Residents’ Information

Covid positive There’s some good news in the latest Covid-19 figures. Our ZIP code has the lowest rate of positive test results in Uppwer Manhattan—and the second-lowest in all Manhattan, as of May 15. Only East Harlem has a lower rate, at 7.62 percent. The bad news is that 7.96 percent of residents in Hudson Heights and Fort George have it, so keep your mask on. —7:26 a.m., May 25

 

Schools superintendent Uptown parents can help NYC Schools decide whether to keep Manuel Ramirez, the superindent of District 6, which covers Hamilton Heights to Inwood. The meeting will be held virtually tonight at 7:15, with registration online. (Click here for Spanish.) —7:58 a.m., May 24

Cardboard recycling Let’s pitch in and help Bud with our recycling — your assistance will help us keep a lid on costs. Flatten your boxes when you put them in the recycling area. The  picture at right shows what we want to avoid. Keep in mind: The rules are mandated by the Department of Sanitation, so if we don't do it, Bud will have to spend more of his time on your recycling. If he doesn’t, we pay fines — which come from your maintenance fee. So find the zen in breaking down your boxes. —6:52 a.m., May 23

“A” Train Following a service disruption, service on the A and C Trains service resumed in both directions about a half an hour ago. Expect residual delays.  —6:52 p.m., May 22

 

Cool it! Today’s going to feel like July. There’s an Air Quality Health Advisory from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., meaning anyone who’s active or who has respiratory problems, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. Here’s a neat map showing spray fountains, shady trees, and water fountains. —8:41 a.m., May 21

Weekend picks Hear how a visual artist seeks solidatiry through her work this evening on Audubon Terrace, where her work is on display. Learn how herbs, vegetables, and other fruit of the garden were cultivated and used in medieval Europe during an excursion on Saturday in Fort Tryon Park. Then kick back with live parlor jazz, right, in Lower WaHi on Sunday afternoon. —7:09 a.m., May 20

181st escalators Even if you must take the “A” Train to get to work and home again, you’ll now have to take the elevators at the 120-foot-deep 181st Street station if you don’t want to use the stairs. All three escalators are out of service until February so they can be replaced. Why all three at once? Each is powered by the same machine, so when the machine is off, there are no escalators. More than 9,000 people use the station a day, so expect longer elevator lines. —3:41 p.m., May 19

Covid-19 Information

Even as the omicron variant of Covid-19 dissipates, we still require all residents and visitors to wear masks in the building’s common areas.

     That includes the lobby, elevator, gym, laundry room, basement, and all hallways.

     If it turns out you have the symptoms of Covid-19, inform Aileena at Argo, and notify the Resident Manager before you leave the building or return, so he can isolate you in the elevator.

     Let’s all keep the building safe.

     Vaccinated? Sign up for Excelsior Pass so you can show proof whenever you need it.

     The vaccination rate is inching upward in our ZIP code. We’re now at 77.5% in Hudson Heights and Fort George, compared to 77.1% in early April. That’s the good news. The bad news is we’re still behind the city’s rate of 87.06%.

     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, are available by registering for a shot at on.nyc.gov/vaccineathome or by calling (877) 829-4692.

Application Forms

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.

Automatic Payment
Never be late again with your maintenance fee. Sign up for automatic payment from your checking account. It’s ideal for travelers. There’s no cost, and with it you’ll never pay another late fee.
ACH Form Scan.PDF
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Bike Rack
Store your bicycle in the basement storage room. Please keep it locked to the rack. To get your rack, fill out this form. (It’s the same as the Storage Cage form, just check the Bike Rack box at the bottom.)
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
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Decoration Agreement
If the improvement you’re planning is less extensive than a renovation but you’re still planning to use outside help to complete the job, you may be eligible to use the decoration agreement. It’s less extensive than the alteration agreement (below, under Renovations and Alterations). Before submitting a decoration agreement, please visit with the property manager.
Pinehurst 447 Decoration Agreement.pdf
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Renovations and Alterations
Renovations fall into this category. Use this form to submit with your plans. If you believe your work is not extensive, please contact the property manager to see if you qualify to work under a decoration agreement (see above). Mail the completed form to Hedda at Argo, 50 West 17 Street, NYC 10011-5702.
Pinehurst 447 Alteration Agreement.pdf
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Sale/Purchase of Apartment Shares
The purchaser should fill out this document to apply to transfer shares from the seller.
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Storage Cage
If your apartment is too cluttered, store your overflowing belongings in a storage cage in the basement. To get your cage, fill out this document.
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
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Sublet
If you plan to sublet your apartment, your proposed subtenant needs to complete this document.
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     The documents you will need for some other puposes are available from different web sites. Here are the most popular:


