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Re: Water damaged wall and ceiling
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@Jerseymom - thanks for the recommendation.

@jc2000 - thanks for the mention, but it was definitely a water leak. There was a pool of water in the bathroom when I discovered the problem. There are extensive water stains all over the ceiling and walls.

Posted on: Yesterday 19:21
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Water damaged wall and ceiling
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I have a quick question for the pros here - I have water damaged ceiling and walls in an apartment due to a leak from the unit above.

To repair those ceiling and walls, can one just "paint over" the stained areas?

Or is the proper way to remove the existing stained ceiling and wall parts, put on new drywall, then paint?

Also, the exhaust fan area was heavily stained (and I could tell that that's where a lot of the water dripped down, since the toilet below it is completely splattered, and the waste basket is half full with water). Should the exhaust fan be replaced due to potential water damage, and for safety measure?

Please help - and thanks!

Posted on: Yesterday 17:03
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Re: Nor'Easter - March 14, 2017
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I agree - the storm was made out to be such a big deal that it was too disruptive to many business and people.

I think the media should bear much of the blame too - they just love a dramatic headline!!!

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Mao wrote:
Well maybe you don't follow the weather. If you did, you would know that it is a science and there are protocols for making a forecast. NOAA computer guidance ensemble on late Sunday and early Monday showed the storm tracking 50 miles west. Now the narrative on the web site asserted that NOAA did not for some reason believe this. Yet, they posted for the first time, Blizzard warnings for northwest NJ and southern NY. This forecast was based on the new trajectory of the storm which would have the rain snow line right through NY city so that there would be no blizzard in NYC or Hudson County. ANd in fact, there was no blizzard. We got, instead, like eight inches of sleet. Tough stuff to shovel and tough stuff to take in the face. But it is an entirely different storm. Principally, it lacked 1. white out feature of blizzard which is very dangerous; 2. the drifting feature of a blizzard which is also dangerous. 3. the accumulation mark of a blizzard which is definitional. The civil authorities clearly overreacted- NOAA should have changed its forcast at noon on Monday. The blizzard warning should have been downgraded to a winter storm warning. NYC kids could have gone to school and the subways could have run, and it could have been legal to drive on the roads. Most things would have still been closed but it would not have been so hysterical. We're not DC for Pete's sake! So that is sort of fake news. Or at least NOAA not doing its job. I was actually kind of glad to hear it. I looked out at 3:00 am and saw that the snow was not sticking to the roads and wondered why when I opened NOAA it still said blizzard warning.

Posted on: 3/15 21:56
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Re: Newport Mall
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@anonymess what app do you use to reserve the seats? Also, do they charge a fee for doing that? thx.


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GrovePath wrote:
Malls are an out of date idea - but Newport Mall should close the food court and the movies - and mimic upscale malls like Shorthills.


I don't keep up to date on the subject and have no idea what is meant by malls being out of date. Having said that, I always hated malls and generally avoid them. That applies or has applied to the Newport Mall. It has always been ghetto, less so now, and I don't mean that in a racist sense.

HOWEVER, I am a huge movie fan and see a minimum of 1 movie per week. Since the renovation, the AMC at the mall is now among my favorite theaters in terms of comfort. That includes Manhattan, where I regularly see movies. It's too bad AMC's movie selection sucks and is limited. I'm in a position to see early weekday matinees when the theater is free of kiddies and nuisance. I for one, would be very unhappy to see the theater gone. Love that $6.49 early bird price.

Just make sure to use your smartphone get a reserved seat in advance and arrive 20 minutes after show time to avoid the commercials and previews. And bring your own jumbo drink to fit in the jumbo drink holder.

Posted on: 3/13 23:47
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Re: Question about management company
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Thanks for the replies so far.

My main question is: by changing the monthly maintenance fees without notification to all owners (as specified in the bylaws), wouldn't we be breaching our own bylaws???

I mean - are we trying to fix one breach (the inaccurate monthly fees) by breaking another rule in the bylaws (by not having proper notifications to everyone)?

PS @JadedJC - yes, we do have meeting minutes from that meeting, and it was distributed to all owners afterwards. But sounds like that wouldn't matter anyway, as we need to adhere strictly to the bylaws anyway?

