NaBors News – March 2016

Repairs and maintenance

Shareholders often ask whose responsibility it is to repair and maintain things in their apartments. This is a reminder of how co-op versus shareholder responsibilities are broken down. For more information see our website, www.naborsapts.org; select “Repairs and maintenance” on the home page.

Basically, it boils down to the difference between inside and out. The shareholder is responsible for everything inside the apartment. This includes interior walls, floors, visible plumbing fixtures and gas lines, dripping faucets, running toilets, appliances, radiators etc. Although in the wall electrical wiring inside the apartment up to and including the breaker/fuse box is a shareholder responsibility.

The co-op is responsible for everything outside the apartment, including the common areas and building systems. Among these are heating equipment, water supply, plumbing lines within the walls, electrical risers up to but not including the breaker/fuse box in each apartment, etc. The shareholder is also responsible for any plumbing inside the walls that they have replaced as part of a renovation. This responsibility transfers from and to any new owner of the apartment.

If you need to have something repaired for which the co-op bears responsibility, please call the superintendent or place a written request in the communications box in the lobby of your building or under the super’s apartment door in 14 Bogardus Place. Renters/sublessees should contact their landlords for repairs inside their apartments.

Whom to contact

For general maintenance, repairs, etc. during working hours, contact our Super, Shahabudeen Hyatt, at +1 646 407-0018.

For complaints about neighbors, employees of the co-op or garage, to arrange alterations and renovations, etc., contact our Managing Agent, Justin Verret, Blue Woods Management Group, at +1 914 524-8600.

In case of emergencies:

An emergency is defined as an extreme condition that threatens the building or its residents. Please use common sense as to what constitutes an emergency.

Life-threatening emergencies: fire, smoke, medical emergency – 911 first, then call the Super.

Building emergencies: floods, gas odors, elevator breakdown with passenger inside, etc. – contact the Super, +1 646 407-0018; if he does not respond, call Blue Woods’ 24-hour emergency line, +1 914 524-8600 x9.

Laundry

Recently we have had a spate of personal property disappearing from the laundry rooms. In the 31–37 Nagle laundry room, only items in the “Give Away” area are available to be taken. Items elsewhere in the room are considered personal property and should be left in place. For security and safety reasons, we will be placing cameras in each of the laundry rooms shortly.

Please be vigilant about removing your laundry from the machines when it is done. If for some reason you cannot, it is acceptable behavior for another shareholder to carefully remove it. There is an app available which will tell you when your laundry is done—follow the instructions on the laundry vendor’s (Hercules) signs to set it up.

Please remember the laundry rooms are shared spaces; be considerate and neighborly when using these facilities.

Gym update

The gym is scheduled to be updated shortly. During the renovation it will be closed for approximately one week. There will be additional communications as information becomes available.

Roof project

As you know, the roof over the garage has been essentially inaccessible since it was repaired. We have been waiting for construction on the garage to finish (it’s done) before completing the space.

We hired landscape architects, Christian Duvernois Landscape (christianduvernois.com), to transform this space. Thanks to all of you who attended meetings (especially the Green Committee) and helped us with the design. View the plans for our wonderful new space on our website under “Latest news.”

An added bonus of selecting this company is that there is the potential in the future for a grant to renovate the lower area; we’ll keep you posted on this.

Christian Duvernois will start construction mid-late April, with a planned completion date prior to Memorial Day weekend. We hope to have a celebratory party to inaugurate it.

—Board of Directors