Gym

     The gym is closed during the pandemic.

 

Pets

      Have a new best friend? The building welcomes most pets but requires proof of their immunizations and, for dogs, a city license. The house rules outline a pet owner’s responsibilities (at Section 24). If your pet is a pup and you need a dog license, find out how to file the paperwork here. The form needs to be notarized.
 

Contacting Us

Have a question about the House Rules, or how to get a storage cage? Ask one of your directors. This year they are:

     Riva Hocherman, president

     Alicia Meléndez, secretary

     Nilou Safinya, treasurer

     Jennifer Peng, vice president

     Leslie Thrope, vice president

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 board@thepinehurst.org or one of these addresses:
    
board@thepinehurst.org For general questions
    
bud@thepinehurst.org To reach Bud
    
secretary@thepinehurst.org To update your contact details
    
web@thepinehurst.org Reaches the webmaster
     You may also call Tarshia Champagne, the acting property manager,
at (212) 896-8600. You may mail correspondence to us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 68, New York NY 10033.

 

Delivery Security and Package Pirates

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.

 

Gas Meter Reading and Inspections

The state mandates inspections of gas meters and piping to keep you and your neighbors safe. If your meter (it’s probably in your kitchen) has not been inspected, call (800) 643-1289 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. or send an e-mail to gasinspections@coned.com.

     Alternatively, if yours has in fact been inspected and you’re still being asked to set up a time, take a picture of the inspection sticker and email it to the same address.

     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.

 

General Data Protection Regulation Info

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 web@thepinehurst.org, and the Controller’s Representative is the property manager, Aileena Pacheco, 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, Riva Hocherman, who may be reached at 447fwa@thepinehurst.org.

     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 secretary@thepinehurst.org or at 447 Fort Washington Ave, Apt 68, New York NY 10033.

 

Grilling in the Parks

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.

 

Hazardous Waste: Paint, Pesticides, CFC’s

After sprucing up your walls you probably have more paint than you can use for touch-ups. To dispose of them in the trash, let the paint dray out—just be sure you keep a window open. Once the paint is dry you can put it in the trash.

     If it’s latex paint (and it’s still wet), you can take up to five gallons to one of the city’s hazardous waste collection points. You can also drop off pesticides, electronics, motor oil and the like. The city also runs occasional Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics disposal events that are closer to home, but last only a day.

 

House Rules

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.

House Rules
The House Rules are available here. Return the cover sheet to Argo.
Please keep yourself familiar with the information in this document, which is part of your Proprietary Lease. The House Rules will be updated to include the Smoking Policy, which goes into effect on August 28. Until they are revised, shareholders who intend to sell or sublet must include the smoking policy in their sale or lease agreement. A copy of it is below, under “Smoking Policy.”
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Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Severe Weather

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.

 

Laundry Room

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.

Hurcules CyclePay App
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     The laundry room is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

     To help keep us safe during the pandemic, we ask you to limit its use to two people or families at a time and to take your clean laundry back to your apartment to fold so the next person can get in sooner.

     Para mantenernos a todos sanos, implementamos algunos procedimientos nuevos ayer para usar la lavandería. La lavandería está abierta todos los días de 7 a.m. a 11 p.m. Le pedimos que limite su uso a dos personas o familias a la vez y que lleve su ropa limpia a su apartamento para doblarla para que la próxima persona pueda entrar antes.

