Residents’ Information

Condo oversupply Want to feel good about buying into a co-op? About a quarter of condo apartments built since 2013 remain on the market, and the number of condos being offered for rent, once unheard-of, is more than 4,600. Condos in WaHi have about 37 percent vacancy, which is tiny compared to the Lower East Side: 68 percent vacant. Apartments in the Pinehurst, by contrast, rarely stay on the market for longer than several weeks.  —10:26 a.m., September 15

 

Weekend picks Columbia’s men’s soccer team hosts Army at its home opener tonight in Inwood. A kids’ pop-up play park, right, begins its temporary fun in Hudson Heights tomorrow. Get an indsider’s glimpse of the history of the Highlanders—the Yankees’ predecessors—on Sunday in Lower WaHi. —7:23 a.m., September 13

 

Marina restaurant The new outdoor eatery at the Dyckman Marina opened a couple of weeks ago. The Hudson replaces the restaurant that was closed after numerous complaints from neighbors. To keep the same problems from returning, Community Board 12 will hold a public meeting with the restaurant’s owners tonight at 7 in the I.S. 7 cafeteria in Inwood, on Academy Street near Broadway. —7:42 a.m., September 12

 

 

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
PDF File [132.6 KB]
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
Adobe Acrobat document [58.4 KB]
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.
Pinehurst 10034_447_fwa purchase_applica[...]
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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.
Pinehurst 10034_447 fwa sublease_applica[...]
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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 under renovation. We hope to have it ready for use in the spring.

 

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.


 

Getting in Touch

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

     Ted Kirschner—president

     Carlos Pareja—vice president

     Riva Hocherman—vice president

     Jessica Bendiner—secretary

     Hannes Bülow—treasurer

They will be happy to help you.

     While you’re thinking of the building, help us keep your contact information current so you will receive official mail from the corporation and Argo without delay. If you have children moving out or roommates moving in, please tell us. Your information will not appear on this web site. If you do not want it to appear on our internal contact sheet, simply say so.

    The secretary is responsible for keeping our records current, so when you have updates please keep us in the loop. Email using board@thepinehurst.org or one of these addresses:
    
447fwa@thepinehurst.org For general questions
    
bud@thepinehurst.org To reach Bud
    
secretary@thepinehurst.org Is where to send your updated contact details
    
web@thepinehurst.org Reaches the webmaster
     You can also call John at
Argo at (212) 896-8600 or, if you prefer paper, mail us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 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.

   

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.”
Pinehurst 447 House Rules with Acknowled[...]
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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.
     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

Our laundry facilities are open to residents between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. You can refill your card in the laundry room.
     Hercules maintains the laundry machines, both the washers and dryers. With our dryers, to add five minutes you must do so when at least five minutes remain in the cycle. If there is less time, you will be given 30 minutes and charged for a full cycle.
     If a machine is malfunctioning, please call Hercules at (800) 526-5760 to inform them so they may repair it. Alternatively, you may send an
e-mail to 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

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
Manh Maint Hudson Heigts 2017.pdf
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Manhattan Maintenance Fees, 2012
manh.maint.2012.pdf
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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.

 

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

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. In our neighborhood the designated recycling spot is at the
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation offices at 76 Wadsworth Avenue (between 176th and 177th Streets). Open business hours.
     For more information on CFL recycling,
click here.
 

Smoke Detectors

As of April 1, 2019, when you replace your smoke detectors, you need to upgrade to a 10-year sealed model. A new 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
447 smoking Policy_August2018.pdf
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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. It is not given automatically—you  must apply for it—but if you applied in the past you do not need to do so again.
     The annual deadline is February 15, both for your first application and for renewals.
     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

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.


181 Street: Congested Corridors Project
     The city’s Department of Transportation has studied 181st Street to determine how to improve traffic flow of pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles.
Download the study here, and decide for yourself if the improvements work.

