Residents’ Information

Covid rate The good news is that the proportion of positive tests in Hudson Heights and Fort George dropped to 8.38% for the week ending August 12. It’s even better when compared to Inwood’s rate of 14.99% and Lower WaHi’s 12.75%, and when you realize it’t the lowest rate for our ZIP Code this summer. But as recently as May our rate was 7.98%, so keep those masks on and remain vigilant. We’re not out of the woods yet. —7:34 a.m., August 17

 

3-line water To repair a resident’s water issue in the 3-line, a plumber will have the water shut off to toilets in the front hallway of all 3-line apartments today between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please be aware that your toilet tank will not refill after flushing it until after 1 o’clock. —7:41 a.m., August 16

Spotted lanternfly The invasive insect species, right, can devastate crops like grapes and apples, harm trees, and make it unpleasant to sit outside. This year they have embarked on their most robust metropolitan-area invasion since their first appearance here in 2020. New Yorkers are under scientists’ orders to kill without mercy, so please do your part. If you spot one, dispatch it right away. —7:22 a.m., August 15

Pedro’s phone You can reach Pedro by calling (646) 372-0092 (that’s Bud’s old line) or sending an email to Super@ThePinehurst.org. Bud’s email address no longer functions. —12:57 p.m., August 14

Weekend picks Pass some time crocheting, right, with neighbors in Highbridge Park this afternoon. Learn the basics of classical dance from India tomorrow in a private garden in Inwood. Enjoy a humorous take on music when an Argentine ensemble performs on homemade instruments Sunday night in Lower WaHi. —7:16 a.m., August 12

3-line toilets To repair a resident’s water issue in the 3-line, a plumber will have the water shut off to toilets in the front hallway of all 3-line apartments on Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please be aware that your toilet tank will not refill after flushing it until after 1 o’clock. —7:16 a.m., August 11

Façade Repairs

Repairs to the building’s exterior in will start in the first week of August so that we are in compliance with Local Law 11. The work will be performed by Castcapa and Sullivan Engineering, whose crews will wear clothing identifying them so you know who is around the building and inside.

     The contractor will post updates in the lobby so you know which part of the building will be worked on next. The crew will be on site from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will strive to avoid noisy work before 9. Our priority is to have the entire project completed before January (the end of the construction season).

     Before starting work, Castcapa photographed the interiors of all the external walls in apartments to document the their condition and to allow us to identify any damage caused by the work. A Castcapa staffer took the photos on August 11.

     Windows will be covered by blue translucent film to prevent dirt and damage, and air conditioners will be covered by a breathable filter (as in the photo). The filter won’t interfere with the normal use of your A/C. You can expect your units will be covered in active work areas for as long as scaffolds are in place. Once work is complete in an area, Castcapa will remove the filter fabric and plastic protection so that your A/C units and windows can be cleaned.

     Please keep in mind that Castcapa’s workers will not answer residents’ questions about the project, which is Castcapa’s policy. All questions should be addressed to John at Argo, Pedro, or to the board.

 

Covid-19 Information

As the new variants of Covid-19 come and go, we require all residents and visitors to wear masks in the building’s common areas.

     That means that the Mask Policy in the Pinehurst is still in effect. Everyone still needs to wear masks in common spaces: the lobby, elevator, hallways, basement, gym, laundry room, etc. The policy also covers employees, outside vendors, delivery people, and other visitors.

     If you invite guests into the building it is your responsibility to make sure they are wearing a mask. Please notify Pedro, our new super, at (646) 372-0092 if you notice any individuals not in compliance.

     If it turns out you have the symptoms of Covid-19, inform John at Argo and notify Pedro 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.

     For the week ending July 25, the Covid-19 positivity rate in Hudson Heights and Fort George increased dramatically: 14.01 percent. At the end of June it was only 9.83 percent, a jump of more than 42 percent.. Our rate is a bit higher than Lower WaHi’s, 13.81 percent, and is a wash with the rate in Fort George and Sherman Creek: 14.02. Stay cautious.