     When you load the machines, it’s easy to feel you need to use more detergent than is necessary. That’s beacause modern cleaning products, including cleaning boosters and fabric softeners, are formulated to require less than in years past. When you put in too much, the washers cannot rinse it all out, leaving chemicals in your clothes—and leaving scents in the washers that your neighbors may not care for. Check the instructions on your detergent, boosters, and fabric softeners, and use only what’s recommended.

     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 service@hercnet.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

 

Maintenance Fee Statements

We welcome you to switch to paperless billing for your monthly maintenance fee.

     If you’ve signed up and chose not to receive paper statement but they’re still arriving, we have a solution. Just send an email to Aileena and she’ll get it straightened out.

 

Manhattan Maintenance Fees

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:

Maintenance fees in Hudson Heights, 2017
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Manhattan Maintenance Fees, 2012
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Noise

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.

 

NYC Notify

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/

 

Recycling: Electronics

     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.

     Your efforts make a real difference. Since we’ve been enrolled in the city’s e-cycling program, we’ve kept 5,667 pounds of digital detritus from landfills as of this spring.

     The city will collect these electronics:

  • Televisions (including cathode ray tubes)
  • Computer peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • Monitors, laptops
  • Electronic keyboards
  • Electronic mice and other pointing devices
  • Fax machines, document scanners, and printers that are meant for use with a computer and weigh less than 100 lbs.
  • TV peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • VCRs
  • Digital video recorders
  • DVD players
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Cable or satellite receivers
  • Electronic or video game consoles
  • Small-scale servers
  • Portable devices, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • Portable digital music players

Recycling: Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic

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 July 10, but when they do the only one in Manhattan will be at 74 Pike Slip, between Cherry and South Streets, under the Manhattan Bridge. As an alternative, 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.

  1. Flatten your boxes when you put them in the recycling area. The recent picture at right shows what we want to avoid.
  2. Do not put your recycling in plastic bags. That includes plastic recycling. You can throw it all directly in the bin, which contains special bags that the city accepts.
     Keep in mind: The rules are mandated by the Department of Sanitation. So if we don't do it, Bud will have to spend more of his time on your recycling. If he doesn’t, we pay fines — which come from your maintenance fee. So find the zen of breaking down your boxes. It will save you money, too.
     A medida que vivimos la pandemia y nos enfrentamos a un volumen de basura sustancialmente mayor, ya estamos gastando más para gestionar nuestra basura. Su ayuda nos ayudará a controlar los costos.
    1. Aplana tus cajas cuando las pongas en el área de reciclaje. La imagen arriba muestra lo que queremos evitar.
    2. No ponga su reciclaje en bolsas de plástico. Eso incluye el reciclaje de plástico. Puedes tirarlo todo directamente a la papelera, que contiene bolsas especiales que acepta la ciudad.
    Las reglas son impuestas por el Departamento de Saneamiento. Entonces, si no lo hacemos, Bud habrá dedicado más tiempo a tu reciclaje. Si no lo hace, pagamos multas.
 

Smoke Detectors

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.

 

Smoking Policy

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.

Smoking Policy
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STAR Property Tax Rebate

The STAR rebate grants co-op owners (whose apartments are their primary residences) the same school tax relief that owners of real estate have received for years.
     The credit has changed. Some homeowners remain eligible to receive STAR as a property tax exemption, while others will receive the STAR personal income tax credit and will be sent a check by the state. The distinctions are made based on your income, with the lines drawn at incomes over and under $250,000.   
      If you once received the benefit but no longer do, read these instructions to find out if you qualify again. The credit is not given automatically—you  must apply for it—but if you applied in the past you may not need to do so again. So register for the credit as soon as you become an owner.
     Details on eligibility are here. The numbers you may need for The Pinehurst are:
     PROPERTY CODE RX7N991 
     LOT 87  
     BLOCK 2177

     BOROUGH 1

 

Subways and Transportation

181 Street: Busway Pilot plan
Increasing the speed of transportation along 181st Street has been a goal of everyone for years. In 2021, 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.

