Tuesday, January 30, 2018

5 Cheap(ish) Things to Help You Get Through Flu Season

It’s not just you: Yes, everyone you know really is sick.
This year’s flu season is the worst in nearly a decade — the most intense since 2009’s swine flu pandemic — and it’s only going to get worse. (If you’re curious why it’s so bad this year, read this.)
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from the flu, like washing your hands frequently and disinfecting shared spaces, but sometimes you will catch it despite your best efforts.

If you’re among the unlucky millions who will get the flu this year, this is the most important advice: If you’re able to stay home, please stay home. Going into work while you’re sick doesn’t prove anything, and you’re putting your co-workers at risk. Really — just stay home.
Phew, glad we got that out of the way. Now for the goods: In collaboration with Wirecutter, a New York Times company that reviews and recommends products, here are five cheap(ish) things to help you get through flu season.
Facial Tissues
My multiple winter illnesses come year after year like clockwork, and year after year I rub my nose raw by blowing it with paper towels or low-quality tissues. You’d think I’d learn by now, but alas.
Don’t make my mistakes; instead, buy these Puffs Facial Tissues, which is Wirecutter’s top pick for their strength and softness.
Neti Pot
This product is my savior every winter. The moment I start feeling my sinuses acting up, I load up my NeilMed Sinus Rinse and get to irrigating. Two rinses a day have me breathing (slightly) better and feeling a whole lot less clogged up.

Wirecutter’s top pick for a neti pot is the Aromatic Salt Premium Ceramic Neti Pot.
For the full article, click here. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

IREM - Industry Partner of the Year Guardian Services Industries

We are pleased to announce The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®), Greater New York Chapter, selected us for their prestigious Industry Partner of the Year! "Thank you for recognizing our passion and commitment to being the best facility provider throughout Greater New York! It is an honor and pleasure to be your Industry Partner of the year!" -- Jeremy Bressler, Vice President, Operations.  (L-R, Jeremy Bressler, Lyn Bressler, Matthew Bressler) 

ABOUT Guardian 

Established in 1918, Guardian Service Industries is a 4th generation family owned Janitorial, Security, Pest Control and Engineering & Operations staffing corporation. We provide a comprehensive range of essential facility management services to over 1,000 clients across various sectors, inclusive of commercial and government buildings, residential communities, schools, industrial facilities, transportation hubs and retail outlets throughout the Northeast and New England.


The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) is an international community of real estate managers dedicated to ethical business practices, maximizing the value of investment real estate, and promoting superior management through education and information sharing.

An affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, IREM is the home for all industry professionals connected to real estate management – and the only organization serving both the multi-family and commercial sectors.
We believe:
  • That good management matters
  • That well-managed properties pay dividends in terms of value and in the quality of life for residents, tenants and customers
  • In professional ethics
  • In the power of knowledge and the importance of sharing it
IREM offers a variety of membership types for professionals of every experience level, from on-site managers to high-level executives. Our credentials, earned by meeting high standards of education, experience, and ethical business practices, include
  • Certified Property Manager® (CPM®)
  • Accredited Residential Manager® (ARM®)
  • Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM)
  • Accredited Management Organization® (AMO®)
For 80 years, IREM has set the standard for best practices in real estate management. Today, IREM membership includes more than 19,000 individuals and 550 corporate members. #IREM #IREMNY #Janitorial#Operations #Engineering #PestControl#Security #Concierge #WindowCleaning#Lighting #100Anniversary#GuardianSince1918

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Why investors are flocking to East New York

Affordable housing is where profits are currently penciling out, but questions are swirling about when the area will be ready for market-rate. 
When Brooklyn’s East New York was rezoned in 2016, it touched off a real estate makeover.
That year, developers filed applications for 339 residential units. But in 2017 that number shot up by 284 percent to 1,303 units — many of them heavy on the affordable housing.

A handful of developers have gotten in on the ground floor.
Multifamily developer Radson Development is preparing projects for two vacant lots: one a 235-unit mixed-use, 12-story building on Linden Boulevard, the other a 521-unit affordable housing-and-retail complex on Loring Avenue.
Meanwhile, Monadnock Development, the East Brooklyn Congregations and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development filed plans in September for a 240-unit affordable rental development as part of the sprawling Nehemiah Spring Creek development, which sits on city-owned land adjacent to the Gateway Center shopping mall.
Full the full story, click here

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Williamsburg’s massive new office complex is on the rise

Eventually this building will stand eight stories tall and bring new offices, retail, and light manufacturing to the neighborhood

The massive office complex rising at 25 Kent Avenue, in Williamsburg, is now several stories above ground, new construction site photos by Field Condition reveal. Eventually, this building will stand eight stories tall, but right now the structure seems to have reached the fifth floor.

