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Architectural Salvage October 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Lovely mantle with over mantle mirror for sale

I would love to sell this large mantle/overmantle mirror. It is in excellent condition. Measures about 88″ over all, 60″ wide and opening is approximately 42″ square. $1,000 obo. Pick up from midtown Manhattan. More pictures available. Thanks!

Brownstone Renovation October 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Brownstone Facade Work in Bed Stuy

Hi All,

I bought a Brownstone at 313 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 2 months ago.

The Facade is in terrible shape after I had it power washed to see what it looks like under the paint.

I am getting quotes to redo the entire Facade and stoop, including scraping and repainting the cornice as well as preserving the decorative elements.

I have been getting several quotes. One by Excellent for $75k, etc.

I am thinking of using a company called “Progressive Contracting.” They came in around $58k, but that would include redoing the front yard cement, scraping the iron gates and repainting, etc.

Their website is

Has anyone used them? I can’t seem to get enough reviews to make a decision.

Renovation October 30, 2014 at 10:14 am

GC recommendations?

I am looking to do some work on my house in Park Slope and would love to get recommendations from anyone who has had good recent experience with a general contractor. The work I’m looking to do is to create a rental unit (my house is already a legal 2 family) and involves:

- building an external staircase to the parlor floor and recreating the doorway (now a window)

- building a wall that divides the parlor floor in half and creating a kitchen in the new unit

- painting, moving a washer/dryer, some electrical work.

My area is not landmarked (yet). Any thoughts would be appreciated.

About Brooklyn October 30, 2014 at 9:55 am

Hot water heater

Mine started making thumping noises last night. Did it again this a.m. & now the hot water is coming out rusty. Think I should shut it down & get a new one installed? Current one was put in in 1997. (I know: it’s lasted a very long time.)

About Brooklyn October 30, 2014 at 8:37 am

Take Care Central Brooklyn NYC

In 2004, the Health Department created a citywide health policy called to help improve the health of New Yorkers. TCNY identifies 10 key areas that cause significant illness and death but can be improved through intervention by individuals, health care providers, government agencies, and other organizations.

This report examines how well Central Brooklyn residents are doing on health indicators for each of the 10 TCNY goals. It examines areas in which the community is a health leader, as well as areas that need improvement. The TCNY report card below shows where Central Brooklyn ranks among all 42 New York City neighborhoods. (See Technical Notes for information about how neighborhoods were defined and ranked.)

Take Care New York report card
Central Brooklyn ranks below average on half of the indicators when compared to the 41 other NYC neighborhoods –


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About Brooklyn October 30, 2014 at 8:03 am

Custom glass

A friend of mine needs 2 pieces of 1/4 inch tempered texture or ripple glass cut in 11” diameter circle. Do you know anyone who could do it?

Brownstone Renovation October 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Nest protect up to code in NYC?

We are installing a new fire/CO system (hardwired) and wanted to go with the Nest system but were told it might not meet NYC fire code. Anyone know if this is true (or false?)


About Brooklyn October 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Intercom for a three family

I’m looking for a company that sells and installs intercoms suitable for a 3 family brownstone. Nothing fancy just a buzzer and intercom in each unit- no automated door openers or anything like that.

Roofers October 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Waterproofing Basement

I periodically get water in the cellar of my brownstone during heavy rains (appears to be coming from the front of the house near the coal chute).

Can anyone recommend contractors to diagnose this problem and waterproof the cellar?

Please no posts from contractors promoting their own services. Thanks!

Roofers October 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm

House cleaner

We need a house cleaner (service) that can clean painted woodwork that goes almost to the ceiling. Need to have the hole house done. Any suggestions?

Heating October 29, 2014 at 9:56 am

Burnham steam heater – Water issue

Attempted to turn on my heating system last night. I drained some water out of the system and then added water back in (believe it is an automatic water system). It appeared that the furnace turned on and then water gushed out of the boiler system. Water also leaked out of the nearest radiators. About to call a plumber to take a look but was hoping to get some feedback as I am fearing the worst.
Thanks in advance for the help.

Lawyers and legal service October 28, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Attorney for Contractor Dispute


We are in need of legal advice concerning next steps with our contractor, who has failed to complete his contract and did a poor job on the projects he did work on. Does anyone have any recommendations for someone who could give us good initial advice and, if necessary, take the dispute to litigation?

Thanks in advance.

Heating and Cooling October 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm

In search of new steam heat specialist

We moved to a new place this year and the heating system clearly needs to be rebalanced (banging, knocking, the whole lot). In our old coop, we had been using Gateway for the past 10 years and loved working with them. However, we haven’t been able to get them to respond to our phone calls this time around. We keep getting promised to receive a return phone call “in 10 mins” or “tomorrow”, but to no avail. Maybe they aren’t taking “new” customers, but at this point we’re looking for another referral. We’re well aware of the need to have someone that is very familiar with steam heat, so hoping to get some other steam specialist names from this community.

Brownstone Renovation October 28, 2014 at 5:36 pm

DOB Structural Inspections Quote

Appropriate range of fees for Structural Special Inspections required by DOB?
Just received a quote for 18,000 to inspect gut renovation of townhouse (new stairs, bulkhead, roof, rear facade, floors). This is in addition to not inclusive of separate Structural Engineers quote (which is about the same) for drawings/inspections.
Any guidance would be appreciated.

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling October 28, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Kitchen/bathroom update newbie

I am in the process of closing a coop in Brooklyn. Once closed, the plan is likely to have mostly cosmetic work done in kitchen and bathroom, and painting the walls. Here’s what I am thinking:

- New cabinets and additional cabinets is a possibility as I have a decent size kitchen passthrough
- New Backsplash
- New countertop
- New faucets

- Replace wall tiles
- New vanity
- New faucets and shower heads

My question is
- Do I need to hire a designer before I start looking for contractors?
- What is a good process to follow?
- How long does it usually take?


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