Finally! The sidewalk shed comes down and the façade repairs are complete.

Residents’ Information

Rental housing The shuttered gas station at 207th Street and Ninth Avenue in Inwood will be torn down and replaced by a 16-story building with 270 apartments and retail, adding to the Uptown housing stock. No word on a timeline. —7:07 a.m., October 2


Parkway closure With the NYC Triathlon tomorrow, all northbound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway and the Henry Hudson Bridge will be closed from 4:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —8:02 a.m., September 30


Flood reports What a mess! If you have damage from the rainfall, make a report at the 311 Severe Weather page, located here: Severe Weather · NYC311. The city’s Emergency Management office encourages you to report it when safe to do so by filling out the damage information form or by calling 3-1-1. That’s after getting in touch with Fehim or Argo, of course. —3:41 p.m., September 29

Weekend picks Kids can join a group to explore nature this afternoon, starting in Hudson Heights and heading to the forest. A drawing session for teens at the Cloisters, right, invites artists to sketch amid medieval masterpieces tomorrow. For the older set, a bourbon and beer tasting on Sunday evening benefits Inwood Art Works. —9:19 a.m., September 29

Buzzing in With the construction and the painting, we’ve gotten used to lots of strangers in the building. Now that those projects largely behind us, let’s get back to our standard level of security. When you enter the building, be aware of anyone behind you and if you don’t recognize them, ask them to buzz the person they’re visiting. And when you buzz in your own visitors, be sure to establish their identity first. —7:13 a.m., September 27


Gym care There’s now an air purifier in the gym to cut down allergens and odors. Please leave it on continuously. Also, here’s a reminder to be considerate of each other: Wipe down the equipment after you use it. No one wants to use a sweaty machine! —7:34 a.m., September 26

Interior Painting

Out with the old …

We’re pleased to let you know that the interior painting of the building is underway.

     The work began on the bulkhead roof level above the 6th floor on July 17, and continued on the 6th floor on July 24. From there, the crew is working down a floor at a time. We expect the work to continue until the middle of September.

     The contractor is V&N Interiors, whose workers in the building will wear clothing that identifies them.

     Throughout the project, our goal is to keep the work progressing smoothly with as little disruption as possible. However, there will be some odors and the presence of workers and their equipment as they move through each floor. The ceilings, staircases, walls, trim, and doors have been checked for lead and all areas tested negative.

     Here’s the anticipated schedule for the rest of the building:

     5th Floor July 31–August 11
     4th Floor August 7–18
     3rd Floor August 14–25
     2nd Floor August 21–September 1
     1st Floor August 28–September 15

     We appreciate your understanding throughout the project. As always, please feel free to contact John at Argo or the board with any questions.

… and in with the Metropolitan palette.

Façade Repairs

On August 16 we received the Letter of Completion from the Department of Buildings approving the façade restoration. The contractor, Castcapa, has coordinated with the shed company and scheduled the shed’s removal on the week of August 28. If all goes to plan, it will be completely gone before Labor Day.

     Thank you for your patience during the process. It’s been challenging and inconvenient at times, but the improvements make the building safer and more sound.



Covid-19 Information

We put an end to our mask policy last autumn. You are no longer required to wear one in the building’s common areas, nor are your guests or tradesmen. Remain vigilant, however, and if you are more comfortable wearing one please do.

     Once the federal public health emergency for Covid-19 ended in the spring, labs were no longer required to report negative SARS-CoV-2 test results. Many labs stopped reporting their them, so the city can no longer accurately calculate positivity and testing rates, and that means we can’t make our monthly reports here either.

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

     Let’s all keep the building safe. Here’s one way: It’s not too late to get an updated Covid-19 booster:



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
Adobe Acrobat document [223.3 KB]
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
Adobe Acrobat document [19.6 KB]
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[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [687.9 KB]
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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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:


     Ask John or a board member for the permission form.



