Thanks to master gardener Alicia Meléndez and her team, Chris Martinez and Jessica Benoit,
for the blooms that keep our home looking so nice.
Juneteenth Mark the first federal holiday celebrating President Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation at a house that was on the undeground railroad. It’s on Riverside Drive in Lower WaHi, where a historian will share the house’s story while you’re enjoying refreshments. Details on the Events page. —8:14 a.m., June 19
Weekend picks It’s the final week of the spring book club for teens, meeting this afternoon online. Tomorrow you can take your kids to Mitchell Square Park to choose free books for summer reading, right. There’s also a (pre-) summer solstice night hike in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday. Listen abolitionist music from a brass band on Sunday morning in Isham Park. —8:03 a.m., June 18
Bennett Park renaming James Gordon Bennett was an arch-conservative Scottsman who founded and edited The New York Herald in the mid-nineteenth century. He supported slavery in the pages of his newspaper, opposed Lincoln with vitriol, and denigrated Blacks regularly. The park the bears his name will get a new name by the end of the year, the Parks Department announced yesterday, in a release that lists Bennett Park under the heading for Staten Island. —2:14 p.m., June 17
Rabies bait On Tuesday the city will try to lure raccoons to take a rabies vaccine. Parks crews will place brown packets, resembling ketchup packets, in Fort Tryon Park and Inwood Hill Park. If a pet eats one—the bait smells like fish—it may vomit, but the vaccine won’t otherwise harm it. You should definitely avoid touching the stuff, which can cause a rash. More info here. —9:56 a.m., June 16
Infection decreases There’s good news: In the week ending June 11, only five people in Fort George and Hudson Heights were diagnosed with Covid-19. Inwood had only three infections, but Lower WaHi had ten. Things are looking up! —9:56 a.m., June 15
Vaccinated? Sign up for Excelsior Pass so you can show proof whenever you need it.
Everyone aged 12 and older is eligible. Those who are 17 years old or younger must take the Pfizer vaccine.
Follow updates on the vaccine’s availability on the Twitter feed of TurboxVax. In-home vaccinations for those ages 75 years and older, and anyone with disabilitiess, can register for a shot at on.nyc.gov/vaccineathome or by calling (877) 829-4692.
Columbia/Presbyterian hosts a vaccination site at the Fort Washington Armory. Make your appointment here or call the bilingual phone line for Uptown seniors book their slots: (646) 838-0319, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Pharmacies have the vaccine too. All of these Uptown spots are giving the Moderna vaccine:
Lower WaHi Rite Aid, 1033 St. Nicholas Avenue at 161st Street
Rite Aid, 4188 Broadway, between 177th and 178th Streets
Fort George Rite Aid, 1510 St. Nicholas Avenue, between 185th and 186th Streets
Inwood Walgreens/Duane Reade, 133 Dyckman Street
Rite Aid, 4910 Broadway, near 207th Street
Click on the pharmacy name to schedule your appointment.
The state’s plan to distribute the vaccine is posted here.
If you have Covid-19 symptoms or think you’ve been exposed, don’t wait, separate. Call (212) COVID19 to get connected to a free hotel room.
You can get Covid test results within 24 hours, and sometimes on the same day, at COVID Express in Lower WaHi at 600 West 168th Street. Testing is free and available by appointment only,
You can now find out if you have developed antibodies that protect you from Covid-19 at a testing site in Lower WaHi, at Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics, on 165th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The appointment is free.
• Please limit passengers in the elevator to one family at a time and limit laundry room usage to one person at a time (details below, under Laundry Room).
Download the forms you need, posted here as pdf files. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please call our property manager, who can also send you any of these forms through the mail.
The documents you will need for some other puposes are available from different web sites. Here are the most popular:
The gym is closed during the pandemic.
Have a question about the House Rules, or how to get a storage cage? Ask one of your directors. This year they are:
Jennifer Peng, president
Riva Hocherman, vice president
Leslie Thrope, vice president
Jessica Bendiner, secretary
Rogier de Boer-Phelan, treasurer
They will be happy to help you.
While you’re thinking of the building, help us keep your contact information current so you will receive official mail from the corporation and Argo without delay. If you have children moving out or roommates moving in, please tell us. Your information will not appear on this web site. If you do not want it to appear on our internal contact sheet, simply say so.