     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
    Allison Hiroto, vice President
    Jennifer Peng, vice President

Contact them at board@thepinehurst.org or just say hi in the elevator or at the mailboxes. They will be happy to help you.

 

New super Pedro Castro is our new superintendent. You can reach him by calling (646) 372-0092 (that’s Bud’s old line) or sending an email to Super@ThePinehurst.org. Bud’s email address no longer functions.

 

     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 by sending them to secretary@thepinehurst.org or one of these addresses:
    
board@thepinehurst.org For general questions
    
super@thepinehurst.org To reach the super
    
secretary@thepinehurst.org To update your contact details
    
web@thepinehurst.org Reaches the webmaster
     You may also call the property manager, John
Duff, at (212) 896-8600, and 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, Tarshia Champagne, 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. In 2021 we recycled 880 pounds of digital detritus, and since we’ve been enrolled in the city’s e-cycling program, we’ve kept 6,447 pounds of it from landfills.

     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, Pedro 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, Pedro 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 Escalators

You’ll 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, so are the escalators. More than 9,000 people use the station a day, so expect longer elevator lines. The work started in May.

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.

 

181 Street: Busway
     Increasing commuters’ travel along 181st Street has been a goal of everyone for years, and with the busway plan speeds have increase by 30 percent and more. In summer 2022, the Department of Transportation made permanent its pilot plan to restrict on 181st Street traffic that isn’t a bus, truck, or emergency vehicle—unless you’re turning at the next intersection.
 

      Traffic is restricted from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Download the department’s presentation to Community Board 12 in July 2022:

181st Street Busway Plan, June 2022
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      A previous review from Department of Transportation’s of 181st Street is here.

Announcement Archive

Wall photography Remember that tomorrow Castcapa will visit each apartment between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to photograph exterior walls. It is essential that your apartment is photographed to prove the condition of the unit before construction. If you won’t be home, please email John stating that you give Pedro permission to escort the contractors into your aparment. —7:50 a.m., August 10

 

Inwood housing The push for new apartments at affordable prices in Inwood was dealt another setback last week. The Board of Standards and Appeals rejected plans for a nine-story building on Cumming Street after neighborhood residents and a tenants’ group voiced its displeasure at the building’s height, among other issues. Inwood residents have fought against new affordable housing projects for years, but this one has four months to make revisions. —8:22 a.m., August 9

 

Vin Scully He was famous for calling the Dodgers’ games, starting when dem bums were still in Brooklyn. He died on Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, aged 94. But before moving out west, Scully lived nearby — in Hudson Heights. His last known New York address was 869 West 180th Street, which is a block behind us between Pinehurst Avenue and Cabrini Boulevard. —9:29 a.m., August 7

Weekend picks Take in an outdoor concert by a French jazz harmonicist, right, on the lawn of a Dutch farmhouse in Inwood. Tomorrow the annual Stan Michels Memorial Jazz Concert presents its repertiore of musicians in Fort Tryon Park in honor of the late neighborhood activist. If jazz isn’t your thing, get out on the Hudson on Sunday as you try your hand at kayaking. —7:07 a.m., August 5

Apartment photos Next Thursday, August 11, the vendor doing façade work will visit each apartment between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to photograph exterior walls. It is essential that your apartment is photographed to prove the condition of the unit before construction. If you won’t be home, please email John stating that you give Pedro permission to escort the contractors into your aparment. —6:59 a.m., August 4

 

181st busway Closing a lane of 181st Street to regular traffic has increased bus speeds by more than 30 percent, pleasing riders. And while the limits to cars don’t please drivers, pedestrians and business owners on the thoroughfare like the reduced traffic. The limits are in place from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., but will be shortened to end at 8 p.m. —7:11 a.m., August 2

 

Hydrant sprays When it’s hot, kids like to open fire hydrants to cool off. But opening a hydrant without a spray cap is wasteful, dangerous, and illegal. That’s because if lowers water pressure and puts lives at risk if a fire breaks out. Children can also be at risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can cause serious injury. Call 311 to report open hydrants. Or just get a legal spray cap, free of charge, at any firehouse. You must be at least 18. —7:59 a.m., August 1