      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

    Jessica Benoit, secretary

    Nilou Safinya, treasurer
    Allison Hiroto, vice president
    Jennifer Peng, vice president

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

     Fehim Redzpagic is our superintendent. You can reach him by calling (646) 372-0092 (that’s Pedro’s old line) or sending an email to

     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 or one of these addresses: For general questions To reach the super To update your contact details 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, follow suggestions from the Wirecutter, or try some of the tips we’ve collected to protect your goods. 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. The closest is at the Rite Aid in Lower WaHi, at 4046 Broadway at 171st Street.


• 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.



 To help you keep crawly interlopers out of your apartment and the building, we hope you’ll schedule an appointment with our exterminator. Please let Fehim know you’d like to take advantage of the service.



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

     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. For $19, you can schedule a visit at, or you can just follow the instructions and record the meter reading yourself.

     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 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, and the Controller’s Representative is the property manager, John Duff, 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

     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 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 resource shows the safe spots in Fort Washington 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 also include the Smoking Policy. Until the house rules 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 the evacuation map found on this page.

     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
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]

     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, 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
    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 John and he’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
Manh Maint Hudson Heigts 2017.pdf
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Manhattan Maintenance Fees, 2012
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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.

     If you’re tired of the drivers racing up and down Fort Washington at all hours of the night and day? Sign a petition seeking speed bumps to slow down the traffic.
     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

New York 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:

     The city is expanding the types of notifications you can receive from its email and message service. If you’d like to add updates from the 34th Precinct, or about weather that’s dangerous to residents of basement apartments, go to, log in to your account, and update your preferences under the “My Account” tab. From here, the instructions get specific: 

     • On the right-hand side menu, select “Notification Addresses” to see your enrolled addresses.

     • Select the pencil icon next to the address you would like to add notification to.

     • At the bottom of the page, select the notifications you would like to receive for that address.

     • Select Submit

These groups are also available on the mobile app.


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

     Can’t find what you have to get rid of? Look here.

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.

     There’s a drop-off point in each borough. For Manhattan, it’s under the Manhattan Bridge at 74 Pike Slip, between Cherry and South Streets. If you have a car, the closer site is in Hunt’s Point, next to the Fulton Fish Market. The sites are open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the same time on the last Friday of the month (but check before you haul your stuff). 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. And for nearly anything else, look 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, Fehim 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, Fehim habrá dedicado más tiempo a tu reciclaje. Si no lo hace, pagamos multas.

Recycle: Reusable Items

When you clean some clutter you may find yourself with perfectly good things that you don’t have any use for anymore. If you’d like to donate old clothes, electronic, or housewares to a place where they can do some good, take a look at Donate NYC, a site run by the city. It will help you find a place to drop off reusable items for upcycling.


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 adopted a policy in August 2018 and revised it in June 2023 to prohibit smoking within apartments.

Smoking Policy
447 Smoking.Rules.6.23.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.
     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:
     LOT 87  
     BLOCK 2177

     BOROUGH 1


Subways and Transportation

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
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]

      A previous review from Department of Transportation’s of 181st Street is here.

Announcement Archive

Smoke detectors When’s the last time you changed the battery in yours? And your carbon monoxide detector? Let the start of autumn—it began Saturday morning, later than usual—serve as your mnemonic. If you need help reaching your detectors, ask Fehim. —7:32 a.m., September 25


Yom Kippur We hope you have an easy fast. —8:36 a.m., September 24

Weekend picks This month’s Latin Night Market opens in Inwood tonight, with music, food, and goods for sale. College football returns tomorrow afternoon when Columbia hosts Georgetown in Inwood, playing for the Lou Little Cup. In the evening, Columbia’s women’s soccer team hosts Penn. Sunday is the final day to tour the United Palace and see props and settings from Only Murders in the Building, right, which has used the theater for scenes every season—and this season, the theater is the scene of the crime. —7:59 a.m., September 22

Touch-up painting Since some areas have not received a second coat of paint and others need to be redone, the contractor will return to the 6th floor today. The crew will work its way down again–priming and painting doors, door frames, and touching up walls and windows. The painting of the elevator doors will be postponed until all the other work is complete. —11:14 a.m., September 21