The secretary is responsible for keeping our records current, so when you have updates please keep us in the loop. Email using email@example.com or one of these addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org For general questions
email@example.com To reach Bud
firstname.lastname@example.org Is where to send your updated contact details
email@example.com Reaches the webmaster
You can also call John at Argo at (212) 896-8600 or, if you prefer paper, send a letter to us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 68, New York NY 10033.
Have you lost a box after it was delivered and before you picked it up? You’re not alone: 90,000 of them go missing in New York every day, and residents in some buildings are protecting themselves.
It’s terribly frustrating to have a delivery go missing despite our best efforts. If it happens to you, please follow these steps:
1. Ensure delivery confirmation with the delivery service (USPS, UPS, Amazon, etc.).
2. File a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311.
3. Notify management of your missing package.
4. The police will contact management to obtain surveillance video. As per the House Rules, security camera footage is not provided to residents.
To keep your delivery from being stolen, here are some tips to protect you. There’s no guarantee they will work, but any of them will help keep your package yours.
• Once your package is delivered, pick it up! The longer you wait, the more likely it is to go missing. And when lots of residents leave their packages uncollected, the space fills up and someone’s package has to be left outside the door, where thieves can prey on it.
• Have your package held at the post office, or sign up for informed delivery from the USPS.
• If you’re going to be out of town for more than a few days, the Post Office will hold your mail if you
sign up for the free service.
• Take advantage of “Ship to Store” option when it’s available. Amazon offers a locker feature that allows you to pick up your package from a secure location, whether near home or work.
• Request signature confirmation for delivery.
• Never buzz in someone whose identity you can’t establish.
• When you see strangers in the building, a friendly “Hello” or “can I help you find someone?” will let them know the residents are paying attention to visitors.
• And if you see a package at a neighbor’s door, you could collect it and let them know you have it.
A magazine for co-op apartments suggests being aware of restaurant delivery personnel. The Denver Police Department says one effective deterrent is simply asking a neighbor to accept a package for you.
If you’re clever, you could try what a NASA engineer has up his sleeve for porch pirates, but it involves a lot of glitter and amassing a certain … scent.
Discarded electronics make up the largest growth in household hazardous waste in NYC, but you can recycle them instead.
We have a collection unit in the basement, where you can drop off your unusable items. They will be collected by the city and either repurposed or safely dismantled.
The city will collect these electronics:
ConEd bills you for the natural gas you use, typically for your range. Your gas meter is probably in your kitchen and looks like the one on the right. ConEd determines your gas bill by looking at those little dials to find out how much gas you used, and for accurate billing prefers to read your meter monthly.
If you’re home when the gas meter reader knocks on your door, just let him in and he’ll be done in less than a minute. If you miss him more than once, you may receive a letter from ConEd asking for access to your apartment to read your meter. To schedule a visit go to ConEd.com/GasInspectionManhattan.
Oh, those meters in the basement across from the elevator? They’re for electricity.
Visitors to this website from the European Union have the protection of GDPR 2016/679 which on May 26, 2016, went into effect.
Data collected from on thepinehurst.org are stored on the servers of Ionos, the web hosting service used by 447 Ft. Washington Owners’ Corporation doing business as The Pinehurst. The Controller is the webmaster, who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Controller’s Representative is the property manager, John Caceci, who may be reached at (212) 896-8600 or at Argo Real Estate, 50 W 17 St, New York NY 10011. The Data Protection Officer is the president of the corporation, Jennifer Peng, who may be reached at email@example.com.
The data we collect are those submitted voluntarily by shareholders to promote notices of sale of their apartments. There is no requirement to submit any information at any time. We store personal data for the duration that an apartment is for sale; once it is sold we delete it within four weeks of being notified of the sale. If a shareholder revokes permission for us to store personal information we shall delete it within two weeks of the shareholder’s notification.
We use Google Analytics to review users’ visits to our site. Information from Google is available to us only in the aggragate; we have no access to any information about any individual visitor.
An individual subject to GDPR 2016/679 has the right to request from the Controller access to and rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing concerning the data subject or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Such an individual also has the right to make a complaint the supervising authority, which is The Board of Directors. It may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 447 Fort Washington Ave, Apt 68, New York NY 10033.
Looking for a place to light up a grill? This map shows the safe spots in Fort Washington Park, Highbridge Park, and Inwood Hill Park.
Grilling on the Pinehurst’s balconies and fire escapes is prohibited by law — not to mention common sense.
Our building is a community, as well as our home. Residents share the responsibility to ensure a safe and pleasant quality of life at reasonable cost. We count on each other to treat all areas of the building as our home, and to protect and respect the rights of all of the Residents to a safe and comfortable home. A set of guidelines helps us achieve these goals.