 

Rent rates Renting is different from owning, but rent is a proxy for the value of homes for sale. The average Manhattan rent has topped $5,000 a month for the first time, according to Douglas Elliman, and a study by Zumper (not a typo) shows that rent in June jumped 40% compared to June 2021. But the city with the most expensive rent? See if you guessed right. —2:42 p.m., July 31

Stoop sale Come find a new treasure or discover the item you didn’t know you couldn’t live without. It’s our stoop sale, and you’ll run into it at the entrance to the building. Your neighbors will be there today from 10 to 2, so stop by and help them out. You never know, you may come across just what you’ve been looking for but couldn’t find anyplace else. —7:26 a.m., July 30

Weekend picks One of Eddie Murphy’s classics, Coming to America, will be screened outdoors tonight in Haven Plaza for free. An indigenous peoples’ drum circle, right, honors the heritage of the original inhabitants of the Hudson Valley. The ceremony tomorrow takes place on an old Dutch farm in Inwood. Close out the weekend, and the month, with a concert of contemporary classics performed on cello and piano in Inwood. —7:29 a.m., July 29

Covid increase As of the end of last week, the Covid-19 positivity rate in Hudson Heights and Fort George increased dramatically: 14.01 percent. At the end of June it was only 9.83 percent, a jump of more than 42 percent.. Our rate is a bit higher than Lower WaHi’s, 13.81 percent, and is a wash with the rate in Fort George and Sherman Creek: 14.02. Stay cautious.  —8:56 a.m., July 27

 

Lego hotel The next time you have more friends visiting than you have sofa space, invite them to stay at the Radio Hotel. If it looks like it’s built of Lego, that’s because it’s a funky building with podcast booths in the lobby. The 261-room hotel also has underground parking available to the public, on Amsterdam Avenue and 181st Street. —7:41 a.m., July 26

 

Severe storm The city is warning of severe thunderstorms this afternoon. We can expect strong winds, heavy rain, and hail. The winds can cause flying debris and power outages, so charge your cell phones and set your fridge and freezer to a cooler temperature. —1:47 p.m., July 25

 

Welcome, Pedro! Stop by the courtyard this morning between 11 and 11:15 to introduce yourself to our new super. His email is Super@ThePinehurst.org. —9:29 a.m., July 24

Stoop sale Unpack those closets and unclog your storage cage when you part with treasures that are old but no longer useful. We’re holding a stoop sale in the courtyard on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and browse or sign up to sell by emailing Jen and Tim at their gmail accounts: jpeng5@ or timothymulay@. We hope to see you there! —8:37 a.m., July 24
New location With the building by Lafayette Plaza holding a public sale tomorrow, we’re moving ours to the sidewalk. You won’t be able to miss us on your way out. —2:35 p.m., July 29

 

Parkway closure To accommodate the NYC Triathlon tomorrow, northbound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway to Mosholu Parkway will be closed intermittently between 4:50 a.m. and 2 p.m. Allow extra travel time and plan alternative routes. —3:17 p.m., July 23

The upper deck of the Henry Hudson Bridge is up to traffic to the Bronx. Also, the races will be shortened today because of the heat, so the streets will re-open sooner. —7:14 a.m., July 24

Weekend picks Discover New York’s original night life on a campout tonight in Fort Tryon Park. Take some midnight snacks and a ghost story or two. Postponed: the Latin and Iberian culture on Saturday, right, at a festival on Audubon Terrace (it will be rescheduled after the heat wave). Try yoga at Manhattan’s only remaining farmhouse on Sunday, in Inwood. —8:19 a.m., July 22

Pedro’s email To reach Pedro by email, send your message to Super@ThePinehurst.org. Bud’s email address will cease to function after Friday. —8:21 a.m., July 20

 