Pedestrian tunnel The tunnel entrance to the A Train’s 191 Street Station closes to pedestrians today for painting. After the neighborhood got upset when the colorful passage was painted over, new murals will feature scenes of WaHi. You can see the results when the tunnel reopens Saturday night at 7. —8:09 a.m., September 21


Missing packages It’s terribly frustrating to have a delivery go astray. 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, follow suggestions from the Wirecutter, or try some of the tips we’ve collected to protect your goods. You can find them [above], under Delivery Security and Package Pirates. —7:01 a.m., September 20


Elevator off So that V&N can paint the elevator doors, elevator service will be interrupted on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. —7:16 a.m., September 19

Elevator on The doors’ painting has been rescheduled, so the elevator will be running today. Watch for a notice of the new painting date. —12:44 p.m., September 19

Weekend picks A new exhibition from the Hispanic Society’s permanent collection, right, opens today on Audubon Terrace. A two-day workshop on race and race relations starts tomorrow in Inwood. Opening the season of the Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement is a Sunday afternoon concert celebrating the music and culture of Cuba. —5:17 a.m., September 15

Mosquito spraying Weather permitting, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will conduct ground-based spraying of mosquito adulticide throughout Uptown to help prevent West Nile Virus. The spraying is scheduled to between tonight at 8:30 and may continue until Friday morning at 6. —5:04 a.m., September 14


Shed no tears The building looks like its old self again without the sidewalk shed blocking the view. It shed may have felt nearly permanent after being in place for more than a year, but the average time one is up in town is 16 months. And a shed on Edgecomb Avenue in Harlem sets the record: it went up in 2006 and celebrated its 17th birthday in April. —6:28 a.m., September 12


1st floor doors If your door is on the lobby, it gets its coat of paint on Tuesday. The door will need to be left ajar in the two to three hours it takes to dry (which depends on humidity). If you have pets or kids, use a gate (Jennifer has one she’ll loan you) or another method to keep them in. If you can’t be home, get in touch with Fehim to confirm he has a key to your door. —8:34 a.m., September 10

Weekend picks Today’s going to be warm, so get out this morning to see the deconstructed cubes on the plaza of Audubon Terrace. Spend tomorrow night indoors searching for evidence of ghosts at Manhattan’s oldest surviving house, right, in Roger Morris Park. A woodwind quintet performs classical pieces on Sunday evening (indoors!) in Inwood. —7:36 a.m., September 8

Paint touch-ups V&N is working on the lobby and once it’s completed, floors 2 through 6 will be revisited to finish any missed areas. Then the crew will do final-touch ups and paint the inside of the elevator doors. When the full painting project is completed, Fehim will get back to his regular cleaning schedule. We are all excited that this painting job is almost done. Please be considerate of all newly painted surfaces. Let’s keep it pristine! —4:34 p.m., September 7


Shed removal The shed finally starts coming down tomorrow! If you live on the first or second floor, consider closing your blinds while the work is going on. —7:41 a.m., September 5


Heat alert High heat and humidity with heat indices of 95 to 99 degrees are expected after 11 tomorrow morning and until 8 on Wednesday night, conditions which are dangerous to health. Older adults and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. Avoid strenuous activity and if you have a lung disease such as asthma, reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. No word yet on whether cooling centers will be open. —4:34 p.m., September 4

Cooling centers The city announced this morning that it will be open today and tomorrow. You can find a list of Uptown centers on the Events page. —7:13 a.m., September 5


Touch-up paint To finish up the job, V&N will be back tomorrow to neaten up the walls, jambs, and doors they didn’t get to already. We’re almost done! —7:06 a.m., September 4


Grilling spots Happy Labor Day weekend! Looking for a place to cook burgers over fire? This resource shows the safe spots in Fort Washington Park  and Inwood Hill Park. Grilling on our fire escapes and balconies is prohibited by law—not to mention common sense. —7:06 a.m., September 3

