Weekend picks Take your kids to a twist on Tot Shabbat, right, for music and challah this morning in Fort Tryon Park. Run the Red Hook race/walk tomorrow morning, which, despite the name, is in Manhattan: it starts at the Dyckman Marina and treads near Jeffrey’s Hook. End the weekend with a concert by the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, streamed from the city’s only studio built for classical music. —7:51 a.m., July 23
Dangrous street crossings An academic study confirms what you probably already suspected: crossing Broadway in Uptown can be risky. Between 2001 and 2016, seven pedestrians died while attempting to cross Broadway between 173rd and 185th Streets, according to the study. There are other streets in town dangerous to pedestrians, such as Canal between West Broadway and Bowery, where 15 people on foot died in the same period. You can monitor auto accidents on city streets at crashmapper.org. —8:05 a.m., July 20
Expecting a packge? It may be here! The package cage is nearly stuffed. If one (or more) of the boxes is yours, please claim it. There are two big packages in there that make it hard to retrieve the others. The sooner you pick it up, the smaller the chance it will go missing. Though we can share your post about that, too. —3:19 p.m., July 18
Ticketing on 181st Now that 181st is an established busway, starting today you can be ticketed $50 for driving on certain portions of it. Private cars are prohibited on 181st from Broadway to Amsterdam for eastbound drivers, and between Amsterdam and Wadsworth going west. The rule applies between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. —7:41 a.m., July 17
Vaccinated? Sign up for Excelsior Pass so you can show proof whenever you need it.
Everyone aged 12 and older is eligible. Those who are 17 years old or younger must take the Pfizer vaccine.
Follow updates on the vaccine’s availability on the Twitter feed of TurboxVax. In-home vaccinations for those ages 75 years and older, and anyone with disabilitiess, are available by registering for a shot at on.nyc.gov/vaccineathome or by calling (877) 829-4692.
The state’s plan to distribute the vaccine is posted here.
In the building:
• Please limit passengers in the elevator to one family at a time and limit laundry room usage to one person at a time (details below, under Laundry Room).
Download the forms you need, posted here as pdf files. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please call our property manager, who can also send you any of these forms through the mail.
The documents you will need for some other puposes are available from different web sites. Here are the most popular:
The gym is closed during the pandemic.
Have a question about the House Rules, or how to get a storage cage? Ask one of your directors. This year they are:
Jennifer Peng, president
Riva Hocherman, vice president
Leslie Thrope, vice president
Jessica Bendiner, secretary
Rogier de Boer-Phelan, treasurer
They will be happy to help you.
While you’re thinking of the building, help us keep your contact information current so you will receive official mail from the corporation and Argo without delay. If you have children moving out or roommates moving in, please tell us. Your information will not appear on this web site. If you do not want it to appear on our internal contact sheet, simply say so.
The secretary is responsible for keeping our records current, so when you have updates please keep us in the loop. Email using email@example.com or one of these addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org For general questions
email@example.com To reach Bud
firstname.lastname@example.org Is where to send your updated contact details
email@example.com Reaches the webmaster
You can also call John at Argo at (212) 896-8600 or, if you prefer paper, send a letter to us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 68, New York NY 10033.
Have you lost a box after it was delivered and before you picked it up? You’re not alone: 90,000 of them go missing in New York every day, and residents in some buildings are protecting themselves.
It’s terribly frustrating to have a delivery go missing despite our best efforts. If it happens to you, please follow these steps:
1. Ensure delivery confirmation with the delivery service (USPS, UPS, Amazon, etc.).
2. File a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311.
3. Notify management of your missing package.
4. The police will contact management to obtain surveillance video. As per the House Rules, security camera footage is not provided to residents.
To keep your delivery from being stolen, here are some tips to protect you. There’s no guarantee they will work, but any of them will help keep your package yours.
• Once your package is delivered, pick it up! The longer you wait, the more likely it is to go missing. And when lots of residents leave their packages uncollected, the space fills up and someone’s package has to be left outside the door, where thieves can prey on it.
• Have your package held at the post office, or sign up for informed delivery from the USPS.
• If you’re going to be out of town for more than a few days, the Post Office will hold your mail if you
sign up for the free service.