Welcome, Pedro! Our new superintendent is settling in. When you see Pedro Castro, please introduce yourself and tell him something about you. He has a lot of new faces to learn, and a big key ring to figure out. —7:16 a.m., July 19

 

Missing package Did you notice a package from Liberte Leather in the package room? Sara says she was notified that it was delivered last week but can’t find it. If you know its whereabouts, please contact her. —7:53 a.m., July 18

 

Restaurant week(s) You have two fortnights to take advantage of summer’s restaurant week, which features a record number of Uptown eateries. The closest is Terravita, on Broadway between 177th and 178th Streets. $30, $45, or $60 for a prix-fixe lunch or dinner. —7:10 a.m., July 17

Weekend picks Enjoy seasonal mocktails concocted from fresh ingredients grown in an Uptown farmhouse garden tonight in Inwood. Speaking of gardening, pick up some Hudson Valley produce at the Inwood farmers’ market tomorrow morning. On Sunday you can step back in time on a tour of Hudson Heights that tells the story of German Jewish immigrants, right, a century ago. —7:56 a.m., July 15

Stoop sale Unpack those closets and unclog your storage cage when you part with treasures that are old but no longer useful. We’re holding a stoop sale in the courtyard on the 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and browse or sign up to sell by emailing Jen and Tim at their gmail accounts: jpeng5@ or timothymulay@. We hope to see you there! —7:45 a.m., July 13

Co-op prices In the first half of the year, the average co-op apartment in Manhattan sold for $1.245 million, according to a study by Compass real estate. The total volume of all apartment sales in Manhattan was $15.6 billion, the hightest in a decade. —7:28 a.m., July 12

 

Big box Sometimes you want to think outside the box, sometimes you want to think inside the box. Jennifer is looking for one big enough for a toddler to step in for imaginitive play. If you have one, or get one soon, please let her know. —7:57 a.m., July 11

 

Rockets’ red glare The Fourth of July was a week ago, but fireworks noise continues. When you hear it, call 311 to make a report. The police are outnumbered and are unlikely to stop the malefactors, but registering your complaint helps: resources follow 311 calls. —7:49 a.m., July 10

Weekend picks Step back in time on a tour of a medieval garden to find out how people in the Middle Ages used plants as food, medicine, and decoration. This afternoon in Fort Tryon Park. You and your kids can make your own ice cream from Colonial American recipes, right, tomorrow in Roger Morris Park. Spend Sunday afternoon listening to poets and jazz musicians performing in Fort Tryon Park. —7:58 a.m., July 8

Glass trash Throwing away a pane of glass? A broken glass bottle? Please put it in a container that will hold it, and if the container hides what’s inside, label it as glass (or broken glass). You’ll keep everyone safer, and reduce the chance someone will unknowingly smash it and create a mess—and a dangerous one at that. —8:27 a.m., July 7

 

Parking rules Alternate Side Parking regulations for street cleaning resume to pre-pandemic frequency today. It may be a chore for car owners, but the result will be the return of street cleaning machines. For more information, visit the Sanitation site. —7:02 a.m., July 5

 

Park grilling Looking for a place to light up a grill? This map shows the safe spots in Fort Washington Park to cook some hot dogs and barbecue some burgers as you celecbrate the Fourt.

Grilling on the Pinehurst’s balconies and fire escapes is prohibited by law — not to mention common sense. —6:08 a.m., July 4

 

Open streets We have three stretches of Uptown streets closed off during the days this summer. Find out what it sounds like to have no cars zooming by and honking to get pedestrians out of the way! Starting Tuesday, kids can play and anyone can bike ride with nothing to dodge but neighbors.

