New York's Cooperative and Condominium Community

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Take a peek behind the facades of New York’s co-ops and condos to find out who's fixing things up, and how much it costs? Articles in this section cover dozens of individual projects in co-ops and condos all over New York City. Learn how NYC co-op/condo boards met the challenges of the fix-up, and how you can use their experiences to smooth out yours.

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Queensview Inc., a 726-unit co-op in Astoria, is saving up to $1 million on a $12 million facade and roof replacement project by consolidating the work, which will take two years to complete.

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A 100-unit prewar co-op in Crown Heights is undergoing extensive structural repairs due to deterioration, with a line of apartments needing to be demolished and rebuilt to restore structural integrity, while the board has set aside $25,000 to subsidize the rent for displaced shareholders.

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The co-op at 22 W. 26th St. in NoMad has installed a new three-cell cooling tower with efficiency controls and VFDs, which is expected to reduce operating costs by 30% and water use by 50%, while also improving the building's D energy efficiency grade.

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Fordham Hill Oval, a 1,130-unit co-op in the Bronx, is installing thousands of smart radiator covers to cut fines and save on energy costs, taking advantage of a no-money-down subscription payment model.

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671 Bronx River Road Inc., a 95-unit co-op in Yonkers, is rebuilding after a fire that destroyed 15 apartments and a portion of the roof, with a $19 million insurance settlement and a proceeds agreement with the contractor.

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A Manhattan co-op has solved its noisy steam radiator problem by converting the system into a two-pipe system with steam traps, removing the radiator air vents, and lowering the boiler pressure, resulting in a quieter system and savings on its energy bills.

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A recent state court ruling has created a path toward major changes to New York City's property tax system, which could have mixed consequences for co-op and condo owners.

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The Ariel West’s Terra Cotta Troubles

Written by Emily Myers on March 20, 2024

Upper West Side

The 32-story luxury condo on Manhattan’s Upper West Side has been forced to take on the lengthy and expensive process of replacing its terra cotta rainscreen.

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If enacted, the Green Buildings Act would offer a lifeline to apartment buildings struggling to meet Local Law 97’s carbon emission requirements.

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A Leaking Roof Prompts an Inwood Co-op To Go Solar

Written by Emily Myers on March 06, 2024


The Park Terrace Arms Corporation has turned a leaky roof into an energy-saving asset.

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