Weekend picks Enjoy an outdoor screening of Instructions Not Included tonight in Roger Morris Park. Discover life in a medieval town tomorrow afternoon at the Cloisters. Your last chance to try your hand paddling a kayak on the Hudson, right, comes Sunday morning at the Dyckman Marina. —7:06 a.m., September 1

Intercom roster We’re still waiting to hear from a few of you about how you would like your name displayed on the list in the foyer. Even if you don’t need a change, please let John know by the end of the day. And if a change is in order, make it a priority to email him! —8:02 a.m., August 30


Shed removal Thursday is the day the shed finally starts coming down! If you live on the first or second floor, consider closing your blinds while the work is going on. —7:41 a.m., August 29

Removal postponed We just heard this afternoon that the deconstruction will be postponed until next Wednesday, September 6. —5:17 p.m., August 29


Intercom roster Check your email for one from John so you can update your apartment listing on the register in the foyer. Please respond by Wednesday. —7:23 a.m., August 28


First-floor painting Live on the lobby level? V&N is coming for your door this week.  If you have a pet that would like to escape or a child who’s curious, Jennifer has a door gate she’ll loan you to keep your small ones inside. —5:17 p.m., August 27

Weekend picks Spend a summer evening outdoors enjoying life In the Heights at a screening under the stars tonight in J. Hood Wright Park. Then do some dancing of your own in a Zumba workout, right, Saturday morning in Inwood Hill Park. The Isadora Duncan Dance Company puts on its annual Uptown performance on Sunday afternoon in Fort Tryon Park. —8:41 a.m., August 25

Intercom roster How would you like your name listed on the intercom directory? Look for an email from Argo in the morning asking for your response. We’ll use your input to adjust the roster of names that visitors scroll through. —8:22 p.m., August 24


Package pick-ups Before the cage gets full again, please retrieve your delivery to make room for the next box or carton. It’s a practical way to keep them from going missing. A few other tips:

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 the super of your missing package.

We’ve assembled more suggestion under “Delivery Security,” below. —7:56 a.m., August 23


Drag racing Tired of the drivers racing up and down Fort Washington at all hours of the night and day? Sign a petition seeking speed bumps to slow down the traffic. —6:13 a.m., August 21


Painting: second floor It’s your turn to go Metropolitan. If you’ll be away, please let Fehim have permission to open your door so yours will match the color on your neighbors’. —9:23 a.m., August 20

Weekend picks Spanish jewelry is on display at the Hispanic Society on Audubon Terrace this weekend. Jazz Fest celebrates its third decade of live performances at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, right, on Saturday and Sunday, in Roger Morris Park. A competing concert series, the Inwood Jazz Fest, takes place in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday. Then on Sunday afternoon you and your kids can join a walk through Fort Tryon Park to meet the Heather Garden’s smallest inhabitants: bugs. —10:08 a.m., August 16

Shed removal We just received the Letter of Completion from the Department of Buildings regarding our Local Law 11 façade restoration. The contractor, Castcapa, has coordinated with the shed company and scheduled the shed’s removal on the week of August 28. If all goes to plan, it will be completely gone before Labor Day. —10:08 a.m., August 16


Door painting gate If your door is soon to be painted and you have a child or pet who may attempt to escape while the door remains ajar to dry, Jennifer will lend you a hallway gate that locks in place. She will need it Friday, but will loan it any other day. —7:55 a.m., August 16


A Train elevators As the rehabs continue at 181st/184th and 190th Street stations, the MTA is looking for artists with the inspiration to paint the elevators. Curious? You have until September 4 to submit your proposal. —9:41 a.m., August 14


3rd-floor painting V&N is moving on down. The crew will start on the third floor tomorrow. If you’ll be out of town this week, please consider giving Fehim permission to open your door so the painters can paint it. —8:48 a.m., August 13

Weekend picks Kids will enjoy seeing their neighborhood reimagined as a location of fairy tales and heroes in Uptown Magic, right, on display at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. Try your hand at Uptown archaeology when you visit the ancient sites of human habitation in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday afternoon you can watch a thousand pounds of dirt as it is transformed into an altar to healing on the stage of the United Palace. —8:44 a.m., August 11

Spare storage Do you have a storge cage with some space in it? Sara is interested in in sub-letting the cage or a protion of it, so if you have space to spare, let her know! —10:15 a.m., August 10


Covid surge Daily cases ticked up nearly 125 percent citywide in July, according to health data.