   Lower WaHi 159th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

                               164th Street between Amsterdam and Edgecomb Avenues

   Sherman Creek Academy Street between Broadway and Vermilyea Avenue

Mondays through Fridays from 8 to 5 until August 19. —7:26 a.m., July 3

Weekend picks The Highbridge Park pool is finally open! Get out and enjoy the water in a pool almost as long as a football field. Take a bottle of water and sunscreen too. On Saturday you can take a tour of the medieval gardens at the Cloisters, discovering the herbs and medicines they cultivated. Then on Sunday get on the Hudson in a kayak for a chance to try your hand at paddling. —7:26 a.m., July 1

Infection rate The good news is that in Fort George and Hudson Heights the Covid-19 infection rate was 9.83 percent for the week ending Saturday, which is lower than Sherman Creek (11.11 percent) and Inwood (12.56 percent). The bad news is it’s higher than Lower WaHi (8.24 percent), and higher than a month ago, when it was 7.96 percent. Get your kids under 5 vaccinated, and wear a mask! —8:25 a.m., June 29

 

Election day Plenty of races will be decided in today’s primary election. Note that our polling place has changed: It’s now at the Armory; enter on Fort Washington Avenue at 169th Street. (Formerly it was at Holyrood Church.) Polls are open until 9 p.m. —7:36 a.m., June 28

 

Bursting in air The Fourth of July isn’t for another week, but the noise of fireworks is underway. They’re illegal to set off in the city because they’re dangerous, not to mention an earsore. When you hear them, call 311 to make a report. The police are outnumbered and are unlikely to stop the malefactors, but registering your complaint helps: resources follow 311 calls. —8:21 a.m., June 26

Weekend picks Spend the night in Fort Tryon Park, right, on a family campout. Mark the beginning of summer with a twilight stroll through Inwood Hill Park on Saturday night. Hear Steven Spielberg discuss the art and craft of moviemaking, in a coversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda on Sunday afternoon in Lower WaHi. —8:13 a.m., June 24

Smoke detectors With summer starting this today, take a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. —7:20 a.m., June 21

 

School spending The city’s $101 billion budget includes outlays for Uptown school projects. Yeshiva University will receive $6.75 million to upgrade streets in Fort George, and P.S. 187 is getting $1 million to renovate its schoolyard. —6:01 a.m., June 20

 

Happy father’s day Our best wishes to all the dads in the Pinehurst! —8:21 a.m., June 19

Weekend picks An exhibit of watercolors of Spain, Portugal, and Mexico, right, opens today at the Hispanic Society on Audubon Terrace. Tomorrow you can purchase art for yourself at a neighborhood show and sale at the RING garden in Inwood. A performance of Scandinavian music celebrates the summer outdoors in Fort Tryon Park on Sunday. —8:45 a.m., June 17

New directors Thanks to everyone who joined us tonight for the shareholders’ annual meeting. After the election, the directors decided on roles, and here’s the new list of Pinehurst leadership:

    Riva Hocherman — President
    Alicia Meléndez — Secretary 
    Nilou Safinya — Treasurer
    Jennifer Peng — Vice President
    Allison Hiroto — Vice President
Congratulations to our new directors and officers. Whenever you want to get in touch, send en email to board@thepinehurst.org. Or just say hi in the elevator. —10:34 p.m., June 14

Annual meeting The 447 Fort Washington Owners’ Corporation holds its shareholders’ meeting tonight. We’ll gather at 7 on Zoom. The link is  in the invitation Argo emailed to you .If you can’t make it, there’s still time to sign your proxy and give it to a neighbor or a board member so we can make quorum and you can cast a vote. —7:58 a.m., June 14

 

Safer streets A group of high school students is helping the Department of Transportation add safety features to Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues between 188th Street and Fort George Avenue. Seven schools are on those few blocks, and new speed bumps, bikes lanes, pedestrian islands and curb extensions will slow down traffic.  —7:54 a.m., June 13

Meeting proxy Our annual shareholders’ meeting comes up Tuesday at 7 p.m. We hope you can join us for important updates, but if you’re already scheduled that night, or if you think you may have a conflict, sign your proxy form and give it to a neighbor or board member. That way, you still count for reaching a quorum. —8:09 a.m., June 12

Weekend picks Art demonstrates solidarity in an exhibition through the weekend at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park. The Jazz Power Initiative hosts an outdoor concert, right, on Audubon Terrace on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday afternoon, the Scandia Symphony returns to Fort Tryon Park for the seventeenth season of Scandinavian music concerts. —8:10 a.m., June 10

