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

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

For New York City Doormen, Some Closed Doors

Dan Wurtzel, president of FirstService Residential New York, is quoted in this New York Times article that highlights the factors many buildings consider when deciding to hire union vs. non-union building employees.

Posted on Thursday April 10, 2014 read more

Cost Among Hurdles Slowing New York City’s Plan to Phase Out Dirty Heating Oil

Three years into a four-year plan to phase out No. 6, barely more than half of the buildings that were burning it have switched to cleaner oil. And of those that have stopped using No. 6, hundreds have switched to No. 4, which though permitted for another 16 years, can be only slightly less noxious, depending on the supplier.

Posted on Monday April 07, 2014 read more

FirstService Residential Joins Mayor's Carbon Challenge

In this Multi-Housing News (MHN) Online article, Dan Wurtzel, President of FirstService Residential New York, comments on the company's commitment to NYC's Carbon Challenge and explains how energy conservation is an important environmental and critical financial goal for FirstService Residential managed properties.

Posted on Thursday January 23, 2014 read more

Energy Benchmarking: If the Data Isn't Accurate, Is the Law Any Good?

This article from Habitat magazine addresses the accuracy of New York City Local Law 84 data collection for multifamily buildings. Aaron Mehta, Director of Energy Information for our affiliate, FS Energy, is quoted.

Posted on Thursday January 23, 2014 read more

Energy Saving Strategies for Multifamily Properties

In his guest blog for Multi-Housing News, Tal Eyal, president of FS Energy, discusses strategies boards and managers can implement to contain energy costs now and throughout the year.

Posted on Thursday January 16, 2014 read more

Knowing When to Call Your Manager

The FirstService Residential customer care center means residents don't have to wait for the right time to call their manager -- the care center provides 24/7 access to help to address their questions and concerns.

Posted on Wednesday January 15, 2014 read more

Spending Hours on the Minutes

What's in the minutes that is so important? It turns out to be quite a bit.

Posted on Monday November 18, 2013 read more

A Passion for Service Excellence

"Making a Difference. Every Day." is not just FirstService Residential's tagline. It is the guiding philosophy of each of the associates who serve the company's clients across the five boroughs.

Posted on Tuesday November 05, 2013 read more

Fallon Describes Emergency Storm Relief on Fox Business’ Cavuto

On October 28, the eve of Superstorm Sandy’s one-year anniversary, Fox Business News aired a powerful segment featuring Chuck Fallon, FirstService Residential CEO. 

Posted on Tuesday October 29, 2013 read more

From Growing Costs to Big Savings, Thanks to Submetering

Residents of Park City Estates, a co-op in Queens, NY, decided to upgrade to electricity submetering and give residents control over their electricity use.

Posted on Tuesday October 29, 2013 read more

FirstService Residential Chairman Gene Gomberg Honored as Ultimate CEO/Chairman

Gene Gomberg, Chairman of FirstService Residential, was honored as an Ultimate CEO/Chairman by the South Florida Business Journal

Posted on Thursday October 24, 2013 read more

How We're Helping Board Members Succeed

Dan Wurtzel, president of property management at our New York office, was tapped as a thought leader in an article about seasoned board members in the Cooperator. Dan discusses how uncertainty about building knowledge and the position’s requirements can be detrimental to productivity, as well as some of the services the company provides to help both new and experienced board members become more effective in their roles.

Posted on Thursday September 12, 2013 read more
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