation. You get to bust out the sledge hammers, scratch out some new designs and rip apart that ugly linoleum floor that you’ve been staring at for the past decade.