Posted on: 3/3 16:01
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Question about management company
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I have a question about management company and if they can "adjust" monthly maintenance fees without condo assoc/board approval:

We live in a small condo building (5 units) and our management company recently discovered that our monthly maintenance fees are not split by percentage square footage (as stated in our bylaws). They immediately "adjusted" all our monthly fees according to % sqr footage, even though our condo board/assoc did NOT approve the adjustment. Actually, none of the owners were aware that the manage co was going to do it immediately. We did eventually held a condo owner's meeting and approved it about 2 months later.

So my question is - does the management company has a right to increase our maintenance fees WITHOUT our knowledge and approval, even though they're trying to comply to our condo bylaws?

Note: the previous maintenance fees was based on a calculation that was thoroughly discussed with all owners at the time, and all owners voted and approved the calculation and the final numbers - we have documentation and meeting minutes to prove this. Does it make it *legal* (even tho it's not according to bylaws)? The management company says that such arrangements are not legal, and makes the condo assoc liable for potential law suits where the owners who may have been over-paying can sue to get the over-payments back - and hence, the urgency to correct this asap!!!

But my concern is - doesn't all maintenance fee changes require notification to all owners, according to the bylaws? Doing it *immediately* without such notification - doesn't it break the rules in the bylaws???

Posted on: 3/2 10:54
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Re: Roof Leak - advice needed
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Besides Capital Roofing, any other recommendations?

Posted on: 2016/10/3 21:12
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Re: Roof Leak - advice needed
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Thanks for the feedback so far!!!

Any recommendations on a roofer who's good at finding and fixing leaks?

Also, any recommendations on a good mold inspection company?


Posted on: 2016/10/3 9:23
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Re: Roof Leak - advice needed
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I don't know how old the roof is, but was told by an inspector that it has 5-10 years left (that was about 2 yrs ago).

We lived here for about 10 yrs, and this is the first leak that we've encountered.

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MDM wrote:
How old is the roof?

I had to replace a roof last year. Where the leaks were and where the water came in were in entirely different locations. The water was traveling between the previous layers of roof that was installed over the years (7+ layers in my case).

Posted on: 2016/10/2 16:03
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Roof Leak - advice needed
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Need some advice here -

Background:
We live on the top floor of a small condo building. A leak started about 2.5 years ago, near the skylight in our bathroom. A roofer came at the time and replaced the skylight. However the leak came back during the next raining season.

Then the roofer came back and put rubber sealer around the skylight; recaulked the skylight, and many other things over the last 2.5 years. However the leak always come back at the next rainy season (spring, fall), and always leak in the same spot / area in our bathroom.

In spring this year, when the leaked returned, the roofer took a video and showed that there was a pool of water under the rubber sealer next to the skylight - while the roof was dry at that time. The roofer did more repairs at this time (supposedly dried up the water first, before the repairs).

The spot leaked again 2 days ago when it rained, but stopped yesterday when the rain stopped. However, yesterday, we notice water running down our hallway, on both sides of the wall, starting from outside that bathroom, extending about 10 feet down the apartment. The drip runs down about the top 1/3 of the wall, and didn't go any further down (and was dry by last night). And the drips are just lines of water, intermittent along the wall, not a "blanket coverage" of the entire hall way.

So obviously the leak looks much worse than we expected, and probably in an area that we/roofer didn't look at. The condo assoc is trying to get a new roofer to come now and look at the problem.

My questions are:
- throughout these time, we never opened our ceiling due to recommendation from our property management co (it's been sealed so long, you don't want to do that - all the dust and dirt may be bad for your health!!!). Should we have done that - from the very beginning?

- after seeing the video from spring with the water pooling, does it mean we may have mold up there now? I do not see yellow or water spots on the ceiling / walls so far (except for a few small bubbles in the paint that we observed yesterday in the ceiling).

- what other actions should we do now? Open up the ceiling??? Get a mold expert to come and take a look?

TIA.


Posted on: 2016/10/2 12:25
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Re: Here comes another one... Hurricane Matthew
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I also appreciate the heads-up that MDM provides - I rather know it earlier (and turns out to be nothing), than know it too late and get to Shoprite after they've run out of chicken!

Posted on: 2016/9/30 12:41
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Re: No Water in Hamilton Park
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Low pressure by VVP too.

Posted on: 2016/9/29 8:32
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Re: Bus options - from St Peter's Univ to City hall
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That's a brilliant idea!!! Thank you!!!!

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DanL wrote:
if you wait by the Grove St. PATH station, you can catch either bus, so no need to wait that long at that time of day.

