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Google Group

February 11, 2009

There is now a google group set up for tenants – click here to join.

Electricity Bills

August 5, 2008

Anyone having issues – my latest is $479!! I’m digging into this – but I presume something is wired up badly.

Initially my apt was associated with the wrong meter – and  I was getting billed for an empty apt (btw – empty apt was $30/mth not sure how that’s possible)  when they tried to cut off power to that apt – it shut off mine, and I was without for 24hrs. They got power back on (Coned blamed the builder and vice versa of course..) and alleged to have fixed everything. However today is my first ‘clean’ bill – the rest are a combination of undercharging, catchups, & estimates…

I have the same usage patterns as my old apt in the city (and more energy efficient devices) and that was around $100/mth. The only difference is the AC unit – but i don’t believe it can account for the balance of $379..

Air conditioning problem..

July 17, 2008

The AC in my apt  is  working in the bedrooms but not in the living room.  I’m on the A line – maybe just a problem on that line ?  Anyone else having AC problems ?  I have not had any success in getting a response re this or my punch list items..

Punch Lists

July 17, 2008

I have many outstanding items on my punch list – and I’m not getting any response – anyone else in the same boat ? This is taking too long – it’s almost 4 mths for me now..

Wish list #2

July 1, 2008

This may be a big deal to fix – but it seems like it would make more sense if the door to the trash/recycling room on each floor opened out instead of in. On my floor it is usually open – and is the first thing guests see when stepping out of the lift! Typically it’s open because once there are few items stacked up the door tends to have to stay open so you can get stuff in – and the super can get stuff out. This has been made worse due to all the chute blockages -but still seems like it could be a good idea anyway.

Bedford Ave Car Free – 4 Saturdays This Summer

July 1, 2008

For four consecutive Saturdays beginning on July 19, Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg will be closed to cars from Metropolitan Avenue to North Ninth Street from noon to 7 p.m.

More info here & here.

Pool events

June 7, 2008

Looks like – free pool party (bands) on Sundays & free movies on Tuesdays throughout July & August. Then a few other $ bands on various days throughout Jul & Aug.

Food/drink, lawn chairs are prohibited, and they are selling hot dogs & beer inside.

Here is the link – http://www.mccarrenpark.com/

Summary of what the schedule looks like so far.

Tue, Jun 10 Band – Death Cab For Cutie – Show at 7PM – 42
Fri, Jun 20 Band – Gogol Bordello – Doors at 6PM – 35
Thu, Jun 26 Band – Devo – Show at 6PM – 52
Sun, Jun 29 Pool Party – Hold Steady – 2pm-dusk – Free
Sat, Jul 05 Band – Armin van Buuren – 4:30PM – 40
Sun, Jul 06 Pool Party – Ronnie Spector – 2pm-dusk – Free
Tue, Jul 08 Movie – Wet Hot American Summer – sunset – Free
Sun, Jul 13 Pool Party – Headline: TBA & Matt + Kim – 2pm-dusk – Free
Tue, Jul 15 Movie – The Virgin Suicides – sunset – Free
Thu, Jul 17 Band – DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist – 6:30PM – 35
Sun, Jul 20 Pool Party – Liars – 2pm-dusk – Free
Tue, Jul 22 Movie – Desperately Seeking Susan – sunset – Free
Fri, Jul 25 Band – Ween – Show at 7PM – 37.5
Sun, Jul 27 Pool Party – MGMT – 2pm-dusk – Free
Sun, Aug 03 Pool Party – Black Lips – 2pm-dusk – Free
Tue, Aug 05 Movie – 28 Days Later – sunset – Free
Thu, Aug 07 Band – The Black Keys – 6.30pm – 29.5
Sun, Aug 10 Pool Party – TBA – 2pm-dusk – Free
Tue, Aug 12 Movie – Blue Velvet – sunset – Free
Wed, Aug 13 Band – Wilco – Doors at 5pm – 39.5
Sun, Aug 17 Pool Party – Aesop Rock – 2pm-dusk – Free
Tue, Aug 19 Movie – Velvet Goldmine – sunset – Free
Sun, Aug 24 Pool Party – tba – 2pm-dusk – Free
Tue, Aug 26 Movie – Rushmore – sunset – Free

Cleaner / Housekeeper

May 3, 2008

Can any recommend a cleaner /housekeeper service?

thx in advance.

First homeowners meeting recap

May 1, 2008

Sam from Highview chaired last nights meeting – it seemed pretty well attended – but for those who missed it – a brief recap:

* A number of people volunteered to be on the 5 person board – and all present cast votes.

* Sam mentioned that despite the hot water going out several times our heating maintenance people believe there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the hot water system – it is just somehow getting switched off. They are locking that area down for a period of time to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

* There was some discussion about issues people were having in their apartments, and issues with the common areas & building in general. Sam said the sponsor has assured him that the key things that need fixing are in progress.

Next steps – on Friday  Sam will send out an email advising who the elected board members are  then at some point the board will set up the first meeting.

Installation Tips /Questions ?

April 8, 2008

Onetwo just had a great tip re drilling into the slate tiles in the bathroom (copied  below).

The only thing I’ve discovered is that (i think) we have metal studs (instead of wood). I’m about to try and wall mount a TV (if anyone on the A line happens to have already discovered where the studs are in the master bedroom – that would be awesome! )

“To drill into the slate walls in the bathroom, you will need a diamond or carbide
tipped drill bit.  When drilling be careful not to put too much pressure on the
drill bit or you may crack the tile–let the bit do the work for you.  Also, if you
keep the tile and bit cool with water the bit will last longer.   It takes a while
to get through the tile, so be patient. Finally, use hollow wall anchors to keep
your fixtures in place.

I installed several fixtures in my bathroom without cracking any tiles–good luck!”