Severe weather is an uncommon but dangerous phenomenon. In the summer and early fall, hurricanes may threaten the northeast. If a hurricane is threatening the city, keep on top of this evacuation map.
Hurricanes are rare but their effects are not. Have a plan in case the weather turns severe.
The late spring and summer can produce tornadoes. Before you hear of a tornado watch (which means that weather conditions could produce a tornado) or a tornado warning (which means a funnel cloud has been spotted, though it may not have touched the ground yet), please review these safety precautions for you and your family.
In short, go to the lowest level of the building, stay away from windows and remain there until the all-clear sign has been given (by the National Weather Service, typically), and have a first aid kit handy.
Pay for your laundry with your smart phone. Hercules has an app that connects to the washers and dryers so you don’t have to keep track of a card anymore.
Download the Hercules CyclePay App from the Apple Store or Google Play for your IOS or Andriod phone. Full instructions on its use are in the chart on the right, which you can doawnload in the pdf below. It’s also posted in the laundry room.
During the pandemic, the laundry room is open 24 hours a day except for cleaning between 9 and 9:30 a.m. and 3 and 3:30 p.m.
We ask you to limit its use to one person at a time and to take your clean laundry back to your apartment to fold so the next person can get in sooner. While your laundry is washing or drying, leave your number on the white board, below, so if you forget your clothes the next person knows who to remind.
Our laundry facilities are open to residents between
7 a.m. and 11 p.m. You can refill your card in the laundry room.
Hercules maintains the laundry machines, both the washers and dryers. With our dryers, to add five minutes you must do so when at least five minutes remain in the cycle. If there is less time, you will be given 30 minutes and charged for a full cycle.
If a machine is malfunctioning, please call Hercules at (800) 526-5760 to inform them so they may repair it. Alternatively, you may send an e-mail to email@example.com, explaining the problem and asking for a refund if you lost money. Hercules will need to know:
BUILDING NAME Pinehurst
BUILDING ADDRESS 447 Fort Washington Avenue
BUILDING LOCATION Manhattan
LAUNDRY ROOM LOCATION Basement; super required for access
MACHINE MALFUNCTIONING Take note of the number on the machine, and if you’re asking for a refund, include your apartment number
Our fourth look at maintenance fees across Manhattan neighborhoods is available on the On The Market page. The previous survey, the third, compares fees to those in 2006 and 2008. Want to compare? Download a copy of the 2012 report by clicking on the link below.
If you’re specifically interested in Hudson Heights maintenance fees, we have that data too:
Washington Heights is known for its noise. Luckily, Hudson Heights is a bit quieter. However, if you are bothered by loud music, a
party, fireworks or other terrestrial sound, please call 311.
Other noise comes from the skies. Aircraft fly over our neighborhood en route to LaGuardia Airport or on their way to points west.
Helicopters also fly nearby, and sometimes seems to hover. If these sounds are bothersome, please call the Economic Development Corporation at (212) 619-5000 with your concerns about helicopters, or for airplanes call (718) 533-5615 and press 3 for LaGuardia.
In late 2020 a group of Uptowners formed a task force on noise. In the spring of 2021, Council Member Mark Levine came out with a ten-point proposal to address it. One Uptown group, Respectful Decibels, seeks your comments.
The city has a way to keep you informed of emergency information as well as less-critical topics like parking changes. Sign up to receive notifications by e-mail, text, or phone messages. To stay informed, click here: https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/
The Pinehurst is committed to recycling in accordance with New York City's goals. Most paper and plastic (but not all), glass and
metal are recyclable in our bins in the garbage area.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs require special recycling because their contents are hazardous. Also known as CFL’s, these bulbs are typically curly in shape. During the pandemic, the ctiy’s drop-off sites, including the one closest to us in Fort George, are closed and will remain so until June. In the meantime, take your CFL bulbs to a retailer that accepts them, such as Home Depot.
For more information on CFL recycling, click here.
As we live through the pandemic and are dealing with a substantially larger volume of garbage, we are already spending more to manage our refuse. Your assistance will help us keep a lid on costs.
When you replace your smoke detectors, you need to upgrade to a 10-year sealed model. A 2019 state law says that all new or replacement smoke detectors must be powered by the long-lasting battery or be hardwired to your electrical system. If you want to sell your apartment, you will need to upgrade your smoke detectors before the sale goes through.
