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Expeditors May 26, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Expeditor Recommendation for HUB Alt-2

Background:
- Filed Alt-1 with the HUB through a large, not cheap expeditor
- So far, they have generally sucked in terms of communication, turn around time, and being useful in any actual way
- I’ve gone through one round of objections, have re-filed and are now scheduling the next review
- I want to file an Alt-2 separately and have our Architect self-certify so we can start demo and interior work while waiting for the Alt-1 so we can do an extension

My current expeditor has quoted me $3k to file the Alt-2, which seems high given their general crappiness so far. I’m also thinking about switching expeditors after the permits are approved anyway for the C/O process.

I’d like to get another firm to do the Alt-2 to try them out. If they’re better than my current one, I’d ditch the current one and replace them with the new one. If not, I can stick with the current one and am no worse off.

Is this a terrible idea? Has anyone had a good experience with their expeditor? I couldn’t find any referrals less than two years old on the fourm.

Landlord May 25, 2015 at 6:32 pm

75 Macdonough

http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2015/05/dixon-puts-landmarked-bed-stuy-apartment-building-up-for-sale-for-more-than-4-million/

The people who posted signs in the windows moved out. Guessing they were paid off or evicted. Who knows but good riddance I’m sure. Wonder if Dixon is still trying to sell now that the headache has left. Hmmm.

About Brooklyn May 25, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Seeking Handyman to help with dryer vent

Hi,
Had a great handyman from this forum in 2009 to clean my dryer vent (as well as do some patching to it, etc.) Of course, cannot find his name now (my bad!) Can anyone recommend a handyman to do this sort of work? (We got a new dryer and the vent attachment not quite right.)
Thanks!

Brownstone Renovation May 25, 2015 at 1:55 am

Architect vs Project Manager

Just bought a brownstone in Historic District of Bed-Stuy. Its close to full gut reno (plumbing, electric, etc). Im a little overwhelmed to know where to start. A friend recommended a Project Manager as apposed to an architect. He will more or less work like a CG and then bring in the various subcontracts I need. The main reason being that we do have a pretty clear idea of what we want to do so do we really need to spend a fortune on an architect?? I would love feedback or suggestions.

Brownstone Renovation May 25, 2015 at 1:49 am

Renovations in Bed Stuy Landmark District

Im looking for some guidance. We just closed on a townhouse in Bed stuy in Landmark district and I would love to know What are landmark regulations are for renovations that show in the back exterior? Specifically we would like to add a deck and add a door off the back parlor level. We are only 4 house in from the corner and you can see the back of our house from the side street. Does anyone have experience with this or guidance to offer?

For Sale May 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm

For Sale: All New: Oven, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Microwave, Ceiling Fan

We are moving. Recently purchased the following appliances which are 6 months old. Barely used. All 50% less than what we paid. If all is purchased, there will be a 20% discount.

Having trouble uploading the pics, please email me & I will gladly send. Will provide receipts.

minteriors@gmail.com

GE Over the range microwave $110
Whirlpool refrigerator $220
GE 30″ gas range $280
Whirlpool 18″ 5 cycle dishwasher, stainless steel interior $215

Ceiling fan: $45

About Brooklyn May 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm

For Sale: All New: Oven, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Microwave, Ceiling Fan

We are moving. Recently purchased the following appliances which are 6 months old. Barely used. All 50% less than what we paid. If all is purchased, there will be a 20% discount.

Having trouble uploading the pics, please email me & I will gladly send. Will provide receipts.

minteriors@gmail.com

GE Over the range microwave $110
Whirlpool refrigerator $220
GE 30″ gas range $280
Whirlpool 18″ 5 cycle dishwasher, stainless steel interior $215

Ceiling fan: $45

Brownstone Renovation May 23, 2015 at 8:24 am

renovatibg a landmark brownstone in Bed Stuy?

I’m purchasing a 3 family bownstone on a landmark block on halsey street in Bedford stuyvesant.  I will need to do some kitchen & bathroom renovation work on all floors including finishing the basement and completing an existing extension at the back.  I will also need to bring the house up to code.  I believe I may need an Engineer or an Architect, but am unsure of everything. I’m working on a low renovation loan budget.  Any advice will help. Thanks.

Windows and Doors May 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

window installer

Does anyone have a good recommendation for a window installer? I am set on purchasing tilt and turn Intus windows myself but I need a good and reasonably priced window installer. So far, the only quote I have for installation only is very high. Bay Ridge Windows and other places are taking a pass because they would rather sell me a line of windows they carry themselves. The job is 8 windows and a backyard door. Thanks!

DOB May 22, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Certificate Of Occupancy Pointless if you have money????

There is a building across from me that converted a couple houses back in 2006 to a mixed-use space (warehouse and work studios). They never received a revised certificate of occupancy and built the structure anyway. It appears they have been in violation since then and just pay yearly fees. Are there any other repercussions here or is it simply a slap on the wrist?

Windows and Doors May 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

what do people do with the windows they replaced?

I have 2 beautiful large casement windows (each 90 x 56) that I am replacing late this summer. I would love to either arrange to sell them to a homeowner or donate them.
thanks!

Brownstone Renovation May 22, 2015 at 6:10 am

ISO affordable plaster craftsman

I am looking for a skills- but affordable- plaster craftsman to partially restore and paint ceiling medallions and crown moldings in a Clinton Hill brownstone. Also, wondering what other people have paid in the last? Thank you! Anna

About Brooklyn May 21, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Iron Fence and Bannister Scraping and Painting

Looking for recommendations for someone to scrape, prime and paint our bannisters and front fence. I did it DIY when we first moved in and pretty much did a half assed job. Now I don’t have the time to even do THAT.

Thanks in advance for any leads!

Cellar May 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Engineer for cellar work

We’re looking for engineer recommendations. We need to replace our main beam in the cellar and in the process of looking at what we can do with the floor (currently a rat slab). We also get water down there after heavy rains and want to look into what is causing the problem and what our options are for pouring a new floor.

Anyway, looking for anyone who’s had a good experience with an engineer recently.

Painters and Painting & Stripping May 21, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Plaster work and painting

We’re looking for recommendations for someone to do some wall/ceiling repair (mostly small cracks and holes from a previous tenant, scrape down the previous textured ceiling, and then paint the walls and ceiling (top floor in 20′x40′). Who’s had a good experience lately with someone doing this kind of work? No self-referrals, please :)

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