 

Announcement Archive

Uptown value Think apartment prices are high? A lot in Inwood at 400 West 219th Street is on the market for $22.5 million. If you’re interested you ought to be handy: it’s a fixer-upper. —10:47 a.m., September 8

 

Weekend picks Have fun storming the castle with an outdoor screening of The Princess Bride tonight in Fort Tryon Park. Learn to sail on Saturday at the Dyckman Marina. Kids can start a weekly course in developing their own non-fiction comic book on Sunday in Lower WaHi. —8:16 a.m., September 6

 

Arts grant If you’re a painter, consider this $7,000 opporunity. The Columbia Medical Center Nursery School and NoMAA  invite artists to propose covering 26 bollards (57”L x 30”H x 22”W) and the walkways at two entrances of Haven Plaza. One artist or team will be selected. Artwork must be completed by September 26, and Northern Manhattan artists strongly encouraged apply. —8:13 a.m., September 3

 

Two flyovers Don’t be alarmed by the low-flying jets zooming around this weekend. Starting tomorrow morning at 10 a gray with navy markings L39 Jet and a white with blue stripes Jet Provost will soar over the Hudson for a reconnaissance run in support of a photo mission at approximately 1,500 ft. The flights will end at about 6 on Sunday evening and at 3 on Monday afternoon. —1:44 p.m., August 31

 

Weekend picks Watch the dance moive Honey outdoors tonight in J. Hood Wright Park. Take your child to a parent-and-me yoga class Saturday morning in Fort Tryon Park. Enjoy some traditional Mexican music from the group Banda El Recodo & El Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán on Sunday night in Lower WaHi. —7:47 a.m., August 30

 

Arts grants UMEZ Arts Engagement, in the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, is offering up to $10,000 to support individual artists, artist collectives, and smaller arts organizations present their projects Uptown. As long as your budget is under $750,000, you’re eligible to apply for funding to help a project taking place next year. —8:04 a.m., August 29

 

Happy birthday It’s been another year for Lily, our most senior resident. If you see her today, share your wishes for another happy and healthy year.  —7:16 a.m., August 28

 

Heights henge Your final opportunity of the year to see the sun and shadows aligned with the street grid falls tomorrow in Hudson Heights. For the maximum effect, get out at dawn and dusk. —4:01 p.m., August 25

 

Weekend picks Take a blanket and enjoy The Greatest Showman under the stars tonight in Roger Morris Park. Kids can leaern to identify fish, right, from the Hudson in Fort Washington Park tomorrow. Be dazzled by Taikoza drums on Sunday in Inwood Hill Park. —7:18 a.m., August 23

 

Medieval volunteers Uptown’s biggest party is looking for volunteers to help make the day go right. The Medieval Festival, on Sunday, September 29, in Fort Tryon Park, seeks people to help set up tents, guide parking, assist with hay drop-off, staff the info booth, and assist in the costume tent. For more info, email mcollinswhidc@aol.com. —8:16 a.m., August 21

 

Inwood rezoning A lawyer for Uptown residents argued in court last week against a city to plan to rezone 59 blocks north of Dyckman Street, which would increase density and allow for greater residential and commercial development along 10th Avenue. The blocks west of 10th Avenue are being rezoned in an effort to preserve the neighborhood's current residential character by implementing R7A zoning—a mid-density rezoning that caps building heights. —4:31 p.m., August 18

 

Weekend picks Head to Muscota Marsh in the late afternoon to see a harbor seal from Mystic, Connecticut relax on the shore. Celebrate summer with Jazz at the Mansion on Saturday in Roger Morris Park. Tom Cruise stars in Edge of Tomorrow on Sunday in Lower WaHi. —7:27 a.m., August 16

 

Dominican center A new cultural hub is open Uptown. The Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation Community Space opened its doors Sunday in the GWB bus terminal as a space for educational programs and a meetings of local groups focused on the arts, culture and history of the Dominican Republic. —6:22 a.m., August 14

 

Special exhibit The Hispanic Society of American, which is undergoing a years-long renovation, is reopening the Joaquín Sorolla Vision of Spain Gallery for a limited time, offering tours if you book a visit in advance at visitsorolla@hispanicsociety.org. —6:12 a.m., August 12

 

Parkway closure Heading downtown? Skip the Henry Hudson, where a police investigation has closed all southbound lanes at West 96th Street. —6:31 a.m., August 11

 

La Marina When the new owners start their business at the restaurant at the Inwood site La Marina, concerts and loud parties will be a thing of the past. The venue is owned by the city, and operated as a concession. —12:03 p.m., August 8

 