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SRhia wrote:
I missed the Montgomery-West bus by 30 seconds today at 4:09, and had to wait until 4:45pm for the next one - and of course, was caught in the downpour for 15 min...

oh well, the joys of traveling by bus...

Posted on: 2016/9/14 22:16
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Re: Bus options - from St Peter's Univ to City hall
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I missed the Montgomery-West bus by 30 seconds today at 4:09, and had to wait until 4:45pm for the next one - and of course, was caught in the downpour for 15 min...

oh well, the joys of traveling by bus...

Posted on: 2016/9/14 21:03
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Re: Bus options - from St Peter's Univ to City hall
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Thanks for all the feedback so far - uber/lyft is definitely a great alternative.

Unfortunately, can't use the citibank option as I'll have two young kids, and I don't think biking up/down the hill in the dark (in the winter) is a good idea

Are there route maps for the Bergen jitney?

Posted on: 2016/9/14 13:33
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Bus options - from St Peter's Univ to City hall
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Hi Everyone - I need to go from around City Hall area to St Peter's Univ in the evenings on a weekday. Do you know what are my options?

I know there's the Montgomery West bus, which goes up/down Montgomery - which is the fastest. And then there's also the #80 bus, but takes much longer.

Are there other buses (or public transportation options)?

I'd like to avoid the PATH just because it's such a long walk to the PATH station.

TIA.

Posted on: 2016/9/14 8:08
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Re: Potential Hurricane on Sunday
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So which day is going to be worse: saturday or sunday?

Posted on: 2016/9/2 21:18
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Quote:

heights wrote:
Regular normal schedule to 33rd St. for this weekend and a holiday/Saturday schedule for Labor Day on Monday. The federal mandate project schedule sans the 33rd St line will resume the weekend after Labor Day


Thanks!

Posted on: 2016/9/1 12:49
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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But there is no service to 34th Str on saturdays (or sundays, for that matter), isn't that right? If there's no service to 34th, why would there be a "schedule" to 34th (or - could that "schedule" be trusted)?

This is so confusing...

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JCMan8 wrote:
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SRhia wrote:
Does anyone know what routes the PATH will be running this weekend?

I need to go into midtown this sunday, and I just checked PATH's holiday schedule - which says it'll be running a "Saturday schedule". Does this mean no direct service to 34th? Everything goes to WTC?

However, I just found this from their Weekend outage pdf:

The free shuttle bus will run every weekend through December 19, 2016, except for Labor Day (Sept. 3-5), Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11-13), and Thanksgiving (Nov. 24-27).
During those three holiday weekends, PATH will run regular holiday weekend service on all lines, and there will be no shuttle bus.



So - what is the "regular holiday weekend service"???


Seems you answered your own question. That link clearly states that there will be no shuttle this weekend, meaning there will be direct service to 33rd. By "Saturday schedule" I assume they mean the timing of the trains. It's different on Sundays.

Posted on: 2016/8/31 19:08
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Does anyone know what routes the PATH will be running this weekend?

I need to go into midtown this sunday, and I just checked PATH's holiday schedule - which says it'll be running a "Saturday schedule". Does this mean no direct service to 34th? Everything goes to WTC?

However, I just found this from their Weekend outage pdf:

The free shuttle bus will run every weekend through December 19, 2016, except for Labor Day (Sept. 3-5), Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11-13), and Thanksgiving (Nov. 24-27).
During those three holiday weekends, PATH will run regular holiday weekend service on all lines, and there will be no shuttle bus.



So - what is the "regular holiday weekend service"???

Posted on: 2016/8/31 18:21
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Re: Authenticating a notarized document
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I got everything done today!!! Just want to post a quick update if anyone's interested or will be doing something similar:

- I did the notary in NYC, at a bank (as suggested below) - fast and smooth, and saved a few bucks!

- Since I "executed" my power of attorney in NYC, I was able to go to NYC County Clerk (60 Center Str) and did the apostille at NYS DOS (123 williams Str). Took me about 3.5 hours - and that's only because I needed to visit each place twice. If I have everything with me, it probably would have taken less time. Both places were very well organized and used to dealing with crowds, so the lines were moving pretty fast. $3 per document (cash or credit accepted).

- For NYS DOS (dept of State) - make sure to bring personal check or money order. They don't take cash or credit cards. There's a post office to get money order about 2 blocks from there on John Str. $10 per document.


