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Here are some recent examples of how FirstService Residential New York has been making news.
 

Seven Ways to Get Ready for Winter

Cooler temperatures are upon us, which means it’s the time of year to make sure your home is your cozy haven. With winter comes specific maintenance requirements, so cozy up to these seven tips to make sure your home’s ready for the upcoming season.

Posted on Thursday October 09, 2014 read more

DEP Makes More than $5 Million Available for Green Projects

Preference for Grants Will be Given to Projects that Engage Local Communities in Environmental Awareness through Educational Efforts and Green Job Training

Posted on Tuesday September 30, 2014 read more

From a Broken Lease, a Dream NYC Home

Leasebreak, a new company, aims to be the bridge between Airbnb and traditional brokers. Could it revolutionize renting in NYC?    

Posted on Wednesday September 17, 2014 read more

Elderly New Yorkers, Here for the Duration

It used to be that New Yorkers of a certain age reflexively said goodbye to all this — the traffic, the tumult, the long lines and the incomparable bagels — and headed south or west for their sunset years. No longer. Around town these days there are many more than 50 shades of gray. According to the city’s Department for the Aging, the 60-plus population increased 12.4 percent between 2000 and 2010. By 2030 it is projected to grow by 35.3 percent to 1.84 million.

Posted on Sunday September 14, 2014 read more

Setting Pet Policies For Your Community

Your community’s governing documents will dictate whether or not pets are allowed in your community, and will also specify limits on the type and number allowed. If you live in a pet-friendly community, it’s important that you establish rules and boundaries to keep order within your community. Many of the issues and problems that arise in pet-friendly communities have very little to do with the pets – after all, they cannot clean up after themselves – and much more to do with their owners.  Your neighbor’s dog could be your best friend too, as long as your neighbor makes sure his pet is on its best behavior. 

Posted on Saturday September 13, 2014 read more

Four Ways to Make Your High Rise More Resilient

Superstorm Sandy was more than a tragic weather event. It revealed moments of heroism and, today, is helping property managers pursue new ways of making their high rise buildings and communities more resilient. 

Posted on Friday September 05, 2014 read more

Increasing Volunteerism By Effectively Engaging Homeowners

There is one thing that every community association board and committee needs: resident volunteers. However, volunteers are often a scarce resource.   

Posted on Wednesday September 03, 2014 read more

4 Back To School Tips to Keep Parents Sane and Kids Happy

A little organization can go a long way to helping you and your children make a smooth transition from summer to school time.

Posted on Tuesday September 02, 2014 read more

How A Property Management Company Helps to Rebuild After a Hurricane

A powerful hurricane can devastate even those communities that have made all of the preparations that it can. When this happens, the road to recovery and rebuilding can feel long.   Fortunately, a great property management company can help. With best practices in place and the help of an experienced team, even the most insurmountable damage can be mitigated, repaired and reversed.   

Posted on Thursday August 07, 2014 read more

Four Ways to Increase Value by Decreasing Energy Use

Energy ranks toward the top of the list of multi-family building expenses. A professional property management company can help board members to reduce costs that some may have thought would never go down. 

Posted on Tuesday July 29, 2014 read more

Report: The Price of Resilience: Can Multifamily Housing Afford to Adapt?

A new report released by the NYU Furman Center examines the challenges of retrofitting New York City’s multifamily housing stock against future climate threats, including the potential effect on the city’s limited stock of affordable housing.

Posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 read more

Best Advice about Property Management

Management companies fully attend to the business of managing a community, thus alleviating a significant burden for a volunteer board that often has neither the time nor expertise to dedicate themselves to the role on a 24/7 basis. How can you tell a merely decent property management company from a positively great one? 

Posted on Thursday July 17, 2014 read more

Pratt Towers Welcomes Long-Overdue Play Space

Community volunteers join together to build a proper playground for the children of Pratt Towers, a 326 unit Mitchell-Lama cooperative in Brooklyn managed by FirstService Residential.

Posted on Tuesday July 15, 2014 read more

The Seven Most Important Questions about New York City’s Energy Efficiency Reporting Law

You may know it as Local Law 87. You may know it as part of New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Or you may know it as the Department of Buildings’ Energy Efficiency Report. But no matter what name you know it by, chances are there’s a lot you don’t know about this new requirement. 

Posted on Monday June 30, 2014 read more

Property Management 101: Top Tips For Board Members

Board members of condominiums and cooperatives play a critical role in overseeing the operations of their buildings. With responsibility for multi-million dollar budgets, board members may find their job overwhelming. Consider these helpful hints for new and current board members to help make your term effective and personally satisfying.

Posted on Friday June 27, 2014 read more

Outside Public Housing, Cameras Abound

Dan Wurtzel, president of FirstService Residential New York, is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about video surveillance in residential buildings across New York City. The topic garnered interest this week when the search for the suspect in a crime was hindered by lack of video evidence. The photograph features the sophisticated surveillance system at The Harmony, a co-op managed by FirstService Residential.

Posted on Thursday June 05, 2014 read more

Incentives Aim to Green Up New York, Reduce Operating Costs for Building Owners

A panel of industry experts explored the fiscal perks of energy efficiency incentive programs at FirstService Residential’s Third Annual Sustainability Expo & Symposium held on May 15. FirstService Residential President Dan Wurtzel opened the session by explaining that taking advantage of programs offered by NYSERDA and Con Edison is “a win-win all the way around.” More efficient building operations not only contribute to a greener environment, but also offer a major opportunity to save money while improving property values and resident comfort.

Posted on Wednesday May 21, 2014 read more

Beware of These Five Budget Busters

As a condo or co-op board member, one of your principal responsibilities is stewardship of the association’s finances. A lot of that boils down to one thing: the annual budget.   Unfortunately, for many board members, “annual budget” is just another term for “big headache.” It doesn’t have to be that way. By staying aware of common budgeting pitfalls, you can make the creation of your annual budget less of a hassle – and ensure an entire year of minimal money woes while you’re at it. 

Posted on Thursday May 08, 2014 read more

Morningside Gardens Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

NYC’s Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation for Recycling and Sustainability Ron Gronen gave a shout out to one of our properties, Morningside Gardens, while a guest on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show.

Posted on Tuesday April 22, 2014 read more

Choosing the Best Property Management Company for Your Condo or Co-Op

No matter where you live, it is essential to thoroughly evaluate different property management companies to find the one that will be the right fit and provide the best service to your community.   Every building will have its own needs, of course, but if you live in a New York City condo or co-op, you have unique challenges and specific services to consider. 

Posted on Friday April 11, 2014 read more
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