Cases of Covid-19 as of Thursday averaged 566 a day, up from roughly 250 as July began. Be careful out there! —8:27 a.m., August 7


4th-floor painting Get ready, Four: The crew will move to your floor tomorrow. Watch your step, and do what you can to help them work efficiently. —8:19 a.m., August 6

Weekend picks Explore a new outdoor installation today at the Hispanic Society: It’s a deconstructed orange cube on the terrace, right. Tomorrow is the actual date of the Stan Michels Memorial Jazz Concert, in the afternoon in Fort Tryon Park. On Sunday afternoon take a vertical hike to the top of the 200-foot Highbridge Water Tower. —7:50 a.m., August 4

Hydrant sprays Would you like to cool of in the spray of a fire hydrant? Let the FDNY do it for you. Hydrants can blast 1,000 gallons a minute, a dangerous amount of pressure. The Fire Department will use a spray cap to control the flow—which also keeps you from pulling water away from other hydrants in case of a fire. —7:38 a.m., August 3


Missing package Rogier is looking for a packing delivered by Lasership on Saturday afternoon. If you know its whereabouts, please let me know. —8:03 a.m., August 1

Bye-bye, bugs Warm weather helps tiny creatures thrive. Keep interlopers out of your apartment and the building by scheduling an appointment with our exterminator. Please let us know if you’d like to take advantage of the service. —7:19 a.m., July 31


5th-floor painting The crew will move to the fifth floor tomorrow. Watch your step, and do what you can to help them work efficiently. —7:26 a.m., July 30

Weekend picks It’s going to be a hot one. Here are some tips to stay cool and safe. One way is to keep indoors, such as at the Hispanic Society’s exhihibtion of Spanish jewelry, open through the weekend. Tomorrow Rescheduled to next Saturday! the Stan Michels Memorial Jazz Concert, right, in the early afternoon, beating the hottest part of the day, in Fort Tryon Park. On Sunday afternoon a group of performers will teach you juggling, hula hooping, poi and more in J. Hood Wright Park. —8:36 a.m., July 28

Heat wave The steaming summer is here. Today we have an air quality alert and a heat warning, so the city is opening its cooling centers (here’s a list of them in Hudson Heights and Fort George). Consider checking in on neighbors with health issues; running an errand for them could make a big difference in their health and happiness. And get you some positive karma. —7:34 a.m., July 27


Heat index The temperature plus the humidity are going to make it feel as hot as 104 degrees for the rest of the week. (Add 10 degrees on subway platforms!) On top of that, there’s an air quality health advisory today. Advice from the city: Active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. —7:48 a.m., July 26

Restaurant Week Four Uptown eateries joined the crowd and chose to take part in the summer’s prix-fixe lunches and dinners. One is in Lower WaHi, another is in Fort George, and two are in Inwood. You can try their specials over the next month — seems a New York week is as long as a New York minute is brief. —8:54 a.m., July 25


Ceiling lamp Rogier is giving away this 12" light fixture. It’s hard-wired (so it will work with your wall switch) and ready for the first taker. If you’re interested, let him know. —7:24 a.m., July 24

6th floor painting Get ready to start seeing the difference as V&N begins painting the sixth floor tomorrow. If you haven’t already smelled the paint, you will in the morning. —1:13 p.m., July 23

Weekend picks An installation of erasers as art—yes, really—continues its display at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park. Kids can explore crafts on Saturday at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and adults can take a class in painting en plein air, right, in the Alpine Garden on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday afternoon, enjoy a guided hike through Inwood Hill Park with the Urban Park Rangers. —7:56 a.m., July 21

