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Re: Where to buy leather products such as dyes, leather glue, etc?
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@JerseyCityFrankie - thank you!!! I'll go check it out!!!

Posted on: 5/7 19:35
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Re: Where to buy leather products such as dyes, leather glue, etc?
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Thanks - i'll check it out.

Posted on: 5/6 20:13
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Where to buy leather products such as dyes, leather glue, etc?
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Hi all - I have a few handbag repair projects that been sitting there for a while, and I think it's time I finally get to them. I need to get some leather related products as leather glue, dyes, conditioner/balm, etc (to repair a rip job, and dye another badly discolored bag).

Are there any such places in NYC (perhaps in the garment district somewhere?), or NJ (as long as it's public transportation accessible), that I can go to? I've found a few online places to make the purchase. However, if I can buy them "locally", I'd prefer to do that.

Thank you in advance!

Posted on: 5/5 18:01
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Re: Homeowner's Insurance
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@MDM: are there good books, blogs or discussion forums that you recommend for wanna-be future real estate moguls?

I'm very new to real estate / landlord thing, but want to read more about it to educate myself - so one day when I do have the capital, I can invest - and do it right!!!

You sound like a pro - can you recommend a few learning resources for newbies???

TIA!

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NJ Manufacturer's insures homes up to 2 family in size. I had them when I lived in a 2 unit. No issues and very comprehensive coverage.

I use them for "renters" insurance since I technically rent from my LLC. They even give me earthquake coverage.

Posted on: 3/29 22:43
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Re: Homeowner's Insurance
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Just wondering:

for a three bedroom, 1300 sq ft apartment in an old brownstone walk-up building, how much would insurance be roughly?

I understand it would vary depend on a lot of different things, but just want a ball park figure for how much the basics would be.


Posted on: 3/29 17:26
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Re: FSBO 1Bd @ GullsCove South Facing
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Post flyers around the neighborhood?

Also, all the parks have bulletin boards - post a flyer there too.

Do you plan on doing open house by yourself on weekends? Perhaps that would be useful too?

Good luck!

Posted on: 3/28 15:42
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Re: Water damaged wall and ceiling
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Makes sense - I'll do that. Thank you!

Just wondering: is there a downside to notifying my own insurer and it ended up not doing anything (i.e. the unit above ends up paying for everything)?

Does it put a "dent" on my insurance record (like car insurance)?

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Not sure how bad the damage is. You should give notice to your insurer. Unless you know for sure the cause of the leak or what's covered I'd err on the side of reporting to the condo's liability insurer. Generally, you job right now is to make sure you give notice directly to the insurers. Let them tell you their policies don't cover. Not your job to figure it out right now.

Posted on: 3/26 16:16
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Re: Water damaged wall and ceiling
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Is the "management company's insurer" the condo association's insurer? Sorry, never done this before, so not sure who's who.

Also, should I also notify my own insurance co? If the owner of the leak or his insurance company doesn't come through and cover everything, wouldn't I go through my own insurance co. to chase them?

Not clear why the condo assoc's insurance would come in - as I thought they cover "common elements" only?


thanks for any clarification!!!

Posted on: 3/25 8:24
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Re: Water damaged wall and ceiling
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Ok - now management is telling me the owner with the leak has involved his insurance company, and therefore an agent will be coming out to inspect the damages.

Has anyone dealt with insurance agents on such matters before?

Any advice on how to deal with them? What to watch out for?

This is SOOOOOOOO stressful!!!!!!

Posted on: 3/24 18:09
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Re: Water damaged wall and ceiling
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OK - so the management company sent over a contractor to look at the damage. He claims that it's what they call a "flash flood/leak", and there's no ongoing humidity, and therefore they don't expect any mold. he recommends just doing a paint-over with stain remover/primer/paint.

I'm not sure if I can believe him!?!?!?!

The management co. also told me that it was a toilet overflow (it was a lot of water!!! Started in 4th flr and went down all the way to 1st - not sure if a toilet can overflow that much!?!?!?), so it's a one-off and not an ongoing issue.

There's no window in the bathroom, but there's an exhaust fan that pipes to the outside.

Posted on: 3/24 10:00
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Re: Jury duty questions
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I was called to jury duty last year, for two days. On first day, got there on time and waited until around 10am, where about 100 of us were called upstairs for a case. We sat in that room for an eternity while waiting for the lawyers to weed through the the pool of potential jurors. after about 2.5 hrs of that, having gone through about 70 potential jurors, they finally got their quorum of 12 jurors, and the rest of us - about 15 left - got sent back (I was lucky to got called towards the end of the queue).

Since it was already around 1pm at that point, we were told to take an hour lunch break, then go back to the waiting room. Got back to the waiting room after lunch, and luckily did not got called again.

At around 4pm, one of the folks came out and told us we're done for the day, and no need to go back the next day.

Make sure to bring a lot of stuff to entertain yourself.

Good luck!!!


Posted on: 3/23 12:02
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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: 3/22 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: 3/22 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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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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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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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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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:

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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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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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