 

A Train
   
Scheduled maintenance is posted
here by the MTA.

The Weekender

     Changes to subway service from Friday afternoon to Monday morning are posted here.

Announcement Archive

Summer camps Today’s the first day to register kids for the farm-to-table workshop at the Dyckman Famhouse in July. The free five-day camp shows eight- to thirteen-year-olds the secrets of gardening, and it’s free. Neighborhood summer camps are also planned for young athletes and writers. See the full list on our page of kids’ activities. —7:36 a.m., May 18

 

ConEd inspection The state mandates inspections of gas meters and piping to keep you and your neighbors safe. If your meter (it’s probably in your kitchen) has not been inspected, call (800) 643-1289 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. or send an e-mail to gasinspections@coned.com. Alternatively, if yours has in fact been inspected and you’re still being asked to set up a time, take a picture of the inspection sticker and email it to the same address. —7:41 a.m., May 17

Annual meeting The shareholders’ meeting of the corporation takes place remotely on Tuesday night, June 14, at 7. You’ll get contact information from Argo. —2:13 p.m., May 16

 

Board seats Would you like to have a hand in setting policy for the building? Do you have experience running a business? Our annual election is coming up and we’d like to know who else is interested in serving. If you have questions about the board or if you already know you’d like to run, just let any board member or Aileena know. —6:47 a.m., May 16

Lunar eclipse The moon will appear to turn red (or reddish) tonight during an eclipse. Moonrise starts about 7:50 p.m. Sunday with the partial eclipse starting at 10:28 and totality peaking at 12:11 a.m., according to NASA. —8:55 a.m., May 15

Weekend picks It’s your final weekend to see the work of women artists in the Heights, including our own Rough Acres, at the NoMAA Gallery in Lower WaHi. A solo performance of Gross Anatomy, a one-act musical based on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, takes place Saturday night in Hudson Heights. You’ll never think of the harp the same way after a concert featuring Bridget Kibbey, right, and Latin music on Sunday evening in Hudson Heights. —7:35 a.m., May 13

Vaccination rate It’s inching upward in our ZIP code. We’re now at 77.5% in Hudson Heights and Fort George, compared to 77.1% in early April. That’s the good news. The bad news is we’re still behind the city’s rate of 87.06%. Need a vaccine or booster? Get one with a $50 gift card on Monday at the Y in Fort George between 11 and 3, on Nagle Avenue. —7:31 a.m., May 12

 

Tryon steps A driver lost control and crashed into the steps l of Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park on Friday. They’re still usable, and the Parks Department is planning repairs. —3:48 p.m., May 11

 

Housing demand Even though we don’t often follow rent rates, they’re a good sign of the demand for homes. A study from RentHop, below, shows that one-bedrooms near the “A” Train’s 181 Street stop have the highest average monthly rent, $2,000, of any spot near an Uptown subway stop. The closest Manhattan stop to match ours is also on the “A” line, at 145th. —7:16 a.m., May 10

Expressway pillars Several of the concrete columns under the Tower Apartments, on the route of the Trans Manhattan Expressway, are crumbling, but the Port Authority confirms there’s no reason for concern. A social media post had questioned their safety, but they’re traffic barriers, not support pillars. Steel beams hold up the tunnel’s roof and the buildings above them. —7:30 a.m., May 9

 

Happy Mother’s Day! Our best wishes to all the moms at the Pinehurst. —9:46 a.m., May 8

Weekend picks The Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts returns to Audubon Terrace, right, showcasing contemporary artists selected by the members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and it’s on display all weekend. Tomorrow you may see some tired trekkers: they are walking the distance of Manhattan, from the Fraunces Tavern to Inwood and back. Take an easier walk on Sunday to discover the trees of Manhattan’s only remaining forest. —8:08 a.m., May 6

Parkway crash Just in time for rush hour: A vehicle collision is causing extensive southbound traffic delays on the Henry Hudson Parkway at West 150th Street. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —4:12 p.m., May 5

