Monday Links

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Planning to Repaint? Read This First [NY Times]
Mortgages: Verifying Borrowers’ Finances [NY Times]
Park Domes Fenced Off to Protect Children [NY Times]
Woman Rescued From a Trash Chute in Brooklyn [NY Times]
More Reductions Proposed in MTA Service [NY Times]
Old-School Printing Tradition Lives On In Greenpoint [NY Times]
Tavern of Dean Abruptly Loses Its Lease [NY Times]
Brooklyn Woman Run Over By Q Train [NY Post]
More Abuse Allegations Aimed at Brooklyn Rabbi [NY Daily News]
Sanitation Dept Wants to Toss Ghost Bike Memorials [NY Daily News]
Park Slope Meter Prices to Rise [Brooklyn Paper]
Markowitz Vows To Fight Coney Concert Challenge [Brooklyn Eagle]
Coney Island Mermaid Parade Rings In Summer Early [NY1]
Phun Factory Reopens in Williamburg [NY1]
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  • daveinbedstuy

    I know a few women who should be tossed down the trash chute.

  • Morning, Dave. Naturally that was the first article I read, too.

  • or thrown on the subway tracks

  • And, that was the second article I read, BOD. I’m sorry the woman was killed, but her best friend was killed by a subway last year, so you think she would’ve thought twice before crossing the tracks!?!?

  • NEVER get your house checked for lead paint. NEVER!

  • daveinbedstuy

    Morning, CGar. Glad you survived the ride home.

  • daveinbedstuy

    What happened, Suburbandude? I assume any house that was built before the seventies has lead paint; certainly any thing built in the early 1900s.

  • “That sure was a flock of wine we got away with.” — Tracy Lord

  • delepp

    Lead paint issues are now a nightmare. The new law went into effect 4/22/10 and is going to cost a fortune for any renovation. We’ve got danger signs and doors sealed due to a lead paint issue with first floor shareholder. Unfortunate that her kid has elevated lead levels but then she shouldn’t have sanded/stipped while 5 months pregos.

  • I had tenants who took it upon themselves to have their duplex tested for lead paint, after we each signed the forms acknowledging that I had no knowledge of lead paint. To my shock, the only places where lead paint turned up was on the doors and door frames on the top floor, and even though it wasn’t chipping (the apartment had just been gut renovated), and had just been painted, I had them all repainted with lead encapsulating paint to calm my tenants’ hysteria. This after they reported me to the Department of Health, which came to the house thinking I was a slum lord and that my tenants’ kid was eating paint chips and cockroaches, and left thinking, as I did, that my tenants were insane.

  • daveinbedstuy

    I’ve heard so many horor stories about tenants in NYC that last year I lowered my tenants rent because they are so wonderful.

  • delepp

    We’re going to be doing lead risk assessment and adding riders to coop appilcation forms that the building has lead paint and to deal with it. Currently coop on the hook for only windows and exterior apt doors. Unfortunately our parlour floor windows cost $5K a piece and we’ve got 8.

  • Dave, I never raised the rent for my good tenants (NO ONE TELL THIS TO more4less!) and was despondent when, after 4 years, my best tenants (and now close friends) had the nerve to buy an apartment and move out.

  • Use common sense if your house is built prior to 1978. If you don’t have little kids, don’t worry about it. If you do have little kids, don’t do a massive sanding/scraping thing before you paint. If you have to, let them stay at grandma’s for a couple of nights. If your kids are tested with a high lead count, it can be ameliorated.

    The whole lead paint thing, like asbestos, mold, radon, and whatever other wet dream ambulance-chasing attornies can dream up, is totally overblown.

    Given that 95%+ of the homes in Brooklyn were built prior to 1978, one would think there would be a lead crisis among children. There is no crisis.

  • daveinbedstuy

    I wish BHO was my tenant. He’ll never buy a place.

  • delepp

    “The whole lead paint thing, like asbestos, mold, radon, and whatever other wet dream ambulance-chasing attornies can dream up, is totally overblown.

    Given that 95%+ of the homes in Brooklyn were built prior to 1978, one would think there would be a lead crisis among children. There is no crisis.”

    Completely agree but now govt involved.

  • daveinbedstuy

    “but now govt involved.”

    And like everything els where it’s involved, it’ll be a giant clusterf*&ck

  • “I assume any house that was built before the seventies has lead paint”

    Not necessarily; my 1899 house had bare plaster under the wallpaper in all rooms (except the kitchen and bathrooms–so I guess there was a little lead). Still, the trim was never painted and there was white calcimine on all the ceilings.

  • im pretty sure i grew up eating lead paint chips. it’s really NOT that big of a deal

    *rob*

  • I’m so envious you have/had unpainted trim, Bob. :)

    Did the plaster crumble away when you scraped off the wallpaper?

    I have a friend with a sprawling UWS apt rent-controlled that was in a Woody Allen movie. Her infant son has lead poisoning, so the management company is removing all the trim in the apartment and throwing it away.

  • “Did the plaster crumble away when you scraped off the wallpaper?”

    Not initially, except in a few spots. However virtually every wall eventually had to be skim coated (30+ years after we moved in). We’ve had that done in almost half of the house in the last few years and will (hopefully) get the rest done in the next year or two.