Bike lane The city will install a two-way protected lane on the north side of Dyckman Street between Broadway and Nagle Avenue in Inwood sometime this year in an effort to improve bikers’ safety. It’s part of the mayor’s $58 million Green Wave bicycle safety program. —8:24 a.m., August 5

 

“A” Train shuttles The MTA announced today that it will provide shuttle bus service to riders during the yearlong elevator rehabilitation and closure of at the entrances West 184th Street and Overlook Terrace and Fort Washington Avenue. —8:49 p.m., August 2

 

Weekend picks Enjoy an outdoor screening of Dreamgirls tonight in Roger Morris Park. Kids will be enetertained by a puppet show on Saturday featuring Bessie the cow in her circus act in Lower WaHi. The Sterling Strings play a concert in Hudson Heights on Sunday. —7:47 a.m., August 2

 

Street improvements Inwood is increasing some safety rules for traffic this month. If you’re a driver, keep your eyes open for two streets between Broadway and 9th Avenue that are now one-ways: 219th (westbound) and 220th (eastbound). Also, left turns from 219th will be banned. The changes should improve safety for pedestrians, too. —8:37 a.m., July 28

 

Weekend picks Let your kids explore nature with a guide and an activity this afternoon at the Payson Center in Inwood Hill Park. The annual Stan Michels Jazz Concert, above, is open to all in Fort Tryon Park tomorrow. Take in the performances of the children’s summer theater workshop on Sunday in Fort George. —7:29 a.m., July 26

 

Highbridge upgrade Improvements to Highbridge Park include a new spray shower and new bathrooms at the Adventure Playground near 164th Street, and a refurbishment project for its famed water tower. The upgrades are part of a $30 million project for the city’s “anchor parks.” —7:58 a.m., July 24

 

“A” Train elevators Community Board 12 will hold a public meeting on Thursday night to discuss the tenuous state of elevator availability at the 181st and 190th Street Stations during construction. Shuttles are sure to come up, starting at 6:30 at the Mount Sinai Jewish Center in Hudson Heights. —12:31 p.m., July 22

 

New building A rental building will be going up in Fort George. The city approved plans for a six-story structre with a dozen apartments on 187th between Broadway and Wadsworth Avenue. —9:27 a.m., July 21

 

Hydrant sprayers Opening fire hydrants without spray caps is wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened hydrants can lower water pressure and put lives at risk if there’s a fire. Hydrants can be opened legally with an approved spray cap, which can be obtained by an adult, free of charge, at local firehouses. If you see a hydrant open without a spray cap, stand up for safety and call 3-1-1. —4:48 p.m., July 20

 

Weekend picks It’s the height of summer, so check on events before you head to anything outdoors. In the meantime, you can cool off tonight as the sun sets at an outdoor screening of Black Panther in Lower WaHi. The cartooning workshop tomorrow with Felipe Galindo Feggo has been moved to Lower WaHi. On Sunday take a refreshing break on — or in — the Hudson in a kayak. —12:56 p.m., July 19

All events in Fort Tryon Park sponsored by NYC Parks are cancelled this weekend. —9:33 p.m., July 19

 

‘Heights’ filming The cast and crew of In the Heights will film a scene in the 191st Street station of the 1 Train overnight tomorrow. Shuttle buses will operate from 7 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday. —12:56 p.m., July 18

 

Heat warning As if the storms weren’t bad enough, get ready for excessive heat. Some events are being moved or postponed, and cooling centers are open for those who need a place to relax with air conditioning. —7:27 a.m., July 18

The Morris Jumel Mansion is closed until Monday. —8:15 p.m., July 18

 

Citi bikes By 2023 you’ll be able to pedal without the hassle of a cycle. The Citi bikes program is expanding in Manhattan from Sugar Hill to Inwood and over the rest of the city too. —3:51 p.m., July 17

 

On the market We’d be sad to see you go, but if you decide it’s time to move away let us help you get a good price for your Pinehurst home. One of the most popular pages on the website shows what’s On the Market. To get a link just fill out the form, which is at the bottom of the On the Market page. —9:04 a.m., July 14

 

Midtown blackout So far, we’re are unaffected by the blackout. The “A” and 1 Trains, however, are not running below 163rd Street. We hope it’s all sorted soon, but it would still be a good time to find your flashlight and spare batteries. —9:33 p.m., July 13

 

