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About Brooklyn July 4, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Illegal Party Space

Since summer began, neighbors a few doors down have been hosting weekly public outdoor parties in their adjoining backyards. These are promoted, advertised affairs with paid ticketed admission, extremely loud outdoor music, djs with live mics, smokers, bbqs, etc. The parties start in the afternoon and go on until 10pm, sometimes 2am.

There is no available on-street parking for blocks residents during these parties and a huge increase in sidewalk pedestrian traffic, stoop sitting etc.

This is a residential neighborhood and I’m simply conflicted about how to address this and with whom? My gut tells me that complaining to the homeowners will not remedy the problem.

Advice?

Roofers July 4, 2015 at 6:09 pm

marble floors

Hi: I would like to restore marble floor in the entryway of my brownstone.
Has anyone used EK Marble; if so can you provide phone number and/or address.

Or; do you have a recommendation

About Brooklyn July 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

Which way does the filter go in a Honeywell unit towards the furnace or away

Which way is the Air Flow go when you put your filter in the Honeywell unit?
Does the air flow go towards the furnace or away from the furnace? I always get confused which way it goes.

Taxes July 2, 2015 at 10:23 pm

Will adding a roof deck affect my RE taxes?

I’m considering creating a roof deck, getting permits and following code.

Would this have much of an affect on my RE taxes?

About Brooklyn July 2, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Named Insured

We’ve often recommended on here that someone who has a neighbor doing potentially hazardous work get protection as ‘named insured’ on the neighbor’s policy. A friend of mine tried to do that & the neighbors refused. Is there any City agency that can insist on it or is it just something that an amenable neighbor does?

Cleaning and Maid Services July 2, 2015 at 12:34 pm

ISO: Recommendations for Mold Removal/Mold Remediation

Well, I’ve learned that our problem has spread and is a full mold condition. I’ve checked the archives, but those recommendations are old and links aren’t operational any longer. Has anyone dealt with this more recently? Thanks and Happy 4th of July!

Brownstone Renovation July 2, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Does a deck on-top of an existing structure count towards FAR?

Does anyone know if a deck ontop of an existing structure counts towards you FAR? Meaning is FAR cubic? We would look to build one on top of the mudroom space off the parlor level in our Bed Stuy brownstone and before we submit plans Im curious what other have experienced.

Building Code July 2, 2015 at 9:53 am

Roof access door- can it be locked from outside or against code?

We have a full bulkhead with standard stairs to the rooftop.
It is a standard full-size metal door which is always unlocked, both from the inside and outside.
I realize it obviously needs to be unlocked from the inside for egress, but does it need to be unlocked from the outside? It just would allow anyone from a neighboring building to come into our building via the rooftop.

Is there a code that covers this?
Does it need to be open so firefighters can get in if needed to access from another building?

Any thoughts?

Roofers July 2, 2015 at 8:34 am

shutter installer

Hi: I would like recommendations for someone who can install window shutters; some are original; some were missing and had them made. thanks
terryhoppy@gmail.com

Landmarks July 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Landmarks question – windows back of the house

i am hoping someone can shed some light on this for me… I submitted my application for new windows in my kitchen for both the side of my house (visible from the street) and the back of the house (not visible from the street). Both windows are the same, matching non-original windows. The one in the back I want to swap out for windows and a door [this is in order to use a mudroom to be converted to a powder room]. This is where I am confused – they said ok to change the windows visible from the street but they think the back window is original and don’t want it changed. They are the same windows, and they approved the change of the one visible from the street (and I have the tax photo from 1940 that shows the original).
This is the only option for me to put in a powder room (highly desirable with 2 small kids and no 1st floor bathroom). do I have my architect call them, arrange a site visit, have a hearing? I was told a site visit can uncover work done by the prior owner that may be a violation (such as replacing those original windows). am i opening up a can of worms?
What would be the best way to go about this? thanks!

Moving and Storage July 1, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Self Storage for an entire house items?

I want to know if self storage services like jiffy storage or Migson storage in Toronto provide storage for entire items of a house at a time. Do they provide any kind of moving service? My hubby and I just sold our house after we bought a new house a few streets away. The new house needs a little renovation and we expect it to take about a month for it to finish. Also, we are visiting our parents in next province during this time. So we want to store a lot of household items for about a month until our new house is finished. Any suggestions/advice for us?

Locksmith and Security July 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Deadbolt replacement

Need to replace a deadbolt on our apartment entry door, and maybe the knob and lock below? Any reliable recommendations on this?

About Brooklyn July 1, 2015 at 11:52 am

Gowanus Houses – Bond St.

Hello –
I am guessing this is an often-discussed topic, and apologize for the repetitiveness in advance.

we’re considering a place on Bond St., across from Gowanus Houses, the notorious housing projects.

Having lived in a (kind of) rough neigborhood in San Francisco before we are currently on the UWS… are somewhat familiar with the feel and the issues.

Question to brownstoners:
How bad is Bond side of the projects, and the area around the projects in general?
Can you walk home late at night from the subway or you will forever feel unsafe?
Are there gunshots and sirens every night etc.?
What do you think about the future and the impact on property values going forward (forever problematic? no?)

Many thanks!

Marble July 1, 2015 at 11:43 am

marble floor polishing

I have two small bathrooms each with 12″ marble tile (one: honed Creme Marfil/one polished Emperador) and I’d like to have someone in to buff both floors. Would love your recommendations, o great forum!

Thank you!

Cleaning and Maid Services July 1, 2015 at 11:35 am

Recommendations for Sewage Cleanup

My neighbor’s waste line cracked and in the weeks it took to come to that conclusion, I’ve had seepage in my basement. They’re repairing the line now and I need to have an environmental cleanup done to abate any waste/bacteria etc. I’d love recommendations; I can’t find anything in the archives. Also, is this my neighbor’s expense?

Thanks all!

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