The building, which will span 500,000 square feet when complete, is the first new ground-up office building in the neighborhood in over a decade. Designed by Gensler, along with Hollwich Kushner, the building will have a red brick facade with punched windows on two sides, and a glass curtain wall on the other two sides, according to Field Condition. You can get a peek at the facade in one of the construction photos.
Developed by Rubenstein Partners and Heritage Equity Partners, the project takes up an entire city block bound by Kent and Wythe Avenues and North 13th and North 12th Streets. Aside from office space, the building will also have space for retail and light manufacturing.
Tenants here will also have access to a roof deck, and private balconies on each floor. The project will also bring a new public plaza and several new restaurants to the neighborhood. Construction is expected to wrap by the end of this year.
For the full article, click here!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Design Savvy Offices In NYC

Bite-sized office projects are booming. They can rise on small plots, don’t need big loans and boast curb appeal for tenants that want high-tech, classy and glassy homes.

NYC’s new crop of boutique buildings are typically no more than 150,000 square feet of new construction or gut-renovated space. Major architecture firms are tapped to design, with interiors featuring large windows and outdoor amenities.
“The city has so many great areas,” says Peter Riguardi, president of JLL. “Some of these boutique buildings in these great areas are very attractive for tenants.”
Take the half-dozen new buildings in the Meatpacking District near the High Line, a handful in Tribeca, another group by Houston and Broadway, more in Midtown and others scattered across Brooklyn.
These projects appeal not only to small companies, but to subdivisions of large corporations. “The end user wants something small,” says Ron Lo Russo, vice president at Cushman & Wakefield.
“Instead of a tech division being part of a bigger office, it wants to be in a boutique,” Lo Russo adds. For the full article, click here

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Guardian's Concierge Officer Of 2017

Guardian Security is proud to congratulate Tahirou Boundy as Guardian's Concierge Officer Of 2017. We received a complimentary letter about Tahirou from a tenant in regards to his fast response and care of the building during a snow storm. Tahirou has worked tirelessly to keep his building safe and secure.

He always provides the highest level of service to every tenant, continuously striving to uphold Guardian’s Security Services standards. Tahirou’s professionalism, knowledge, and dedication reflect Guardian Security Services, Inc.'s overall dedication to the safety and well-being of our clients and their tenants.

About Concierge/Front Desk Ambassador

Our concierge services go far beyond those offered by more traditional concierge companies. Our reputation for going that extra mile, combined with our years of experience mean our clients can relax, knowing even the tiniest details are being taken care of.
We have worked hard to ensure that we have the very best concierge services. Every one of our highly trained employees receives comprehensive training in aiding and meeting all the needs of your staff and your residents alike.
Training involves all aspects of front desk duties, such as: properly greeting tenant and guests in a cheerful welcoming manner, assisting with all reasonable requests, becoming an integral part of the property, answering questions, serving as a general presence and visible deterrent to infractions; detecting suspicious activities reporting all incidents, accidents or medical emergencies to the building property manager.
In addition, our concierge team wear distinctive uniforms bearing our logo and name, varying from venue to venue but always looking highly presentable, clean and visible for people who may be looking for them. The next time you find yourself in need of the finest concierge services, contact Guardian. We are one of the top concierge companies for a reason.

Guardian Security Employee Of The Year - 2018

Guardian Security is proud to congratulate Kimberly Simmonds as Guardian's Security Officer Of 2017! Kim has shown time and time again her passion and commitment towards Guardian and servicing her building.

Her willingness to carry out her duties day in and day out set the standard for security officers under her watch. We at Guardian salute Kimberly Simmonds for her hard work and dedication! 

About Guardian Security

Who Needs a Security Guard?