Street cleaning  Alternate Side Parking regulations for street cleaning will be restored to pre-pandemic frequency on July 5. It may be a chore for car owners, but the result will be the return of street cleaning machines. For more information, visit the Sanitation site. —7:48 a.m., June 9

 

Maintenance rates Ever wonder how the number of shares in your apartment was figured out? It’s neither entirely random nor a precise science. You can read more in our Manhattan Maintenance Fee report on the About the Pinehurst page, but basically the shares increase based on factors such as how high up the apartment is, how many bedrooms and bathrooms, and whether the windows have a view of the street or an alley. And the share allotment aren’t just a co-op decision: the New York attorney general had to approve them before granting our charter. —9:21 a.m., June 7

 

Greenway reconstruction The retaining wall and pavement on the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway from 180th to Dyckman Streets will be undergoing reconstruction in various sections, starting today. The project will last about four months.  The 181st Street pedestrian bridge will remain open. For travel north of that point, find alternative routes. —8:76 a.m., June 6

 

Meeting proxy Our annual shareholders’ meeting comes up next Tuesday, the 14th, at 7 p.m. We hope you can join us for important updates, but if you’re already scheduled that night, or if you think you may have a conflict, sign your proxy form and give it to a neighbor or board member. That way, you still count for attendance. —8:06 a.m., June 5

Weekend picks The Uptown Arts Stroll is underway, with all sorts of performances, installations, and exhibitions for the rest of the month. Tonight you can enjoy the Inwood Film Festival, which runs through Sunday. Tomorrow is the Giraffe Walk of Uptown sites, and outdoor performances of Renaissance music in Fort Tryon Park. Drums Along the Hudson, above right, welcomes you Sunday in Inwood Hill Park. —8:33 a.m., June 3

Interim super When you have a need for the super, please call Hendricks Hoepelman at  (347) 421-1063 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bud is still checking his email account for us, but a phone call to Hendricks will yield faster results. —7:31 a.m., June 2

 

Alert test The city’s Emergency Management will conduct a test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System around 2 this afternoon. The system sends a message to your cell phone to warn you about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations. Only cell phones with the test setting enabled and are on will receive the test. Those phones should receive the message only once. Want to download the app? Click here for Apple, here for Android. —8:24 a.m., June 1

 

Farewell, Bud! Please sign Bud’s goodbye card downstairs. His last day is today! If you can’t get to it in time, just let Jennifer know what you’d like to say and she’ll add it for you. —8:24 a.m., May 31

 

Memorial Day To mark the occasion, watch the parade in Inwood. It starts this morning at 11 on Broadway and Dyckman Street. —9:06 a.m., May 30

 

Storage space Even though there’s a gas meter, we can still use the room for storage. The sign came from a misunderstanding. Sorry for the confusion! —3:22 p.m., May 29

 

Grilling sites Looking for a place to grill some burgers? 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. —8:18 a.m., May 29

Weekend picks Music lovers will feast this weekend. The first of three concerts today starts this afternoon as rap mixes with chamber music in Lower WaHi, then classical pieces celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted’s park designs in Fort Tryon Park, right, and an orchestral performance in Hudson Heights this evening. Tomorrow afternoon is another orchestral performance in Hudson Heights, then Japanese music in Isham Park. On Sunday, music from Central America comes to Hudson Heights.

     In other activities, you can help repair and improve Inwood Hill Park this morning. A guided tour of the medieval gardens of the Cloisters takes place tomorrow afternoon, and on Sunday morning is the first weekend of free kayaking at the Inwood Canoe Club. Whew! —8:51 a.m., May 27

Package room You’ve been shopping! We know because the package bin is full again. Please remove your goodies so there’s room for your neighbor’s order. You’ll also reduce the chance your next delivery is snagged by a lobby looter. —1:14 p.m., May 26

 

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

 

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

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