Composting success Of all the recycling bins of all the boroughs in the city, two of the most-used are in Hudson Heights. You can find them on Cabrini Boulevard at 187th. —7:41 a.m., July 19


Painting begins Get ready for Metropolitan! The big day is tomorrow. V&N Interiors will start painting the bulkhead (above the sixth floor), so we’ll have work crews and material in the building for the next several weeks. The plan is to start on the sixth floor hallway next Monday, July 24, then work down one floor each week. Updates will be posted in the lobby, and you can ask Fehim, John, or a board member any questions you may have. —9:46 a.m., July 16


Package bin We’ve had more deliveries lately than pick-ups, leaving the package bin full to nearly bursting. Some of us have five parcels waiting to be collected! Remember to check under the stairs to see if one (or two, or three …) is waiting for you. Picking yours up makes space for more and reduces the chance it will go missing. —7:06 a.m., July 15

Weekend picks Chase lightning bugs with your kids at dusk this evening, right, in Fort Tryon Park. You can even have them dressed in their pajamas so they’re ready for bed when you get home. Tomorrow is City of Water Day, when you can take advantage of living on an island by sailing on the Hudson or learning about the riparian ecosystem in Sherman Creek. Take in the annual poetry and jazz performance on Sunday evening in Fort Tryon Park. —8:25 a.m., July 14

Bursting in air Fireworks noise still getting to you? They’re illegal in town, so call 311 when you hear them and join the crowd who makes their complaints heard. You can also join the WaHi-Inwood Taskforce on Noise or Respectful Decibels — both of which have their own plans on tackling excessive noise in Upper Manhattan. —8:09 a.m., July 12


Covid numbers Now that the federal public health emergency for Covid-19 has ended, labs are no longer required to report negative SARS-CoV-2 test results. Many labs have stopped reporting their them, so the city can no longer accurately calculate positivity and testing rates, and that means we can’t make our monthly reports here anymore. —7:40 a.m., July 10

Tick season Watch out for this guy: The Asian long-horned tick wants to say hello to you during your walk in the park. Unlike other ticks, this one isn’t deterred by mowed grass or direct sunlight. Plenty of other species of the eight-legged blood-sucker are waiting for you, thanks to the bumper crop of acorns in 2021. Remember that? All those oak seeds gave white-footed mice and chipmunks a feast, boosting their numbers — and in turn increasing the number of hosts for Gulf Coast ticks, lone star ticks, and blacklegged ticks. Few cause signifcant illness, but it’s still important to check your skin after a walk in the park. —8:23 a.m., July 9

Laundry room books Molly’s going to reorganize the shelves in the laundry room, clearing them of old books and cleaning them up. Care to pitch in by sorting books and boxing them? Or contribute spare boxes? And if you’ve got a car and are willing to go on an errand, you could drop off where they can do more good. Or just take them to the free books at Starbucks. —8:28 a.m., July 8

Weekend picks View the jewels and gems of Spain this afternoon at a special exhibit at the Hispanic Society. Kids can do some epic mountain biking, right, on Saturday morning in Fort George after helping maintain the trails in Highbridge Park. On Sunday evening, you can mark George Washington’s 1790 Cabinet Dinner in the room where it happened in the Morris-Jumel Mansion. —7:48 a.m., July 7

Duke’s place The building where Duke Ellington lived for 22 years in Lower WaHi earned landmark status. At 935 St. Nicholas Avenue, on the corner of 157th Street, it was designed in the gothic revival style in 1915. Ellington and his family lived there from 1939 to 1961. —8:22 a.m., July 5


Independence Day Happy Fourth of July! We hope you enjoy a safe holiday filled with ooh’s and aah’s. Looking for a place to light up a grill? This resource shows the safe spots in Fort Washington Park and Inwood Hill Park. No grilling here at the Pinehurst! —9:51 a.m., July 4


Spare boxes Anyone need some cardboard boxes for shipping or storing? Our new neighbor, Sarah, says she has a forest’s worth and they’re yours for the asking. —7:55 a.m., July 3

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