Our job isn’t to appraise what you produce, how you produce it, or whom you sell to. We believe every business is entitled to function safely and without threat of damages or loss. At our core, we are intensely interested in keeping you and your business secure. A few of our typical clients include:
  • Hotels
  • Retail Stores
  • 24-hour businesses
  • Hospitals
  • Office Buildings
  • Residential Communities
  • Airports
Virtually any place of business can benefit from our security protection and we can tailor that to the proper safety that your business needs. Full customization of security guard schedules, presentation (plainclothes or uniform?), and equipment means that this security feature caters to the image you have cultivated for your business, and makes this a necessity for the safety of your assets.

What Can Security Guards Do?

We understand that each of our client’s needs are unique. That is why our security guards are trained to provide a variety of services. Some of the things we offer include:


You may want to establish a security guard service that does more than patrol. You may need someone to review surveillance or even walk employees or customers to their vehicles after hours. A security guard can help defend a number of aspects of your business that doesn’t involve simply walking around the perimeter (although, that can certainly be an option as well!). It boils down to asking yourself what are your security needs? We have years of experience in creating the ideal protection package by asking the questions no one else thinks to ask. We find the weak links in your armor and, instead of attempting to hide them, actually find ways to fix them.


Hiring a security company as part of your overall safety plan will go a long way in preventing criminals from targeting you. Unfortunately, businesses are a target for vandalism and theft. A secure presence will certainly discourage criminal activity and help your business keep a safe reputation. Guardian recognizes the line between creating a crime-free zone (like a prison cell) and a place wherein crime is significantly deterred all the while business is still encouraged. Your business is not a jail cell, it shouldn’t feel or behave like one. There should be a balance between safety and claustrophobia. Our experience in protecting businesses means we know where that line is for your business.


The security guards from Guardian are top of the line. We train our professionals to handle crimes that range from theft, violence, vandalism—and everything in between. We want our clients to feel confident when they call on our services; they get the most competent people in the industry. We understand that quality service means constantly evolving with the changes that occur in society. That is why our personnel is required to continue training and implement those new security techniques in their positions. Our constant and consistent training does not stop at physical reactions to physical crimes. Our personnel are trained in everything from reading surveillance and interpreting body language and micro expressions to categorizing anonymous threats and responding to the newest trends of criminal activity in the age of the Internet. Just as you and your business change and evolve with time, so too do our security guards — by remaining adaptable at all times.


It has been proven that the presence of a security guard actually offers people a sense of safety. People simply feel better when they know that a trained professional is keeping an eye out. As a business owner, it lets you know that someone else also has your best interest in mind. When you succeed, we know that we have succeeded as well. It’s a win-win from both sides of the spectrum.

Monday, January 8, 2018

How much safer can New York City get?

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 5:00 AM

The statistics out of New York’s police headquarters for 2017 are nothing short of wonderful. This crazy polyglot metropolis of 8.5 million reported a total volume of homicides under 300, a rate per 100,000 citizens of 3.4, and a decline from the Gotham’s bad old days of 1990 of 89%. The city is bigger than ever, just as diverse and vastly less dangerous.

How did this happen? What happens next?
Two further details about public safety in New York deserve special mention before addressing the mystery of causes. First, it isn’t just homicide that has declined in unprecedented fashion; street crimes like robbery, burglary and auto theft have also dropped by close to 90%. Homicide numbers are worth special attention because it is the crime we most fear and the event that is the most difficult to hide from notice.
Second, the crime news remains rosy even when 2017’s totals are compared to non-crisis periods. By 2001, the city’s police force had already expanded by 40% and changes in police strategy had already produced the massive declines that made mayors and police chiefs into celebrities.
But the 649 homicides in 2001 produced a population rate of 8.1 per 100,000, more than twice as high as 2017, and 2001’s burglary and robbery rates also have dropped by half. Using homicide as a standard, New York is now the safest big city in the United States, with a homicide rate half that of Los Angeles.
So do we just applaud the NYPD? The effectiveness of New York policing is a major part of the city’s quarter-century of progress, but that doesn’t mean that the department should get the credit for every year-to-year improvement, just as it shouldn’t get blamed if the numbers turn negative. The almost 14% homicide drop from 2016 reported last year cannot be confidently linked to any of last year’s changes in policing.
And assuming that police patrols can micromanage citywide crime risks is not only bad science but is unfair to the police. Why not expect them to generate a homicide rate of zero?
It is of course reassuring that New York has the most successful municipal crime reduction achievement in modern history, but that distinction carries an important handicap. When the Los Angeles police chief is asked whether his city’s homicide rate can be reduced from its current rate of about 7 per 100,000, he can confidently say progress is possible because of New York City’s much more dramatic declines.
But New York City has no example of more successful crime reduction to point to as it tiptoes toward reducing street crimes to one-tenth of their historic highs.
Sure, there are cities in the world with homicide rates of 1 per 100,000, but not in a nation with at least 60 million handguns . New York is testing the limits of American possibility.
There are two important lessons that concern the capacity of effective policing to control crime. The first is the continuing preventive importance of street police. Whether or not the city’s homicide rates go up 6% next year or down another 12%, what a well-conceptualized and now better-behaved street police presence contributes to safe streets is substantial.
But New York is also a case study in the sturdiness of police effectiveness even when public and governmental criticism of cops becomes an important civic presence.
When crime rates turned up in many U.S. cities in 2015, right-wing pundits suggested that criticisms of police excessive force were undermining police morale and lessening police capacities to enforce the law and prevent crime. This theory was given an evocative label, “the Ferguson effect”; we were warned that the “war on cops” was producing a new crime wave.
If any city in the United States should be suffering from a Ferguson effect crime wave, it is New York City. The mayor who now enters his second term ran against established policing tactics when he got elected the first time. Police unions turned their backs on leadership at an official memorial service. A federal judge enjoined stop-and-frisk and the official rate of such stops has plummeted.
For the full article click here. 
Zimring is professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and author of “The City That Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control.”

