ETERNAL HOPE THIS SPRING

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Here’s a preview of my column for the May issue of Mann Report.  Happy Passover & Easter!   I’ve taken liberties with a line from Alexander Pope’s philosophical poem “The Essay on Man” for my title.  This spring, we’ve witnessed a new bounce in our residential marketplace along with a renewed buzz, increased activity and stabilizing prices.  As […]

She’s GREEN and she’s for PEACE

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Lucky us! Cooper Union is only a few blocks away.  Saturday evening, damp but enthusiastic, we arrived at the Great Hall (where Lincoln gave his speech opposing Stephen Douglas on the question of federal power to regulate and limit the spread of slavery) to hear Idith Meshulam and Ensemble Pi’s  exciting Concert for Peace and […]

GREENER AND CLEANER

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     Renovating my kitchen, I am determined to make it as green as possible. I fantasize that all my appliances will be paid for in one year with the money I will save on electric consumption by buying Energy Star rated appliances.   On the road to “greenhood” this morning I found myself at Green Depot, the […]

Co-Op Boards are getting stricter, based on unemployment uncertainties and rising carrying costs

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It’s an interesting time out there for co-op boards, to be sure.  While some are loosening their standards to attract more suitors, others are tightening them … the topic of this post.    What does tightening actually look like? Some are discounting buyer liquid assets based on market volatility and uncertainty.  This translates into shaving an […]