Friday, March 18, 2011

Go Green!

Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill, together with the FAB Business Alliance, will give out Free Trees — March 26,
10a.m. to 12 noon, Putnam Triangle at Grand Ave. and Fulton St.
First come, first served ‘til they run out. Smaller flowering
species for planting on private property (not street tree pits.
For more information contact:
Rain date March 27.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

RE/MAX is Wack (just for laughs)

Cyber Grilling

I n an industry enamored of the latest and greatest technological tools—apartment-hunting iPhone apps, open-house check-ins on Foursquare, doormen who tweet—one agita-building convention remains a digital-age holdout: the co-op-board interview. Titans of industry and budget-minded first-time buyers alike have long been forced to submit to the traditional, in-person once-over. But that paradigm is being challenged. The Times recently reported that an uptown couple sat for an interview via Skype last fall, and last December, a West Village co-op followed suit. Warburg Realty broker Leslie Lalehzar reports that a couple seeking a rental passed muster at the co-op after meeting board members not in the flesh but via a webcam. They were in Europe and were eager to line up a place since they were expected Stateside in the New Year. After a previous rental applicant failed to make the cut, Lalehzar, who represents the homeowners, pulled a brand-new trick out of her bag: a Skype interview (“We needed candidates who could pass the board,” she explains).

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Cyber Grilling
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