In August 2017 Mayor DeBlasio signed legislation that requires all NYC cooperatives and condominiums to adopt formal smoking policies. The Board will be amending the House Rules to include this policy and any shareholders intending to sell or lease their apartment must also include it in their sale or lease agreement.
181 Street: Busway Pilot plan
Increasing the speed of transportation along 181st Street has been a goal of everyone for years. In January, the Department of Transportation presented its plan to Community Board 12. It includes changes to parking (and double parking!) and excludes from 181st Street traffic that isn’t a bus, truck, or emergency vehicle. You can download the plan here.
A previous review from Department of Transportation’s of 181st Street is here.
Interactive Subway Map
The famous map has been revised and moved online. It shows live updates of train locations, such as the one leaving 181st Street, right.
Scheduled maintenance is posted here by the MTA.
Early voting Avoid the lines by casting your ballot before election day, which is the 22nd. Details on how and where to vote in advance are here. —9:56 a.m., June 12
Weekend picks Murals of the Latinx experience, right, are on display on Audubon Terrace today (and for the rest of the summer). Kids with an ear for music will enjoy a version of Little Red Riding Hood on Saturday in Fort Tryon Park. Adults can take in a concert for more advanced ears in Roger Morris Park on Sunday afternoon. —6:52 a.m., June 11
Directors re-elected Thanks for taking part in last night’s thirty-sixth annual meeting of the shareholders. It was our second on Zoom and we hope it was the last on Zoom. In the vote, the dierctors were unanimously given another year:
Jennifer Peng, president
Riva Hocherman, vice president
Leslie Thrope, vice president
Jessica Bendiner, secretary
Rogier de Boer-Phelan, treasurer
You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org (or just say hi in the elevator). —6:52 a.m., June 9
Meeting tonight Power up your computer for the annual meeting of 447 Ft. Washington Owners’ Corporation, which will be online again this year. Shareholders will hear the board’s report and elect directors to run the business. If you won’t be able to attend—or even if you’re not certain that you can—please take ninety seconds to fill out the proxy! That way your attendance counts toward our quorum. Hand your proxy to a director (or slide it under their door) before the meeting’s 7 p.m. start time. The connection details are in the letter we sent. —7:31 a.m., June 8
Mayoral donations Ready for the primary election? It’s in two weeks, and so far Scott Stringer is receiving the most in donations from WaHi, bringing in $25,181 through the end of May. Behind him are Diane Morales and Maya Wiley, nearly tied at $16,800. Full details here. —7:47 a.m., June 7
Proxy participation The shareholders’ annual meeting is Tuesday night. We look forward to seeing you but if you may not make it please sign your proxy and put it under a board member’s door. If you end up attended, the proxy is void, so there’s nothing to worry about. —9:49 a.m., June 6
Weekend picks Teens can join an online book club this afternoon to discuss Undocumented, a novel for young adults. The annual Hike the Heights walk takes place tomorrow along the Giraffe Path from the Cloisters to Central Park, featuring events for kids, right, and adults. Native Americans celebrate their heritage at Drums on the Hudson in Inwood Hill Park on Sunday. —10:53 a.m., June 4
GWB delays Thanks to a vehicle collision, all westbound lanes of the upper level of the GWB are closed in Manhattan. Look for an alternative route. —2:12 a.m., June 3
The accident has been cleared and all lanes are open. Expect residual delays. —3:48 a.m., June 3
Vaccine count Fort George and Hudson Heights continue to do well with vaccinations. Our ZIP code, which also includes Sherman Creek, has 42.2% of residents who’ve received a complete course. That’s better than Inwood, where 39.6% of people are fully vaccinated, but lagging Upper Hudson Heights, which has 42.7%, and lagging Lower WaHi, with 43.5%. —7:51 a.m., June 2
Annual meeting The sharedholders’ meeting takes place a week from tonight on Zoom. Watch your mail for the connection and password. Think you won’t be able to make it? Turn in your proxy to a board member or to John. If you end up participating, the proxy won’t count. —7:44 a.m., June 1
Memorial Day It’s a bit damp and chilly for outdoor fun, but we can still pause to remember our fallen troops. Enjoy the holiday and since it’s a day off for Bud too, if you see some trash around the building please pick it up. —8:13 a.m., May 31
Grilling spots Go enjoy the holiday with some burgers, dogs, or veggie kabobs. Don’t grill at the building, though: It’s not safe (and prohibited by the FDNY). Just follow this map to a safe grilling spot in Fort Tryon Park, Fort Washington Park or Highbridge Park. —8:40 a.m., May 30