 

Slow down The neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan are among those the city is targeting in its new campaign to increase pedestrian safety from speeding cars. Complaints to 311 about drag racing quadrupled in the first three months of the pandemic compared with the previous year, and a substantial number came from WaHi and Inwood. —7:09 a.m., May 3

 

Landmark sale The Lower WaHi apartment building where Count Basie practiced and Joe Louis did calisthenics sold for $26.5 million last month. At 555 Edgecomb, the 127-unit building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a New York City Landmark. Anyone know of famous former residents of 447? —9:40 a.m., May 1

Weekend picks Get out to a park today and enjoy the shade on Arbor Day. Then you can take a step back in time at a performance of traditional flamenco music and dance, right, tonight at the Hispanic Society on Audubon Terrace. Tomorrow you can trek through Manhattan’s only untouched forest to discover sites used by Native peoples in the centuries before Europeans arrived. Cheer on Columbia’s softball team as they close out the regular season Sunday afternoon in Inwood in a conference finale. —6:51 a.m., April 29

Canopy of elms The century-old elm trees in Fort Tryon Park need extra care. Nearly fifty of them need vaccinations of their own, against Dutch elm disease. The cost is $55,000, and this year the Fort Tryon Park Trust has a matching grant, doubling your gift. With Arbor Day on Friday, consider making a donation to protect the park's ecology, beauty, and shade. Donate here. —7:20 a.m., April 27

 

Hospitalization decrease The last time so few neighbors were in the hospital for Covid was November. In March, only 10 people per 100,000 in Hudson Heights and Fort George sought hospital care, which was still 11 percent higher than the rate for Manhattan. In January, the rate was 216 per 100,000. —7:26 a.m., April 26

 

Greenway construction Federal relief funds will help cover the cost of repairing the Hudson River Greenway’s retaining walls and sinkholes. The path between 180th and Dyckman Streets will be closed for about four months, starting later this spring. —7:01 a.m., April 25

 

High Bridge crossings The only crossing that prohibits cars between Manhattan and the Bronx—and anywhere else, for that matter—closes to foot traffic in the evenings. Uptown politicians and the two boroughs’ presidents asked the Parks Department to keep the High Bridge open until 10 o’clock every night. Share your opinion with Council Member Carmen De La Rosa. —10:33 a.m., April 24

 

Street closures The city supports a car-free Earth Day and is closing two Uptown streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. In Fort George: St. Nicholas Avenue from 181st Street to 190th Street. In Inwood: Dyckman Street from Quizqueya to Dyckman Marina. —9:34 a.m., April 23

Weekend picks Happy birthday! 447 Fort Washington Owners’ Corporation turns 37 years old today. In other events, there’s a chamber orchestra performance of Mahler tonight in Hudson Heights. Tomorrow you can celebrate Earth Day and take part in the Harlem Culture Crawl at Uptown cultural institutions, including gardening at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, right. A new weekly workshop for young authors and illustrators starts Sunday afternoon in Lower WaHi. —7:35 a.m., April 22

New Jersey smoke If you see or smell smoke outdoors, there’s no need to worry. Emergency personnel are fighting a fire in New Jersey. —5:48 p.m., April 20

 

Deserted duvet Paging the owner of a duvet and other random laundry: Get yer stuff from the laundry room. Or will Housing Works soon receive a large fabric donation from us in a week? Joking but will no longer be joking if the duvet is there after this week. Rogier kindly re-laundered it for you, so it’s doubly clean. —3:13 p.m., April 19

 

Health survey How are you feeling? Think about your experiences with your family, friends, and neighbors, and complete a survey from NYC Health + Hospitals to rate the causes of poor health and risk factors where we live. The survey is open through next Wednesday. —6:44 a.m., April 19

 

Heights Henge Today’s the day we get to enjoy the Hudson Heights version of Manhattan Henge, when the sun aligns with our streets and sidewalks at dawn and dusk. Watch for it this morning in case it’s raining this evening! —6:09 a.m., April 18