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sniffs and coughs are NOT the only signs of sickness to look for: How eyes, lips and skin tell you who is ill!

When someone says 'you don't look so good,' you might want to listen and head to the doctor, according to new research. Detecting illness is essential to survival from an evolutionary perspective, but it was previously unclear if and how humans could identify signs of it just by looking at one another. 

With a particularly bad flu season upon us, symptoms like a runny nose or a persistent cough seem like good potential indicators of who to avoid if we want to dodge the bug.  
But researchers in Sweden, the US and Germany collectively found that we are able to tell the difference between a sick person and a healthy one just by looking at their faces.  

The annual flu epidemic has already reached widespread status and claimed the lives of a number of people, including at least 12 children. Reports have been swirling around that the flu shot may not be as effective against this year's strain, leaving many looking for alternative preventative methods.

The new study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, shows that we might just be able to keep ourselves safe from sickness by searching for physical signs in peoples' eyes, skin and lips.Researchers from Stockholm University and New York University injected half of their 22 subjects with a placebo and the other half with a drug that causes brief but notable inflammation and signs of sickness. 

Two hours later - just as those given the real injection were starting to get puffy - the researchers snapped photographs of all of the study participants.  

The study used two different groups of 60 observers to assess the 16 pictures after eliminating six images from the original batch for being too inconsistent. 
Observers with no medical or related training were able to correctly guess that 13 out of 16 of the people whose photos they saw were sick. Looking back at the side-by-side pictures of sick and healthy people, the researchers identified eight factors that make a person look sick, though, surprisingly, the features most drastically affected by the injection were not the ones that observers most closely associated with looking sick. Of those eight, three signs stood out as making people look sick.

For the full article click here. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter is officially here! Watch Your Pipes!

Winter is officially here! As a reminder, please pay special attention to the following in your facilities: Any construction that has been done in the last year or penetrations that did not affect pipes last year, could freeze this winter. Those areas should be walked with a thermometer and checked. Pay attention to “curtain” or outside walls where work was done.

Sprinkler work that is open to outside air penetrations: • Loading docks • Outside air plenum rooms • Roof mechanical rooms • Stairwells on outside walls • Fire stairs that exit directly to the street • Please make sure all heat trace that is supposed to be working is in fact pulling amps • Cooling tower lines • Hose tank lines • All OA dampers should be air tight when closed • Some buildings may have to shut outside hose spigots (this could apply to your home as well) Remember, if a sprinkler system is in danger of freezing, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO isolate a drain a portion of it (CHECK LOCAL CODES AND YOUR LOCAL FIRE HOUSE), BUT YOU MUST NOTIFY CENTRAL STATION AND FDNY DISPATCH.

For more details on the winter storm click here.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing During Brutal NJ Cold Snap

The bitter cold is not just an inconvenience, in many cases it can lead to property damage due to frozen pipes. Here's how to prevent that.

By Kara Seymour, Patch National Staff  | Updated