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About Brooklyn March 3, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Looking for Off-Market Listings


I currently run a business called, where we help connect investors to properties that fit their criteria. I am seeking off-market listings across Brooklyn to build upon the information I already have available. Does anybody have potential listings or know of a good source?

Thank you so much,

Brownstone Renovation March 3, 2015 at 9:33 am

Anyone have experience using Orchester Management Company?

As the title suggests, we are bidding out our townhouse renovation and are looking for any references for Orchester Management Company. They provided us with three who all came back fine, but obviously they would only provide positive references. Anyone here on Brownstoner used/heard of Lisa and her team?

For Sale March 3, 2015 at 9:04 am

Oriental Iranian Ahar-Heriz 10.3'x14' – $3000

Iranian Ahar-Heriz10.3″x14′
Hand woven Reg#31568
Purchased from Jacobsen rugs in Syracuse NY (they are still in business today) 1972

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For Sale March 3, 2015 at 9:02 am

Faber Stainless Steel Ductless Vent Grate Kit – $100

Faber Stainless Steel Ductless Vent Grate Kit DUCTGRT36


Works with Faber Magnum Pro-Style Under-Cabinet Hood.
We installed it for a day and decided that we would vent the hood.
Never took of the protective wrap.

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For Sale March 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

5 sheets 1/2" Baltic birch

5 sheets 1/2″ Baltic birch $200
Bought extra sheets from Rosenzweig Lumber and don’t need them.

Brownstone Renovation March 3, 2015 at 7:47 am

Brownstone extension

I have a mixed use building sitting on a 21×98 lot. I would like to extend the commercial space to the back yard and add about 500sq ft (the far allows me to add 700+ sq ft). The building does not sit on a historic block.

Does anyone know how much such an endeavor would cost? and how long it will take?

Thank you

Chimney and Fireplace March 2, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Antique Marble Fireplace Mantle forsale

Original Marble fireplace and mantle for sale, including iron trim and center medallion. Original from 1908 Brooklyn townhouse. White & gray.

The first picture shows what it looks like after stripping paint and assembled. The one we are selling is from an upstairs apartment. It is disassembled and is painted, so you would need to strip the paint and attach it.

email me at mslimotte AT gmail DOT com

Dimensions: 62.5″ x 45.5″

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About Brooklyn March 2, 2015 at 7:17 pm

cost to renovate broken down

I am trying to figure out the cost of renovating a brownstone into 2 versus 3 units. In order to really run the numbers I am trying to find ball park costs for the following – they will be strictly rental units:
1)New kitchen including dishwasher/fridge/oven/micro/cabinets, drawers and counter tops.
2) new bathroom with stall shower
3) updating electric – adding a meter if make it a 3 family. Currently have 70 AMPS want to update to 200
4) New roof
5) new plumbing – pipes are in need of replacement
6) sanding and re finishing wood floors
THe ceilings are stained from a prior leak and the walls need to be skim coated or stripped down to original brick – I would not consider it a total demo of the walls – just fixing them up.
Thank you!

About Brooklyn March 2, 2015 at 7:11 pm

No icard / No C of O

We are about to purchase a brownstone. It has been taxed as a 3 family forever. NYC Dept of Finance website listing says Units: 3 residential. It is listed on the HPD website as a 2 story, 3 A unit structure. I went to HPD on Joralemon and Euclid and they told me there is no icard in existence. There is no C of O. Where else can I look to see if this is a legal 3? If it is recognized as a legal 3 and I am doing renovations (new electric, new roof, new plumbing,) will I have to bring it up to sprinkler code or is just a reno of an existing 3 family that is “grandfathered” in? If I know there are similar questions on this site but I have not seen one exactly like this

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling March 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Cabinet Painting?

Hello All,

I’m towards the end of a DIY kitchen reno. I have newly built cabinet doors that I need professionally painted. I’m a pro at google, but I’m having a hard time finding a local (ideally Queens, close Long Island or Brooklyn) paint shop that specializes in cabinet door painting. Any suggestions?

For those curious, the doors are from, which builds doors to fit Ikea cabinets.


For Sale March 2, 2015 at 11:12 am

Clawfoot Bathtub for sale $100/ Pedestal Sink for sale $50

Claw foot tub and antique pedestal sink for sale. tub is metal, needs repainting. Measures 58W x 22D x 20 high. $100

Sink measures 32H x 2W x 20D white. $50

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Roofers March 2, 2015 at 9:39 am

Tenant snow shoveling?

I have a tenant who has exclusive use of the stoop and separate entry through the parlor level (I live on the garden level). I shovel the stairs after every snow. There are times when it’s difficult for me to get to it early enough in the morning.

There is no specific language in the lease around snow removal. Liability issues aside, what do people usually do about snow shoveling? Do you leave it to your tenant to shovel, even if only sometimes, or do you make it 100% your responsibility as the landlord?


Roofers March 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Seismometer to monitor construction vibration

Two neighboring properties are about to undergo construction. The contractor for both houses also last year constructed a house on a property about 90′ from our house and used a pile-driving method to put corrugated sheet metal “walls” in the ground to save on the foundation pouring and underpinning. It’s faster and hence cheaper for the contractor since they can do their pour in a week instead of two months, or that’s what I was lead to believe.

Anyway, when they were driving those sheets or piles (not sure), our house was shaking. Mind you its a 12-year old house with brick/masonry construction. We noticed our plaster crown moldings were separating from the ceiling and walls, nails started popping up through sheetrock walls’ paint, cracks started appearing in the masonry, etc.

We brought our insurance company down to inspect the damage, but of course they blamed it all on just our perception noticing the damage only after the construction was taking place and that this was just normal wear-and-tear and the settling of our house.

Furthermore, they claim that the contractor’s noise and construction vibration was all within city regulations as per the contractors records. Maybe they’re right? Or maybe they just didn’t want to accept that our house was damaged from the construction and pay up? (Of course whenever we poked our head by the site, we noticed that their vibration equipment was always mysteriously lying on its side, as though somebody accidentally knocked it over and never remembered to correct that.)

In any case, we want to monitor the upcoming construction to make sure that its within regulation and we need our own monitoring equipment that won’t be “accidentally” tampered with by the the contractor. Any ideas where we can buy or lease that?

I suppose we will now photo-document our entire property, being that we just spent around 30k so far repairing porch, steps and house masonry, repairing cracked paint all over the home, reaffixing moldings, etc.

Am I missing any other precautionary measures we could take?

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling March 1, 2015 at 4:08 am

Recommendations needed — architect for kitchen renovation

Hi all,

I’m looking for recommendations for an architect to design the plans for my kitchen gut renovation that I can bid out to general contractors (the renovation will include pulling down a wall, which will also necessitate changing some electrical wiring, which is why I’ll need an architect), file the plans with DOB, perhaps suggest some good sources for materials, and check in on the work of the contractors at some point to ensure everything is being built according to specifications. I have a clear idea of what I want design-wise but it would be great if a creative architect could point out things I hadn’t thought about in order to maximize the space and make it more functional. I’m looking for someone who charges a reasonable rate or is willing to work on an hourly basis since the work will not be that involved. I’m working with a tight budget and can’t go much beyond $5000 for architect services.

I’d love recommendations–not from architects directly offering their services–but from site users who have worked with architects on their kitchen remodels.

Many thanks in advance!

Construction February 28, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Replacing Wooden Deck

I need to replace my wooden deck on the parlor floor extension. I’ve had the old deck removed and replaced the underlying roof. I’d like the deck to be built with modules so the roof underneath can be patched if necessary. Any suggestions?

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