I live in a rent-stabilized apartment in NYC. Our super lives in another building down the block run by the same company, and is pretty responsive to problems. The work we call him for isn't hanging curtains or changing light bulbs, but rather fixing reasonably-tough problems— stuff like tightening a loose faucet or fixing mild water damage in the shower ceiling from a leak upstairs. When would it be expected to tip? After repairs, or a gift around the holidays, or what?
posted by akgerber
on Sep 27, 2013 -
My sister's laptop was taken by the super after she died. The locks were changed and he was the only person who was in and out of the apartment. Two days after she died someone started using the laptop. They used it on and off for two weeks and then it was returned to the apartment 1 day before I arrived to clean the place out. It was, 1 day before I returned, destroyed by submerging in water. [more inside]
posted by creiszhanson
on Jun 27, 2013 -
My Super is wonderful. I want to give her cash for (what I consider) to be going out of her way but she actively refuses it. Suggestions, especially as we're in the midst of holidays of various flavors. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari
on Dec 19, 2012 -
The live-in super of my building has confided in me that he does not like homosexuals. They're already complaints regarding his work but not his homophobia. If I report him, there's a chance he'll lose his job. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi
on May 31, 2012 -
Why do TV networks do promos for their shows (like for Glee or House last night) during the Super Bowl? [more inside]
posted by John Frum
on Feb 7, 2011 -
How do I protect myself from a situation like the one I read about (inside), where a sex-offender was hired as a super and was allegedly being inappropriate?
Can I/should I ask for background checks from anyone who has keys/access to my apartment, since it seems like the landlord is not required to do so (in NYC)? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist
on Feb 1, 2010 -
Super efficient/awesome clothing &/or gadgets that have changed your life? I finally bought a lightweight soft wicking wool undershirt and it's a revelation. I can't believe that it took me so long to realize how much BETTER they are than standard cotton or synthetics. Does anyone else have any similar recommendations?
posted by leotrotsky
on Aug 10, 2009 -
For a while I have been using the SETI@home screensaver. I do not know much about computer science but my understanding is that the purpose of the program is to create a virtual super computer by breaking up packets of information and then sending them out to all of these computers all over the world which then run them through the program and send back the information. So you end up having the same computing power as a super computer through a large number of home computers. I think this is a fascinating concept but I have 3 questions:
1. How much additional energy does this utilize? I mean is my computer now using the same amount of energy as when it is normally running?
2. Do limits to this system exist? IE what can this kind of system not do that a super computer could?
3. Anyone know of any other programs like this which allow your computer while you are not using it to be searching for knowledge?
posted by monkeywithhat
on Apr 23, 2009 -
My main gripe are the dirty hallways. I rent a 1BR in a 32-unit apartment building in Brooklyn. The rent is well below market and the location is good, but the building isn't properly looked after. The super and landlord and by-and-large my neighbors just don't care. What's the best approach? [more inside]
posted by timnyc
on Jan 14, 2009 -
My senior class voted me 'most likely to be a super villain' for the superlative section of the yearbook. I need to throw something together to wear in the picture, and I was hoping someone could help me. People are expecting me to come up with something really good, and everything I can think of is a little mediocre.
Can you guys think of anything funny/ cool for a high school girl dressing up as a super villain?
posted by howgenerica
on Apr 5, 2008 -
Help! I had some super glue drip onto the lid of my Macbook Pro.
Is acetone based nail remover a wildly dangerous thing to try to use on the aluminum surface of my precious laptop?
posted by CharlieChu
on Mar 20, 2008 -
Can you recommend a cheap way to build a computing cloud? Ok, maybe a computing breath of warm air on a cold day... [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk
on Mar 1, 2008 -
In between trash days -- Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday -- people in neighboring apartments deposit their trash on the first floor landing, outside the door to my apartment. I expected the super to put a stop to this practice but it turns out he condones it. I asked him to fix this and he said he'd try but I'm not sure he will. There are no trash cans or anything, just trash bags piled up. Is this against any NYC codes? How should I proceed?
posted by Aghast.
on Jun 14, 2006 -
Where can I find the Super Bowl squares history and final scores for the Super Bowls?
posted by brent
on Feb 5, 2006 -
I just bought a 1999 Honda Civic Ex coupe. The front grill "H" emblem was missing. The salesperson ordered one and told me that it was easy to replace as it affixed with double sticky tape, or something like that. The H arrived, but . . . [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious
on Apr 16, 2005 -
I've been living in New York for only about six months, and was a bit surprised when one of my friends asked if I tipped my superintendent. He told me after the fact that upon your first meeting, you should tip anywhere from $50-100 (and possibly more) to ensure any of your needs are met further along the line, in addition to providing a small tip whenever any small bit of work is done in the apartment. Am I alone in never hearing of this practice? Do you tip your super, and if so, how much?
posted by dogmatic
on Feb 17, 2005 -
Do you tip your building's super during the holiday season? Your postman? How much. I'm interested in practical advice on the local customs in Toronto, but stories from around the world (Hamilton, Scarbrough, Oakville, etc) invited too.
posted by Capn
on Dec 22, 2004 -