Weekend picks Bake a scrumptious chocolate dish this afternoon as you learn about the thousands of years of history of cocoa. Cheer on a survivor of domestic violence tomorrow as she finishes her 285-mile race to raise awareness of the issue, finishing the run in a wedding dress, right, in J. Hood Wright Park. Enjoy live music on Sunday at the Scandinavian Music Festival in Fort Tryon Park and the Gather performance in Roger Morris Park. —8:16 a.m., May 28
Addressing noise After Monday night’s meeting about uptown noise complaints, Council Member Mark Levine came out with a ten-point proposal to address it. One Uptown group, Respectful Decibels, seeks your comments. —8:24 a.m., May 27
Board seats We’ll be electing directors to the board at the annual meeting on June 8. Would you like to serve? Running a business isn’t easy, especially these days, but you’ll have plenty of help. If you’re interested, visit with a current board member or John at Argo so we can get your name on the ballot. —7:04 a.m., May 26
Elevator repair We’re sorry the elevator stopped working this morning. John has a repair crew on the way. —4:19 p.m., May 22
Weekend picks Teens can jump in on an online book club this aafternoon, discussing Almost American Girl. Get out and make a difference in our favorite neighborhood green space when volunteers head to Bennett Park to clean, prune, and spruce it up. Venture to Roger Morris Park on Sunday afternoon for a live outdoor concert—registration required for crowd size. —7:03 a.m., May 21
Historic Holyrood You may know it as your polling place, but for more than a century it’s been the location of an Episcopal congregation. Yesterday the Landmarks Commission granted the building landmark status. Designed in the Gothic style by Bannister & Schell, the completed church was opened in 1914. —7:13 a.m., May 19
Annual meeting The shareholders will gather virtually again for the annual corporation meeting on Tuesday night, June 8, at 7. Watch your mail for the Zoom link and password (so we don’t have to post it publicly on the web). —7:43 a.m., May 18
College cash The American Rescue Plan, a pandemic aid package, will send $6.5 million to Yeshiva University, in Fort George, and almost $4.6 million to Boricua College, on Audubon Terrace. —8:37 a.m., May 17
Protest near GWB From the city: Due to protest activity, expect intermittent road closures, traffic delays and a heavy presence of emergency personnel near the GWB approaching the Henry Hudson Parkway. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time. —6:08 p.m., May 16
Weekend picks Kids discover inspirations for poetry on a walk through Fort Tryon Park this afternoon. Tomorrow morning the Leadlights Ensemble plays an outdoor concert on the Billings Lawn. Sit back and listen to a radio-style noir thriller on Sunday night. —8:16 a.m., May 14
Garden help A big thanks to littlest green thumbs in the building for their hard work and expertise at sprucing up our plantings! The backyard now looks even more like home. We appreciate the parents’ willing oversight too. And thanks to Jessica for organizing the day’s activities! —7:31 a.m., May 13
Healthcare Heroes To honor the staff of New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia Medical Center, the city will rename the stretch of 168th Street between Broadway and Fort Washington as Healthcare Heroes Way. The ceremony takes place Friday at noon on the Broadway. —7:57 a.m., May 12
Covid decline More good news: the rate of Covid-19 infections in Fort George and Hudson Heights continues its downward path. Only 1.25 percent of our neighbors in 10033 were infected in the week ending Friday. Compare that to mid-December, when the rate was 7.98 percent. Of all Uptown, only Lower WaHi beats us, with its 0.87 rate. —7:32 a.m., May 11
Dandelion dance Released to coincide with this year’s crop, Dandelion features Daniel Gwirtzman’s interpratation of the cycle of the resilient plant. He was fascinated by it last spring when the dance troupe founder was isolated in the woods Upstate at the beginning of the pandemic. The film premiers in the Green Space festival next week; watch a trailer here. —7:46 a.m., May 10
Mother’s Day Our best wishes to all the Pinehurst moms! Mark the day with your family on a stroll through Fort Tryon Park, the 67-acre gem of a greenspace that celebrated its 85th birthday in the pandemic year. Here’s a film to celebrate the park, and to honor a famous Uptown mom’s contribution to the park: Dr. Ruth. —8:37 a.m., May 9
Weekend picks Get outside today and work on the Uptown scavenger hunt for Jane’s Walk. It ends Sunday! Help clean up trash in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday or clear weeds in Fort Tryon Park. Then relax on Sunday afternoon with a performance of the Jazz Power Initiative, right, streaming to your laptop. —7:33 a.m., May 7