Posted on: 2016/8/11 19:22
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Re: Internet Connectivity only - what are my options?
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I have decided to "move in" again into my apartment and got comcast (as my husband is "moving out" at the same time)

My package is the Comcast Internet Pro Plus Duo Play - $61.xx total (including taxes and fees!!!) - my own modem, plus I got the non-HD set top box (the HD set top box will set you back $10 per month). 75MB internet, plus 45 crappy channels, plus HBO for a year (SHO could be added on for $5 a month).

I have google voice through OBI, that's free and just rides off my internet connection.

I also subscribe to Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu. With all these, I don't feel like I'm missing much TV.

I tried talking to verizon to see if they could lower their price - but their response was something like "we're more expensive because we're just so good". oh well...

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anonymess wrote:
After seeing some of the comments here, it seems like I am significantly overpaying for Verizon FIOS. I have Internet, TV and phone.

First let me ask... I would be very happy with getting TV thru an antenna. Problem is, although I live right by the river, my apartment faces west and the building obstructs the signal, at least with the antennae I tried. Is there a particular kind of antenna that would work under such circumstances? It has to be an indoor antenna. If so I assume I could find a way to get non-local and premium channels through other means. Or possibly do without. I can live without the phone.

I'm paying about $175/mo. to Verizon. I have and want SHO and HBO and I had no choice but to get an expensive TV package. [I have TiVo and use a cable card instead of a Verizon box.] Internet is 50mb, the maximum possible for where I live.

Does this seem ridiculously high?

Posted on: 2016/7/23 14:47
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Re: Internet Connectivity only - what are my options?
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And thanks for all the replies / suggestions so far. I'll try calling both Comcast and Verizon back and see how much wiggle room they can give

Posted on: 2016/7/19 14:05
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Re: Internet Connectivity only - what are my options?
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Quote:

brewster wrote:

Does that work? I know when you go to their sites they have every address and unit in their database.

I'd go FIOS anyway, the service is symmetrical. Unless comcast includes a DVR, that's value. I hate them both with a passion. I doubt there's any real reason basic broadband isn't half that, except that they can charge whatever they want and spend millions on ads but never, ever really compete on price.


I never changed my last name to my husband's, so it's actually helpful in this case. Last time we did this, we had Comcast cut the old service and start the new service on the same day - I just made up a story like "I'm taking over his lease at this rental apartment".

Posted on: 2016/7/19 14:04
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Re: Internet Connectivity only - what are my options?
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Hey neighbors!!! It's time for my yearly pilgrimage of looking up best Internet (and TV) packages as my yearly contract is up with my current provide, comcast, who refuses to extend my current pricing.

I've looked at both Comcast and Verizon and found the following "deals", but I want to see what others have gotten lately (and if I've missed a great deal!):

Verizon FIOS:
- Internet only: 50/50MB with a 2 yr contract, $50 first year, and $60 second year
- every 25MB step up in speed is another $10 extra per month
- Minimal taxes since this does not include TV / cable;

Comcast:
- 75MB internet + (roughly) 45 TV channels for $55 per month, 12 month "agreement"
- total with taxes and fees would be just under $62: even though there will be a set top box, the rep says there's no rental fee (probably an older model?).

We do mostly video streaming, up to 3 devices at a time. Don't need TV package, but if it's cheaper, wouldn't mind.

Right now, I'm thinking going with Comcast (signing up with a different name in the household).

Would love to hear what others are getting.

Posted on: 2016/7/18 22:55
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Re: Where to Watch the America’s Cup
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Quote:

07310 wrote:
I watched the boats go through their dry run of the course. The boats are sleek and amazing to watch when the rise up out of the water and sail over the surface like gliders.


Where do you think will be a good spot(s) to view it from the Jersey side this weekend? I've looked at the maps already, but want to hear from someone who's seen it in person as well.

TIA!

Posted on: 2016/5/6 20:04
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Re: Where to Watch the America’s Cup
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What's the best time(s) to watch Saturday or sunday?

Posted on: 2016/5/5 21:47
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Re: Authenticating a notarized document
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Thanks @Annod!

Posted on: 2016/5/4 22:17
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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wow, didn't think I'd see it in my lifetime...

Good news!!!

Posted on: 2016/5/4 17:43
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Re: Authenticating a notarized document
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Thanks @annod - I think that's what I'll do - ask a local notary public in NYC and see what they know.

Posted on: 2016/5/4 8:30
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