2006 Feb
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Communications Taming Technology
2006 Feb Taming Technology

Where we are, firmly in the 21st century, and technology is everywhere. Who would have imagined half of the gadgets and computer programs that we take for granted today 20 or 30 years ago? From the Internet to hands-free cell phones to p…

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Communications The Language of Cooperation
2006 Feb The Language of Cooperation

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg once said, “No city on earth can match New York’s rich ethnic diversity; we’re truly the world’s second home.” Bloomberg’s comment was right on the money, but not only is New York City a melting pot of ethnici…

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Communications How Does Your Board Measure Up?
2006 Feb How Does Your Board Measure Up?

Every co-op and condo building in the city is different, and every board is a unique blend of personalities. Two buildings located next door to each other may take very different approaches to identical daily challenges, and while cert…

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Communications Tomorrow is Now
2006 Feb Tomorrow is Now

On-site health clubs as well equipped as any private gym or spa. Playrooms for children, all-weather roof decks, and private screening rooms. Remote-controlled fireplaces, climate-controlled wine storage, 360-degree enclosed glass show…

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Board Operations Computer-Savvy Residents
2006 Feb Computer-Savvy Residents

If you’re one of the millions of people who have embraced this age of cell phones, BlackBerries, DSL and instant messaging, it’s hard to imagine life any differently. Access to information is instantaneous these days for most people — …

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Real Estate Trends What Can Technology Do for You?
2006 Feb What Can Technology Do for You?

If you want to be a doctor, you go to medical school -- if you want to be a lawyer, you go to law school. But what if you want to be a property manager? Do you go to property management school? Actually, no. Despite the wide rang…

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Neighborhoods Harlem on the Rise
2006 Feb Harlem on the Rise

What do Alexander Hamilton, Billie Holliday, Bill Clinton, Langston Hughes, and WEB Dubois all have in common? They have all had a presence in Harlem. Harlem is one of the richest, most culturally vibrant neighborhoods in New Yo…

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Communications Wireless Internet Connectivity
2006 Feb Wireless Internet Connectivity

In this ever-changing, technology-driven society, the importance of Internet connectivity is on a par with the importance of electricity in the early 20th century. Electricity’s endless applications made it an essential household utili…

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Law & Legislation Caveat, Co-ops!
2006 Feb Caveat, Co-ops!

Question: When reviewing applications from prospective purchasers, can a co-op board treat a married couple differently from an unmarried one without running afoul of New York’s discrimination laws? Answer: Possibly. While court…

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Communications The Paperless Office
2006 Feb The Paperless Office

Are you one of those people who have papers everywhere? You know, the bills and mail that you tell yourself you are going to file away next week but just never seem to get to? Can you imagine what those piles might look like if they wer…

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Q&A Q&A: Filling a Board Vacancy
2006 Feb Q&A: Filling a Board Vacancy

Q Subsequent to the election of directors at our co-op’s first board meeting, an electee resigned due to personal reasons. The management agency advised against appointing a replacement to the board for approximately four months, the re…

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Q&A Q&A: Terrace Terror
2006 Feb Q&A: Terrace Terror

Q I live in a two-building co-op in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Our board has undertaken the renovation of the terraces of both buildings, and the renovation requires any shareholders, who built enclosures around their terraces…

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