Director’s seat Have you ever wanted to direct? You won’t meet stars of stage or screen in this job, but running the business that runs our home is an important task. If you’d like to be on the ballot at our annual meeting in June, visit with a board member or contact John. —6:42 a.m., May 5
Covid hospitalizations More good news: the proportion of our neighbors in hospitals for Covid treatment is the lowest of Upper Manhattan. In fact, you have to go the Upper West Side in the 80s or to Yorkville to find fewer than the 38 patients per 100,000 population in Fort George and Hudson Heights. And on Friday, Gov. Cuomo rescinded our Yellow Zone order. —8:09 a.m., May 4
Uptown aid Four organizations have requested a total of $11.5 million from Congress: the Action for the Retired Community XVI, Yeshiva’s Weissberg Commons, Community League of the Heights’ food pantry, and the Columbia Covid-19 Mental Wellness Corps. More here. —8:09 a.m., May 3
Library reopens The Washington Heights Library will open again. The NYPL branch in Lower WaHi ends its literary isolation next Monday, when its hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Sunday. The Fort Washington branch, in Fort George, remains closed. —8:38 a.m., May 2
Weekend picks The garlic mustard plant invades New York each summer, siphoning water and other resources from native species. Help dig them out of Spuyten Dyvil Creek this morning. Support the Hudson Cliffs School P.S./I.S. 187 at its activities fair on Saturday, right, which will feature booths from a number of Uptown groups and artisans. A kids’ baseball league continues the spring season on the Dyckman Fields Sunday morning. —7:57 a.m., April 30
Greenway expansion The goal of a pedestrian path all the way around the island is getting closer. The next path sections will include one from Sherman Creek to the University Heights Bridge, at 207th Street. —8:07 a.m., April 28
Covid decrease Those shots seem to be working. Fort George and Hudson Heights now have the lowest infection rate Uptown: only 2.04 percent of residents in 10033 tested positive in the week ending Friday. You have to go to down to Morningside Heights, where the infection rate is 1.37 percent, to find a lower number. Keep those masks on! —7:25 a.m., April 27
Arts Stroll The nineteenth annual uptown event starts at the end of May, and the group has just chosen Marta Blair’s design, right, as its post. Born in Medellin, Colombia, Blair moved here in 1997. She holds two fine arts degrees and has worked in visual arts and textile design over the last twenty years. Blair has lived Uptown for a couplr of decades ans has been part of Cornerstone Studios since 2015. Once the Arts Stroll schedule is posted, we’ll add it to our Events Calendar. —8:00 a.m., April 26
Bus lane Starting tomorrow, buses an 181st Street will face less traffic between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue when cars will be banned. The goal is to get buses moving faster than the current 4 mph average, helping 66,000 daily riders get to their destinations faster, including the 1 and A Trains. If you drive east on 181st, look for alternative routes. —9:54 a.m., April 25
Earth Day outings Happy Earth Day weekend! The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra has set up somewhere in Fort Tryon Park … and they aren’t saying where. You have until 5 to find them. Or show your mother you love her by taking this quiz to find out how much you know about home. It’s part of Columbia’s state of the planet series. To prep youself you could watch a new video from the Fort Tryon Park Trust. —2::31 p.m., April 24
Weekend picks The Scandia Symphony returns, albeit online, for a performance of music from Scandinavia this afternoon. Mark Earth Day with your kids tomorrow during a virtual workshop to help pollinating insects by planting the flowers they prefer. On Sunday you can roll up your sleeve—to donate blood, which is in very short supply right now. There’s also a march against anti-Asian violence that starts at Mitchel Square on Sunday at noon. —8:13 a.m., April 23
Happy birthday! It was thirty-six years ago today that the 447 Fort Washington Owners’ Corp. came into existence. We’ve come a long way since 1985. Anyone bake a cake? —7:47 a.m., April 22
Street envy Where would you guess is the street with the city’s most-sought homes? SoHo? Sutton Place? Brooklyn Heights? Nope: Lower WaHi. According to The Post, Sylvan Terrace, the block of 20 three-story townhomes, has more street cred than anywhere in the five boroughs. But if the price is too dear, the best deal in WaHi is a $125,000 two-bedroom. Cash only. —8:02 a.m., April 21
