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Benjamin Fox Tracy Authors New York Law Journal Article on Appellate Division Decision Clarifying RPAPL § 881 Reimbursement Obligations

The Appellate Division, First Department recently issued an opinion in 1643 First LLC v. 1645 1st Ave. LLC attempting to reconcile conflicting decisions about a… Read More

Peter T. Salzler and Scott Greenspun Obtain Unanimous Decision from the First Department in Favor of Unit Owners Seeking to Compel Condominium Board to Hold Proper Elections

In March 2023, Peter Salzler and Scott Greenspun commenced an Article 78 proceeding against the Board of Managers of the Harborview Condominium on behalf of… Read More

Benjamin Fox Tracy Authors Law360 Article on New NYC Parapet Inspection Law

The New York City Department of Buildings recently enacted a new parapet inspection law, which will go into effect on January 1, 2024. The law… Read More

Tracy Peterson Featured in Law360 Pulse on Advice for New Lawyer Parents

There are numerous challenges that come with being both a parent and a lawyer. A report by the American Bar Association found that 70% of mothers… Read More

Five Braverman Greenspun Attorneys Recognized as 2023 Super Lawyers

Five Braverman Greenspun attorneys have been named to the 2023 New York Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in New… Read More

Braverman Greenspun Attorneys Featured in Habitat Magazine’s “Ask The Experts” Video Series on Issues Facing Condo and Co-Op Boards

Several Braverman Greenspun attorneys were recently featured in a video series titled “Ask the Experts” hosted by Habitat Magazine, one of the preeminent publications dedicated… Read More

Rob Braverman Recognized as a Notable Leader in Real Estate by Crain’s New York Business

Braverman Greenspun principal and managing partner Rob Braverman has been named a Notable Leader in Real Estate by Crain’s New York Business. This recognition highlights… Read More

Maria Boboris Featured in Crain’s New York Business on the Short-Term Rental Registration Law

Earlier this month, the New York County Supreme Court dismissed Airbnb’s challenge to New York’s Short-Term Rental Registration Law. The Law requires that hosts obtain… Read More

Kelly Ringston Featured in Cooperator News Article on the Importance of Governing Document Literacy

In the June 2023 edition of Cooperator News’ magazine, Kelly Ringston was quoted about the importance of governing document literacy and how buyers of co-ops,… Read More

Benjamin Flavin Discusses HDFCs on Habitat Magazine’s Legal Talk Podcast

Braverman Greenspun partner Benjamin Flavin was featured on Habitat Magazine’s Legal Talk podcast this week to speak about Housing Development Fund Corporations (HDFCs). Ben and… Read More

Rob Braverman Authors Article for Law360 on Determining the Best Format for Annual Building Meetings

Recent amendments to the Business Corporation Law and the Condominium Act have allowed New York City co-ops and condominiums to hold virtual meetings for shareholders… Read More

Benjamin Fox Tracy Secures Dismissal of State Division of Human Rights Complaint Against Condominium Board and Managing Agent

Ben Tracy successfully defended the Board of Managers (the “Board”) of the Aurum Condominium (the “Condo”) and Maxwell-Kates, Inc. (the “Agent”), the managing agent for… Read More

Benjamin Fox Tracy Discusses Mechanic’s Liens with Habitat Magazine

  Habitat Magazine invited Benjamin Fox Tracy to speak about strategies for residential co-op boards to address mechanics’ liens placed on their property by a… Read More

Benjamin Fox Tracy Successfully Prosecutes Contempt Motion, Securing Fines Exceeding $300,000, Including Attorney’s Fees, Against Neighbor Refusing to Comply With Court-Ordered License

The petitioner, a non-profit developer of an affordable housing project in Bronx County, obtained a court-ordered license to install certain protections on the respondent’s adjacent… Read More

Tracy Peterson and Maria Boboris Successfully Oppose Motions for Leave to Appeal to Court of Appeals

In a September 9, 2021 Order, the Court of Appeals denied leave to plaintiff-appellant, Adam Plotch, to appeal dismissal of claims he asserted against a… Read More

Tracy Peterson and Peter Salzler Obtain Preliminary Injunction Enjoining Marijuana Smoker in Condominium Building

The court preliminary enjoined the occupant of a condominium apartment unit “from allowing or permitting smoke and excessively loud noises to permeate beyond the subject… Read More

Manu Davidson Obtains Dismissal of Article 78 Petition on Behalf of NYC Co-op

The petitioner commenced an Article 78 Proceeding by an order to show cause seeking a judgment to overturn two decisions rendered by a residential cooperative’s… Read More

Tracy Peterson Obtains Court Order Voiding Transfers of Condominium Apartment Unit

In the context of an emergency application addressed to permit performance by parties to a confidential settlement agreement, Tracy Peterson successfully moved for an order… Read More

The Virtual Annual Meeting – A New Normal

Condominium and cooperative annual meetings have historically been strictly in-person affairs. This is not simply a matter of preference. New York’s Business Corporation Law (“BCL”)… Read More

