2003 Aug
Focus on... Insurance

Insurance Keeping It Covered
2003 Aug Keeping It Covered

The ads fill the television airwaves each day. Dozens of lawyers encouraging injured parties to sue and collect their claims. It's there on the street, too; every time someone slips or falls in front of a building, there's that look of pan…

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Insurance Guarding Home and Hearth
2003 Aug Guarding Home and Hearth

You live in a doorman building on the Upper East Side - your building has a health club, a concierge, and an attentive board/management team that keeps everything running smoothly, 24/7. With what you're paying in monthly maintenance, you …

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Insurance The Issue of Coverage
2003 Aug The Issue of Coverage

After the terror attacks of 2001, many co-op and condo buildings in the New York area got another nasty shock: insurance premiums suddenly spiraled upward as much as 50 percent or more in the space of one or two billing periods. Some build…

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Insurance Vive La Difference
2003 Aug Vive La Difference

If an electrical fire destroys your newly renovated kitchen, will your co-op pay to replace your space-age stove and slate countertops? If a pipe bursts in your condo and your $10,000 wallpaper is ruined, who pays to fix it? The answers to…

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Board Operations Absolute Power
2003 Aug Absolute Power

"I'm on the board of my co-op in Queens, and there's a problem with our current president; without consulting the other board members, he has cancelled our upcoming meeting, saying there's "˜nothing on the agenda,' and he signs service and …

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Board Operations Roundtable II: The Sequel
2003 Aug Roundtable II: The Sequel

Following up on the success of the informal roundtable discussion jointly hosted by The Cooperator and the Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives and Condominiums (FNYHC) this past February, a group of area co-op and condo board presi…

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Security A Question of Security
2003 Aug A Question of Security

Since September 11, 2001, most buildings in New York City have taken security and safety measures much more seriously. Although the effects of the terrorist attacks two years ago forced co-op and condo managers and owners to reevaluate saf…

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Organizations Let's Hear it for the Board
2003 Aug Let's Hear it for the Board

Since September 11th, 2001, Manhattan's Community Board No. 1 - one of 59 such boards in Manhattan - has been called above and beyond its usual duties to tend to the needs of residents living in TriBeCa, Battery Park City, the Financial Di…

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Neighborhoods Bohemian Rhapsody
2003 Aug Bohemian Rhapsody

Williamsburg, Billburg, Billyburg"¦ call it what you like. But whatever you do, don't call it over. The Utne Reader called it "the third hippest neighborhood in America" a few years back. Like any place that gets hyped this much, Williams…

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Law & Legislation Examining Books and Records
2003 Aug Examining Books and Records

Scenario: A shareholder or unit owner suddenly demands an inspection of the board's "books and records." Since the board is not guilty of financial impropriety or the squandering of funds, it has nothing to hide. Nevertheless, the b…

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