If you wanted to check out eight companies that exterminate bedbugs, 10 that manage properties or 11 that offer building security, well, you’re too late.
They were among the 270 exhibitors Tuesday at the Co-op and Condo Expo held at the New York Hilton, where some salespeople literally would have caught your eye, grabbed your arm or thrust material into your hands in the hope of generating income.
Seminars on everything from “the future of wired/wireless communications” — the future? — to “everything you need to know about underlying co-op financing” might have tempted you. Why, I’m not sure.
Whether you were shopping for fire alarms or attorneys, you could have found such resources at the event, which filled three floors of the hotel’s “halls.”
Like me, you also might have stumbled upon a couple of exhibitors with products worth more than a glance.
Among them was something called “Climbup,” an “ecologically friendly,” if ugly, objét that calls attention to itself around the feet of furniture to trap bedbugs. Intrusive as it is, maybe it works.
Too, you could have met a sweet bedbug beagle, who needed neither dishes of candy nor raffles to draw attention to the Dial A Bug booth. The floor was, incidentally, littered with an appealing throng of big black plastic cockroaches.
Another standout for me — perhaps I should get a life — was a family owned outfit that provides various janitorial and maintenance services to buildings that don’t have or want full-time staff. N.Y.C. Super Services targets both low-rise and larger buildings for maintenance, repairs and building system upgrades. (I didn’t find a Web site.)
Among other exhibitors was the Hutton Group, which aims to help co-ops (mostly in the outer boroughs and elsewhere) convert into condos. Linda Hutton explained to me that such a conversion helps shareholders increase their equity almost overnight.
“Manhattan is a tough market,” she conceded, “a very tough market.”
Had you attended the expo, you would have had your pick of architects, air duct cleaners, door and windows vendors, elevator servicers, engineers, insurers, interior designers, laundry servicers, and storage-room installers (including one, Bargold Storage Systems, which charges nothing but a percentage of the monthly fee).
You know, I really should get a life. (And if you’ve read this far, maybe you’ll want to consider getting one as well.)
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Senior Vice President
Charles Rutenberg Realty
127 E. 56th Street
New York, NY 10022