Tracy Peterson and Benjamin Fox Tracy Obtain Dismissal of Six Claims

Tracy Peterson and Benjamin Fox Tracy obtained dismissal of six claims asserted by a neighboring hotel operator against individual members of a condominium board of… Read More

Neighborliness in the Time of Coronavirus

Even in the best of circumstances, “vertical living” is rife with the challenges that come along with human beings living in a “stacked” configuration. Now,… Read More

Navigating the Potential Pitfalls of Condo/Co-op Apartment Renovations

Among the most common issues we see are disputes regarding condominium and cooperative apartment renovations. Many – though, not all – such disputes can be… Read More

Peterson, Davidson, and Goljan Secure Dismissal of Several Claims by Shareholders

Tracy Peterson, Manu Davidson, and Joseph Goljan successfully secured dismissal of several claims asserted by two co-op shareholders against a co-op, its board of directors,… Read More

Tracy Peterson Successfully Opposes Motion

  Tracy Peterson successfully opposed a motion made by a co-op shareholder to amend his 5-year old complaint to assert new causes of action against… Read More

Robert Braverman Quoted in Brick Underground

  Robert Braverman was quoted in a Brick Underground article on construction defect issues in newly built condominiums. To read the full article click here. Read More

Co-ops, Managing Agents and Co-op Board Members Could Have Liability for Failing to Prevent Tenant-on-Tenant Racial Harassment

Last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the case of Francis v. Kings Park Manor, Inc. reversed the dismissal… Read More

Robert Braverman Featured in Habitat Magazine

An article written by Robert Braverman was featured in the January 2019 edition of Habitat Magazine. In his article, Mr. Braverman discusses the rights that… Read More

Does a Co-op Penthouse Owner Have Exclusive Use of Roof Over Apartment?

The distinction between the roof over a penthouse apartment and the roof over the other apartments below the penthouse level may be physically clear, but… Read More

Scott Greenspun Answers a Shareholder’s Question on Balcony Construction in the New York Times

In last Saturday’s New York Times, a new co-op shareholder wrote in to ask if there was any way to stop their neighbor from building… Read More

Robert Braverman Featured in Habitat Magazine

  In a recent article featured in Habitat Magazine, Rob Braverman tackles the gray area of whether a condominium board has a legal obligation to… Read More

Is Your Balcony Enclosure “Safe” from a DOB Inspection?

In the wake to two tragic fatalities resulting from balcony railing failures, balcony enclosure compliance is being ensured through required façade inspections by the Department… Read More

New York City Administrative Code Now Requires All Co-op and Condominium Buildings to Adopt Smoking Policy

In August 2017, the New York City Council enacted a change to Local Law 147 of the City of New York (Section 17-502 of the… Read More

Got Mold? Rob Braverman Answers a Shareholder’s Question Concerning Mold Remediation in the Sunday New York Times

A shareholder experiencing recurring mold growth in a co-op apartment caused by neighboring construction wrote to the New York Times seeking advice.   Although the neighboring… Read More

Tracy Peterson Obtains Order From Appellate Division, First Department, Reversing Summary Judgment In Case Addressing Permitted Use of Condominium Retail Unit

Tracy Peterson successfully appealed a decision of the Supreme Court, New York County, which granted summary judgment to the owner of a retail unit in… Read More

Recent First Department Decision Provides Guidance for Cooperatives and Cooperative Shareholders

When a co-op board amends governing documents to add rules pertaining to outdoor terraces, what statute of limitations applies to a shareholder’s challenge to such… Read More

Robert Braverman Quoted in Habitat Weekly on Boards’ Use of Non-Disclosure Agreements

Robert Braverman Quoted in Habitat Weekly on Boards’ Use of Non-Disclosure Agreements Read More

Scott Greenspun featured in Habitat Magazine

  Scott Greenspun featured in Habitat Magazine Read More

Tatiana Pawlowski ’17 Joins the Conversation on Urban Agriculture

Tatiana Pawlowski is profiled in the Fall edition of Brooklyn Law School’s Law Notes magazine.  The article highlights Tatiana’s white paper entitled, “From Food Deserts to Just… Read More

Tracy Peterson Successfully Defends Against Appellate Challenge to Cooperative House Rules

Tracy Peterson successfully defended against the appeal of a decision rendered in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, determining… Read More

Like a Good Neighbor, Stay Over There

Every New Yorker is familiar with the ubiquitous sidewalk shed.  For condominium and cooperative boards and owners, the metal and plywood eyesore designed to keep… Read More

Condo Board Options in Dealing with Second-Hand Smoke Complaints

One of the most prevalent issues faced by a condominium board of managers and their managing agents are complaints about marijuana and cigarette smoke/odors.  In… Read More

Condos and Co-ops: Is Your Worker’s Comp Coverage in Place?

Properly insuring your building is one of the more important responsibilities of a co-op or condominium board.  Most governing documents require that the property be… Read More