Bicycle adventures With the addition of three dozen Citi Bikes stations in Upper Manhattan, someone had a sweet spot for us. Just steps away from our front door is a stand with regular and electric bikes, as the Citi Bikes map shows, right, but we’re still waiting for the bikes. There’s a new stand at Plaza Lafayette with bikes, the one at Bennett Park is still available, and Fort George now has several stations, with more planned for the summer. For some riding ideas, here’s a description of routes riders enjoy around the neighborhood. You should probably stay away from the mountain bike trails in Highbridge Park, though, since these are, after all, city bikes. —7:45 a.m., April 20
Vaccine at Yeshiva There’a one less reason to postpone getting your shot. Yeshiva has the vaccine and it’s available for anyone 50 and older at walk-up appointments. Walk over to the campus at 2495 Amsterdam Avenue at 184th Street in Fort George, Sundays through Thursdays from 9 to 7 and Fridays from 9 to 5. —4:33 p.m., April 19
Culture Streets II The city made an adjustment to its Open Culture street locations. Instead of two in Inwood, there’s now one in Inwood and one in Hudson Heights. It’s Bennett Street, between 181st and 187th Streets. The two on Jumel Terrace remain. More info here. —8:07 a.m., April 19
Hudson Heights Henge Today’s the day when the sun aligns with the (nominally) east-west streets in Hudson Heights. If you missed the dawn, head out for sunsent to see the light fall straight down one of our streets leading to the river. —8:29 a.m., April 18
Weekend picks A Hudson Heights dancer’s film, right, makes its debut in a festival in Nepal this morning; you can skip the jet lag and watch a trailer. Hear an author of ancestral stories discuss her book tomorrow afternoon online. Or get out of the house and hike across the Henry Hudson Bridge to the Bronx with the Urban Park Rangers. Wear comfy shoes, and don’t forget your mask. —8:21 a.m., April 16
Neighborhood drains The pandemic year saw an exodus of urban residents across the country. In New York, the spots with the biggest population decreases were Midtown, Lower Manhattan, and Northern Brooklyn. Uptown felt the pain too, though Hudson Heights and Fort George saw the smallest net loss, of 1,626 people, or 11 in 1,000 residents. By comparison, Inwood and Lower WaHi lost 15 per 1,000 residents, and Sherman Creek and Upper Fort George lost 19 per 1,000. The biggest gainer? Sacramento. Read the details here. —8:02 a.m., April 14
Top playground Bennett Park is sure convenient but the Javits Playground at Margaret Corbin Circle gets a rave from Curbed. Thanks to its view, the online real estate site includes it in its list of the eleven best playgrounds in town (and one of the six best in Manhattan). —8:45 a.m., April 13
Inwood properties Ready to move into more space? The Hurst Mansion in Inwood is on the market for $2.2 million. Built in 1912 for the president of the New York Stock Telegraph Co., the home’s fifty thousand square feet has plenty of rooms for a family with several children, as William Hurst had. In the 1970s it was sold to the Seventh-Day Adventists, fell into disrepair and was bricked up. You’ll need a good contractor. At the Columbia Athletic Field, the university filed a permit to build a new indoor tennis center, possibly replacing the current one. —7:57 a.m., April 12
Package security If you find that one of your packages has gone missing, we suggest you take these steps so we can help you track it down. First, confirm with the delivery service that your package arrived. Then file a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311. Next, inform John at Argo, who will arrange to have the surveillance video saved for the police. More details below, under Delivery Security and Package Pirates. —9:23 a.m., April 11
Weekend picks Tonight you can discover the history of Manhattan’s only untouched forest, Inwood Hill Park, where, the story goes, the island changed hands at Shorakkopoch Rock. Help clean up graffiti along Fort Washington Avenue in Lower WaHi tomorrow. Listen to a performance by the WaHi Chamber Orchestra’s concert master, right, on Sunday night when he plays music from twentieth-century composers. —7:52 a.m., April 9
Vaccination rate Good news: More than 35 percent of Upper Manhattan residents have now had at least one shot in their anti-Covid-19 doses, and 24 percent are fully vaccinated. In our ZIP code, covering Fort George and Hudson Heights, the figures are slightly better: 36 percent with one dose and 25 percent with both. Those results may be one reason the infection rate continues its slow decline, at an average of 5.56 percent for the three ZIP codes in Uptown. And 10033 looks healthier, with an infection rate of 4.53 percent, down by nearly half from the final week of December, when 7.98 percent of residents tested positive. Scroll down for vaccine locations! —8:12 a.m., April 8
Resting soles Do you have more shoes then you have space? Nothing to be ashamed of: you’re a New Yorker. Shoes matter. Melanie is giving away an aluminum shoe rack, the one in the photo. It adjusts from 24 inches wide (shown) to 44 inches. —7:59 a.m., April 7
