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Smoking bans advance in co-ops and condos

By Teri Karush Rogers | March 16, 2011 - 3:42PM

The Wall Street Journal reports today that at least 18 NYC co-ops and condos are seriously contemplating building-wide smoking bans.  To which we say...it's about time. We respect individual choice as much as anyone. But like bed bugs, smoke has a knack of running amok in an apartment building--becoming a communal problem, not an individual one. Pro-smoker outrage, however, is currently dominating the comments on both the Wall Street Journal and CurbedNY. And even we cracked a smile at this imaginary ad posted by one CurbedNYer: 

Rarely Available: the ultimate in luxury, loaded with Amenities and rules: Classic 6, no view, no sugared soft drinks,strollers,cell phones, saturated fats, no meals over 5oo calories , no smoking and no television viewing permitted . just steps from the highly restricted public park. Documented proof of national origin and religious affiliations required.

(WSJ.com; CurbedNY.com)

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Teri Karush Rogers

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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she covered New York City real estate for the The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri holds a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University. 

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