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…

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….

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…

Brooklyn Co-op

If you’re ever looking for a co-op who knows how to throw a good anniversary party look no further than the staff at Warbasse Amalgamated Houses. The co-op celebrated its’ 50th anniversary last weekend and they pulled out all the stops; temporary tattoos, sausage and pepper hero’s, street rides,…