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My insurance company wants me to fill in the cracks in the sidewalk outside my brownstone; otherwise my policy is void. The joints between the flagstones just need some filling in – there are no cracks in the flagstones. If I were to fill in the sore joints with the correct coloring and composite, but not seek permission from the LPC (too much paperwork and the wait could be too long), could I really fall foul of the LPC or will it really care? Many thanks for your thoughts and advice

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Hi
I just attended a block association meeting where the residents are interested in putting planters out along the sidewalk. Does anyone know if any kind of permission is required for this? Plus, does anyone have any experience of doing this – positive or negative.
Thanks!

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Does anyone have an estimated cost for replacing a sidewalk in front of a brownstone? (we have to replace basically all the bluestone in front, a typical 20′ wide bldg). We got one estimate and it seemed really high. Also, anybody whose done this work have reccs for a contractor whose reasonable and does good quality work? Thanks!

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I see something similar was just posted but I have some additional questions…our 3-unit historic district co-op received a letter from our insurance carrier that we need to make some repairs to the sidewalk: first, the bluestone around the tree pit, which is buckling from tree roots (surprisingly, we have never received a violation from the city on this) and second, a small area of the non-historic concrete in our front trash area is cracked (but not loose, which doesn’t seem like much of a danger to anyone but whatever). My internet research thus far has confused me in terms of how we go about this in terms of Landmarks, Parks, DOT and a contractor. Do we need a Landmarks permit for all of this? A sidewalk design consultation with Parks for the enlargement of the tree pit (unfortunately, we are not eligible for the Trees and Sidewalks pilot program)? If so, do we coordinate these items or would the contractor? And finally, does anyone have any recommendations for a reliable contractor who can perform both the tree pit enlargement as well as replacing some concrete in the front yard in a historic district? Many thanks for any advice…

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I have read the threads about sidewalk repair from late last year but am looking for updates. Our insurer wants the sidewalk fixed on our single family home.
– is it better to go with the city to repair? If so, what kind of bill can we expect?
– any recs on contractors?
Thank you

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Hi, I just moved to Carroll Gardens.

I have been searching online (incl this site) for the closest parking garage but am coming up pretty empty in the surrounding areas…

Does anybody have any ideas? Any/all suggestions would be appreciated 🙂

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This week Con Ed re-poured 3 squares of cement on the sidewalk which they had torn up in front of my house in the course of some work. Con Ed’s contractor did that unannounced and left a wooden bridge over the fresh cement. Unfortunately, after they left, vandals left sneaker prints over all 3 squares and, more seriously, gouged the cement rather badly. I just got a phone message from Con Ed in response to my complaint saying simply that their contractor “completed the work” and Con Ed would not redo it. My position is that until the sidewalk is poured and dried, the work was not completed, and that the vandalism could not have occurred unless Con Ed’s repair work was not yet dry, and therefore not yet complete. Moreover, I think the gouged part could be considered a hazard.

Has anyone had any experience with this sort of thing? I am wondering not only whether they can be forced to repair the sidewalk again, but whether they can be forced to re-pour it rather than simply cement on ugly patches.

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I want to add a curb cut to my side lot. Read the regulations, and it looks like aside from the survey you can do the plans and permit yourself.

My architect wants $3k, which seems too high by a factor of five or six, considering it doesn’t include the survey or actual work.

Is drawing the ‘plan’ for DOB here really as simple as marking up a survey with where the cut is going to go?

Or should I try to negotiate with or find another architect?

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So, I’m wondering if I can do anything about my neighbors who don’t shovel their snow. As in, they haven’t shoveled after ANY of the storms we’ve had. This is a problem in front of at least four houses on our block, which have narrow paths of packed-down ice at least three inches thick. I have tried ringing the doorbells a few times but never get any answer. Our lazy-ass next door neighbors moved out without making any shovelling arrangements, so my husband and a couple of other neighbors have been cleaning that walk, but it’s pretty ridiculous for us to have to go up and down the entire block cleaning up after peoplewho don’t maintain their own property. I’m not really one for ratting people out for petty shit, but the situation is getting to the point where it’s genuinely dangerous (actually, it passed that point a while back). It’s especially aggravating because a) there are several elderly people on our block and it’s just a matter of time until one of them gets hurt, and b) there are several young men who go door to door here offering to shovel walks for $10. Is there anyone I can call about this situation, and is it likely to actually accomplish anything?

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Hey folks,

Some neighbors and I are looking for someone who can shovel our walks if it snows and we can’t. Some neighbors might be happy to pay the person to shovel every time it snows.

We’re in brownstones in Park Slope near Dizzy’s on 9th St (for a vague location). Anybody have someone who does this for you or your building? I’d love a recommendation from someone who uses the person they are recommending.

Maybe you’re in a multi-unit building and have someone who does this kind of stuff and could send them my way.

Thanks for any help.