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dear wise brownstoners,

we’re beginning a gut renovation and we’re concerned about infant/toddler lead exposure. paying 1,000 to test for it seems silly since we know we have it.

i’ve been told it’s the responsibility of our gc to assure it’s removed during construction. so if we have a lead inspection after construction is completed and it’s positive, what then? does our gc have any responsibility to assure it’s removed?

i also know there are companies that do lead abatement. is there any sense in having this done prior to construction? (we are doing asbestos abatement)

could any of you share wisdom on this? (and if you’d please withhold the “don’t worry about lead” commentary i’d appreciate it)

many thanks

Anyone have info on the route and planning process for the part of the brooklyn greenway that will run past the greenwood area- hamilton ave to 3rd ave from prospect avenue to sunset park? The documents don’t indicate this area as being clearly part of the gowanus or the sunset park planning stages. Are there any greenwood community organizations that are taking an active interest? Any help/info would be appreciated.


Center for the Sustainable Built Environment at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and Cleantech Corridor present a panel discussion and networking event.

Date: Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
Time: 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Location: 60 Washington Square South, NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor
(between Thompson and LaGuardia Street)

Topic: The primary focus of the panel is to discuss the use of and the incentives for white vs. green roofs, and network with developers, architects, construction companies, and others.

We will be joined by some of NYU’s esteemed faculty, NYSERDA, as well as several companies experienced with working solutions.

Please see for more information.

After seeing the cleanup that my neighbor does with his tree, can I suggest the kind of tree that i want, or is it what they give me. I saw that they already spray painted the border on the sidewalk. I sent in teh request about 6 months ago, and I’m surprised they responded so fast. Im excited.


A bank (as a mortgage condition) is insisting I have an above ground encased oil tank pressure tested. How much should this cost and does anyone have a recommendation for a company or individual that will do this? Many thanks.


Hey all. We’re waiting out a DoB permits nightmare in a house that will ultimate get gut renovated. We do not have hot water right now and need it. Does anyone have any suggestion about low-cost temporary options that rely on electricity, and could be installed without hard wiring? Thanks.


We’re negotiating a coop in a big prewar building and I’m wondering about lead paint. It seems like for a rental there are disclosure requirements. What about for a sale? The building is pre-war, so there’s obviously a risk that lead paint is present. The unit is renovated and doesn’t have any peeling paint. If we do find lead paint, what kind of ballpark are we looking at to abate it? We don’t have kids now but we plan to one day, and this is where we’d raise them.

Thoughts? Thanks!

PS. Yes … I did ask about engineering inspections earlier.

PPS. We’re probably retaining our trusty attorney today so we’ll ask him, too. Promise.


I’m attending the NY Passive House Meetup this Sunday – Aug.8th in Park Slope. I believe this is Park Slope’s first Passive House project. To register for this MeetUp go to this link:

NY Passive House (NYPH) Meetup: New York City

New York, NY
1,645 NYPH Supporters

The NY Passive House (NYPH) Meetups are organized by NYPH members, working to promote a healthy, comfortable and energy-efficient built environment through the promotion of th…

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Lead Paint…All should be aware by now of the EPA RRP rules and regulations regarding lead paint. This is coming like a freight train and its effecting contractors and property owners like never before. Two great resources to be aware of… and