 

Happy Easter Our best wishes in this season of renewal. —9:10 a.m., April 17

 

Happy Passover Wishing you and your family a sweet Pesach! —5:02 p.m., April 15

Weekend picks Wilco, right, opens a five-night stand in Lower WaHi tonight. The Hispanic Society hosts an outdoor open house tomorrow afternoon, tied to its exhibition of the museum’s most prominent art. Music, crafts and more will be on Audubon Terrace. End the weekend on a smooth note with parlor jazz, live at Marjorie Eliot’s apartment near Highbridge Park on Sunday afternoon. —8:27 a.m., April 15

Alert survey Yesterday the NYC Emergency Management service activated the Wireless Emergency Alert System to send a message to cell phones regarding the suspect wanted in the subway shooting. In an effort to make the system as useful as possible, the city is seeking feedback on the message and would appreciate your response to this survey. —7:36 a.m., April 14

 

Board seats Would you like to have a hand in setting policy for the building? Do you have experience running a business? Our annual election is coming up and we’d like to know who else is interested in serving. If you have questions about the board or if you already know you’d like to run, just let any board member or Aileena know. —6:54 a.m., April 11

 

Six restaurants The PBS show Roadfood is featuring WaHi eateries known for their Dominican treats. Here’s where you can see the list and get a peak at the episode. —9:49 a.m., April 10

Weekend picks Taking kitching towels transforming them from quotidian tools into monumental textiles calls attention to the overlooked work women do. A new exhibit on Audubon Terrace makes the point. Mark spring with a parade through the Heather Garden on Saturday morning, right, followed by an Easter egg hunt on the Billings Lawn. Make a donation for relief in Ukraine on Sunday at a concert featuring Ukrainian music, performed by natives. —7:15 a.m., April 8

Vaccination rate We’re hoping you’re fully vaccinated, boosted, and if you’re in the over-50 club have another booster scheduled. The vaccination rate in our ZIP code is only 77.1 percent, considerably lower than Manhattan’s overall rate of 95.4 percent. That may be a reason the death toll in Fort George and Hudson Heights is 364 per 100,000 instead of Manhattan’s 282. And if you’re feeling ill, get a free, at-home test at nyc.gov/covidtest. —7:58 a.m., April 5

 

Greatest showman Hugh Jackman will be on stage at the United Palace to introduce The Greatest Showman on Sunday. You can get tickets starting this morning at 9 at this new link to see him live in conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda. —7:31 a.m., April 4

Weekend picks Head to Jumel Terrace today: it’s the final weekend for an exhibition of photographs of WaHi from a century ago. Join the Urban Park Rangers on Saturday for a “super hike” of Inwood Hill Park, right, and Fort Tryon Park. Climb to the top of the Highbridge water tower on Sunday for the highest view of the region, for free. (The tower is also open tonight, but for a fee.) —8:28 a.m., April 1

Horned owl You don’t often spot the great horned owl in Manhattan, and you’re less likely to hear one. A bird watcher found one hooting Uptown and shared the video. —7:41 a.m., March 30

 

Idling trucks Have you noticed delivery trucks parked on the street, their engines idling for five, ten, twenty minutes or more? Get a three-minute video of one and earn $87.50 when you send it to the Citizens’ Air Complaint Program, which will fine the truck’s owner. The result: fewer idling trucks, cleaner air, and spending money for you. —7:58 a.m., March 29

 

Recycling tips We’re doing a great job with keeping recyclable items out of the trash, so here’s a reminder of how to help keep the city cleaner. Flatten your boxes when you put them in the recycling area. Do not put your recycling in plastic bags. That includes plastic recycling. You can throw it all directly in the bin, which contains special bags that the city accepts. Getting rid of old electronics? We acdept them too — see the full list below, under Recycling. —10:37 a.m., March 27

Weekend picks Pitch in on a cleanup day at Inwood Hill Park starting this morning. Clear debris, prune gardens, and otherwise get the forest ready for spring visitors. Discover women’s history in eighteenth and nineteenth century Manhattan in Lower WaHi tomorrow. Get out to the grandstand for some baseball Sunday morning. —7:56 a.m., March 25