Weekend picks Your children can explore the outdoors on a docent-led nature experience this afternoon at the Payson Center. Enjoy poetry at the RING garden on Saturday. Sit down for a recreation of President Washington’s famous cabinet dinner on Jumel Terrace on Sunday evening. —8:06 a.m., July 12

 

Performance space Uptown is home to an all sorts of creative people, and Buunni Coffee shop want to give them a place to share their talents. The shop is asking for help in raising $25,000 to add a performance space in its new location at Isham Street and 207th, in Inwood. So far, nearly $16,000 have been pledged, with a deadline of the 19th to bring it all in. —8:03 a.m., July 10

 

Bursting in air Independence Day is over but fireworks still explode overhead. The problem is that they are all prohibited in the city because they’re dangerous to buildings, pedestrians, and traffic, not to mention noisome. If you hear fireworks being shot, protect your safety and call 311. —10:11 a.m., July 7

 

Holiday weekend Continue your celebration with more time outdoors. Dress your kids in their pj’s for a firefly-catching party tonight on the Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park. Head out to the same spot on Saturday (weather permitting) for the Columbia Summer Winds’ rousing annual performance. Get in the groove with live jazz on Sunday evening in Roger Morris Park. —9:21 p.m., July 5

 

Holiday grilling Happy Independence Day! If you’re looking for a spot to grill some burgers outdoors, here’s a list of approved spots in Fort Washington Park and in Inwood Hill Park. Grilling is prohibited in Fort Tryon Park. —7:36 p.m., July 3

 

GWB delay Due to police activity, expect extensive traffic delays on the New Jersey-bound George Washington Bridge upper level. Consider alternate — wait, you know the drill, so we’ll say it in Italian. Si consiglia di utilizzare altre strade e di prevedere maggiori tempi di viaggio. Doesn’t sound so bad that way, does it? —8:43 p.m., July 1

 

New boathouse Sherman Creek is getting a new home for rowers. The Peter J. Sharp Boathouse is a wonderful facility for the public, but the Row New York boathouse, above, will feature excellent accesibility options and combine the organization’s teaching and athletic facilities in the park between Fort George and Inwood. Interested in rowing lessons? They’re running kids’ classes all summer. —10:04 a.m., June 30

 

Weekend picks Beowolf is performed live tonight in in Fort Tryon Park’s medieval setting. The Higher Ground arts celebration takes place Saturday at the Anne Loftus Playground. The summer’s final Native American drum circle happens in Inwood on Sunday. —8:41 a.m., June 28

 

Rockets’ red glare Independence Day doesn’t fall for another week, but the noise of fireworks is already here. The problem is that roman candles, bottle rockets, fountains and firecrackers are all prohibited in the city. They’re dangerous amid all the buildings, pedestrians, and traffic, not to mention noisome. If you hear fireworks being shot, protect your safety and call 311. —7:25 a.m., June 26

 

Election day It’s primary election day in New York, time for you to select candidates for the general election. Polls are open until 9 tonight. Pinehurst residents vote at Holyrood Church, out the front door to the right, through the entrance on 179th Street. —7:44 a.m., June 25

 

Smoke detectors When’s the last time you changed the battery in your smoke detector? Carbon monoxide detector? If you can’t remember, use the first day of summer — Friday — as your mnemonic. And as you check your safety devices, keep in mind that if you replace your smoke detector, you will need to upgrade to a 10-year sealed model. A new state law says that all new or replacement smoke detectors must be powered by the new battery or hardwired to the home. If you sell your apartment, you will need to upgrade your smoke detectors before the sale goes through. —3:52 p.m., June 23

 

Weekend picks Outdoor concerts this evening mark the summer solstice in Fort Tryon Park and J. Hood Wright Park. A staged reading of the Mueller Report begins its two-day cycle on Saturday in Lower WaHi. Drums Across the Hudson brings Native culture to Inwood on Sunday. —7:56 a.m., June 21

 

Parkway delay Due to police activity, you can expect extensive northbound traffic delays on the Henry Hudson Parkway at West 96th Street. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. Or, as Ella would put it, you can take tha “A” Train. —4:12 p.m., June 19

 

Garden help Feel like getting your hands dirty? Head to the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden, where a load of plants is arriving from Long Island today. The gardeners want to get them in the ground today to give them the best chance to thrive. No experience necessary.—8:31 a.m., June 16

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