16 and older Most teens are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine today in any of the places listed below the comments box. Note 16- and 17-year-old must take the Pfizer vaccine. —7:53 a.m., April 6
Edgeworthia, hellebores They’re in bloom in Fort Tryon Park, along with corylopsis, magnolias and of course pansies. Do you enjoy your walks through the park? Join others in requesting more help to keep the park clean by signing your name to this letter. —8:07 a.m., April 5
Happy Easter Our best wishes on this holy day. —9:14 a.m., April 4
Weekend picks Get active and incrase your flexibility and balance with an at-home dance class this morning led by Hudson Heights’ own Daniel Gwirtzman. Kids who like to draw are invited to join a virtual art class on Saturday, using supplies you already have at home. Would you know what to do if you were lost in the woods with no GPS? On Sunday the Urban Park Rangers will teach you the basics of orienteering, right, so you can figure out which way is north no matter which subway stop you emerge from. —8:22 a.m., April 2
Get the shot Starting today any New Yorker who’s at least 30 years old can get the Covid-19 vaccine. We need more people who are protected so we can slow the spread of the coronavirus! Scroll down to Covid-19 Information for a list of places to get vaccinated. —7:39 a.m., March 30
Vaccination rate Safety keeps looking up in Uptown. As as yesterday, 30 percent of residents in the Hudson Heights and Fort George ZIP code had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 19 percent were fully vaccinated. Those figures are up from 25.5 percent and 12 percent just two weeks ago, but there’s still a long way to go. Sign up for your shot! Appointment info below, under the Comments bar. —8:48 a.m., March 29
E-cycle recycling Congratulations to everyone who recycled their used electronics: you saved 1,020 pounds of printers, monitors, keyboards, cables and more from the dump last year. Since we’ve been enrolled in the city’s e-cycling program, we’ve kept 5,667 pounds of digital detritus from landfills. Have a satellite receiver or game board you no longer use? See the info under Electronics Recyling, below. —2:18 p.m., March 28
Happy Passover Our best wishes for a joyful and delicious meal. —8:04 a.m., March 27
Weekend picks The Hispanic Society hosts an online story time this afternoon, in both Spanish and English. Take binoculars on a (socially distanced) hike on Saturday to watch the spring migration of birds in Inwood Hill Park. Close the weekend with a special chamber music concert on Sunday night. —8:22 a.m., March 26
GWB delay Due to a vehicle collision, expect extensive traffic delays on the George Washington Bridge. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —7:09 a.m., March 26
Welcome to LiDoRep Have you used Google to map our neighborhood lately? Turns out the area has a new name. Hudson Heights is still there, appearing over Bennett Park, and Fort George makes an appearance too, though rather northeast of its actual location. How do the names get chosen — and located? The secretive web giant doesn’t answer residents’ questions, and cartographers aren’t so sure that crowd-sourcing maps is the way to go. For what it’s worth, Mapquest uses neither Little Dominican Republic nor Hudson Heights, and Apple doesn’t even try: it names no neighborhoods. —8:05 a.m., March 25
Infection jump After weeks of decreasing infections in our Zip code, the rate nearly doubled last week to 8.14 percent, from the previous week’s rate, 4.53 percent. Don’t let your guard down! The vaccine will help but we’re not out of the woods yet. —8:20 a.m., March 24
Historic Holyrood The Episcopal church just down the street from us may become a landmark. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission will livestream a hearing at 9:30 this morning to consider whether the church and its Gothic revival style should get special status. It was built by Bannister & Schell for the congregation, which was founded in 1893. —7:57 a.m., March 23
Mac madness Which NCAA men’s basketball team has the longest winning streak? The Maccabees of Yeshiva University. The Fort George team has played 36 games without a loss — the last time they didn’t win was in November 2019 — but they won’t play in the championship because the pandemic canceled the NCAA Division III tournament. —9:54 a.m., March 22
Spring arrives With the changing of the season, take a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Need help? Ask Bud. —9:21 a.m., March 21
Covid infections The rate is getting worse. Here in Zip code 10033, including Fort George and part of Lower WaHi, 7.98 percent of people are infected, more than the rate for the city, which is 7 percent. In Inwood, it’s even higher: 8.53 percent. Scroll down to find out how to get tested for free and how to find out if you have coronavirus antibodies. —9:11 a.m., December 29
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