Ecycle report Nice work on recycling, everyone! In the past year we recycled 880 pounds of cardboard, bottles, metal, and electronics. Since starting the project with the city, we have recycled … wait for it … 6,447 pounds. —2:04 p.m., March 24

 

Fort George transactions Ten buildings in Fort George were sold for $92.2 million to Avi Dishi, a real estate investor who in October bought $10 million in buildings in Harlem. —6:53 a.m., March 24

 

Covid rate The good news is it’s low. For our ZIP code, covering lower Hudson Heights and Fort George, the infection rate last week was 1.78%. The bad news is that’s the highest rate for a neighborhood above 155th Street. In Lower WaHi, it was 1.68%; in Inwood it was 1.44%, and in upper Hudson Heights and Sherman Creek the rate was 0.4%. Mask up! —7:35 a.m., March 23

 

Smoke detectors With spring starting this today, take a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Need help? Ask Bud. —7:47 a.m., March 21

 

Uptown aid Federal funds will be helping neighborhood organizations. The ARC Community Kitchen is receiving $400,000, the CLOTH Food Pantry will get $740,000, Columbia’s Northern Manhattan Covid-19 Community Wellness Corps will have $750,000 to spend, and Yeshiva University will get $1 million to help renovate Weisberg Commons. U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat shepherded the money through Congress. —9:14 a.m., March 20

Weekend picks A new exhibit of Uptown women artists, Up Close and Personal, right, features a Pinehurst resident and just opened in Lower WaHi. The neighborhood chamber orchestra performs an end-of-winter concert tomorrow featuring Elgar and more in Hudson Heights. Join the fun of the P.S. 187 Film Festival on Sunday afternoon in Lower WaHi. —8:28 a.m., March 18

Kyiv aid Twenty-seven students from Yeshiva’s campus in Fort George are in Vienna, where they are helping give aid to hundreds of Ukrainian refugees. You can help here. —8:34 a.m., March 16

 

Car safety Due to an increase in car thefts in ZIP codes 10033, 10034, and 10040, the 34th Precinct reminds you not to leave your car running while unattended, to always lock your vehicle, and to take your keys or key fob with you. Call 311 for more info. —12:39 p.m., March 15

 

Inwood towers They stood for 88 years and functioned for 36 years. Now the trio of tan brick smokestacks is being demolished. High winds in 2020 damaged the structures, which were part of a gargbage incineration plant. They will be torn down this year. —7:44 a.m., March 14

 

Daylight saving For those of you who tell time on a device that isn’t tracking your every move, remember to set your clocks and watches ahead by an hour tonight. —4:32 p.m., March 12

 

GWB fire After a vehicle caught fire, you can expect extensive New Jersey-bound traffic delays on the GWB. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —3:22 p.m., March 11

Weekend picks The Hispanic Society welcomes you to its renovated galleries this weekend with highlights from its collection. Get out your mountain bike and ride the trails tomorrow, right, in Highbridge Park after clearing the paths. Photos of WaHi residents from a century ago find their contemporary echoes in recent portraits make in WaHi, on display during a reception with the photographer Sunday in Roger Morris Park. —2:09 p.m., March 11

Historic district A sociology professor at CUNY proposed a Dominican Historic District to the Community Board last week, which would cover Fort George and most of Lower WaHi (and exclude parts of what Google’s Uptown map refers to as the Little Dominican Republic). The district, which is a long way from being approved, would include 73 cultural spots. —7:16 a.m., March 9

 

Better buildings Long-time residents will be able to appreciate the news that of the fourteen Uptown buildings on the “worst landlords” list, none are in Hudson Heights. In the old days, one of them was across the street from us! It’s vastly improved now. Of those on the list, two are in Inwood, four in Fort George, and eight in Lower WaHi. —8:52 a.m., March 7

 

Mask changes Starting tomorrow, the city will suspend the Key to NYC program and make masks optional in public schools for K–12 students: https://on.nyc.gov/3sGugEA —8:21 a.m., March 6

Weekend picks Young poets will meet in Hudson Heights this afternoon to explore the natural work for inspiration for their writing. If you have a hunch that  Upper Manhattan has its ups and downs, find out for certain tomorrow when you join the Urban Park Rangers’ super hike through a forest and gardens, right.Then fasten your seatbelts: the weekend will end on a bumpy afternoon with a screening of All About Eve, which will be introduced by Bebe Neuwirth and Lin Manuel-Miranda in Lower WaHi. —7:11 a.m., March 4

Food & ethnicity What we eat and where in the world it comes from are the topics of the final Race Matters discussion series. Hosted by the Dyckman Family Farmhouse, the talk is free and online tonight. —7:25 a.m., March 2

 

Parkway delays Due to a police investigation at 6 this morning, there are extensive southbound traffic delays on the Henry Hudson Parkway at 179 Street. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time.—6:23 a.m., February 28

 

Covid cash Still need a booster? Get a jab and $100 at a city-run vaccination site. Tomorrow’s your last chance! Details here. —8:19 a.m., February 27

Omicron wanes The most infectious variant is declining, but the effects of its deadliness still resonate Uptown, where 63 people have died since Omicron began its surge. Protect yourself with a booster shot. Get yours at a City-run vaccine site this month and earn $100. —7:55 a.m., February 14

Covid rates Here’s some good news: The infection rate for our Zip code plunged to 2.91 percent in the week ending Friday. Just three weeks earlier Hudson Heights and Fort George were suffering an  18.93 percent rate! Keep those masks on, and stay safe. —8:50 a.m., February 7

Covid rate You’ve heard that the spike is behind us. Just keep in mind that it isn’t behind us by much. The infection rate in our ZIP code for the week ending Friday was 18.93 percent, which is slightly worse than the 18 percent we experienced in late December, and still miles above the 2 percent rate from September. Stay safe, and mask up! —7:21 a.m., January 18

Covid spike The infection rate in our ZIP code more than doubled in the last week, from 8 percent to 18 percent. In 10040, it’s up to 20.05 percent. Stay away from crowds! —7:31 a.m., December 30

Covid increase Don’t let your guard down. On the week ending last Sunday, 1.69 percent of Covid tests in Hudson Heights and Fort George’s ZIP code came back positive. That’s quite a jump from a month earlier, when 0.8 percent of tests were positive for the week ending November 1. Last week’s rate in Lower WaHi was 2.03 percent, almost a four-fold increase compared to a month earlier, when it was only 0.54 percent. Be careful out there! —8:42 a.m., December 13

Covid decline The Omicron variant is worrisome, but there’s good news. The rate of positive tests in Fort George and Hudson Heights fell a bit again. For the week ending Friday, only 0.68 percent of tests in our ZIP code indicated an infection, down from 0.8 percent for the week ending November 1. By comparison, last week’s rate in Lower WaHi was 1.52 percent, and in Inwood it was 1.8 percent. —7:20 a.m., November 29

Covid decreases There’s good news for Uptown in infection rates. In Hudson Heights and Fort George, only 0.8 percent of Covid tests came back positive during the week ended November 1. By comparison, eleven months ago the rate was 7.98 percent! Keep those masks on: there’s light at the end of the tunnel. —7:13 a.m., November 9

School infections While the Covid infection rate is, overall, pretty low, schools in WaHi have the highest rate in the city, with 0.61 percent of students carrying the disease. By comparison, in Harlem, the district to our south, the rate is less than 0ne-tenth of ours. Keep your mask on and if your child is eligible for the vaccine, please follow through. —7:09 a.m., October 27

Infection rate Good news: the neighborhood took another positive step last week as the infection rate decreased to 2.1 percent, a tenth of a percent lower than the week before. That still means 31 people in Hudson Heights and Fort George tested positive, so stay safe. —11:33 a.m., September 28

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

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

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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