• Take advantage of “Ship to Store” option when it’s available. Amazon offers a locker feature that allows you to pick up your package from a secure location, whether near home or work.
• Request signature confirmation for delivery.
• Never buzz in someone whose identity you can’t establish.
• When you see strangers in the building, a friendly “Hello” or “can I help you find someone?” will let them know the residents are paying attention to visitors.
• And if you see a package at a neighbor’s door, you could collect it and let them know you have it.
A magazine for co-op apartments suggests being aware of restaurant delivery personnel. The Denver Police Department says one effective deterrent is simply asking a neighbor to accept a package for you.
If you’re clever, you could try what a NASA engineer has up his sleeve for porch pirates, but it involves a lot of glitter and amassing a certain … scent.
ConEd bills you for the natural gas you use, typically for your range. Your gas meter is probably in your kitchen and looks like the one on the right. ConEd determines your gas bill by looking at those little dials to find out how much gas you used, and for accurate billing prefers to read your meter monthly.
If you’re home when the gas meter reader knocks on your door, just let him in and he’ll be done in less than a minute. If you miss him more than once, you may receive a letter from ConEd asking for access to your apartment to read your meter. To schedule a visit go to ConEd.com/GasInspectionManhattan.
Oh, those meters in the basement across from the elevator? They’re for electricity.
Visitors to this website from the European Union have the protection of GDPR 2016/679 which on May 26, 2016, went into effect.
Data collected from on thepinehurst.org are stored on the servers of Ionos, the web hosting service used by 447 Ft. Washington Owners’ Corporation doing business as The Pinehurst. The Controller is the webmaster, who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Controller’s Representative is the property manager, John Caceci, who may be reached at (212) 896-8600 or at Argo Real Estate, 50 W 17 St, New York NY 10011. The Data Protection Officer is the president of the corporation, Jennifer Peng, who may be reached at email@example.com.
The data we collect are those submitted voluntarily by shareholders to promote notices of sale of their apartments. There is no requirement to submit any information at any time. We store personal data for the duration that an apartment is for sale; once it is sold we delete it within four weeks of being notified of the sale. If a shareholder revokes permission for us to store personal information we shall delete it within two weeks of the shareholder’s notification.
We use Google Analytics to review users’ visits to our site. Information from Google is available to us only in the aggragate; we have no access to any information about any individual visitor.
An individual subject to GDPR 2016/679 has the right to request from the Controller access to and rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing concerning the data subject or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Such an individual also has the right to make a complaint the supervising authority, which is The Board of Directors. It may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 447 Fort Washington Ave, Apt 68, New York NY 10033.
Looking for a place to light up a grill? This map shows the safe spots in Fort Washington Park, Highbridge Park, and Inwood Hill Park.
Grilling on the Pinehurst’s balconies and fire escapes is prohibited by law — not to mention common sense.
Our building is a community, as well as our home. Residents share the responsibility to ensure a safe and pleasant quality of life at reasonable cost. We count on each other to treat all areas of the building as our home, and to protect and respect the rights of all of the Residents to a safe and comfortable home. A set of guidelines helps us achieve these goals.
Severe weather is an uncommon but dangerous phenomenon. In the summer and early fall, hurricanes may threaten the northeast. If a hurricane is threatening the city, keep on top of this evacuation map.
Hurricanes are rare but their effects are not. Have a plan in case the weather turns severe.
The late spring and summer can produce tornadoes. Before you hear of a tornado watch (which means that weather conditions could produce a tornado) or a tornado warning (which means a funnel cloud has been spotted, though it may not have touched the ground yet), please review these safety precautions for you and your family.
In short, go to the lowest level of the building, stay away from windows and remain there until the all-clear sign has been given (by the National Weather Service, typically), and have a first aid kit handy.
Pay for your laundry with your smart phone. Hercules has an app that connects to the washers and dryers so you don’t have to keep track of a card anymore.
Download the Hercules CyclePay App from the Apple Store or Google Play for your IOS or Andriod phone. Full instructions on its use are in the chart on the right, which you can doawnload in the pdf below. It’s also posted in the laundry room.
During the pandemic, the laundry room is open 24 hours a day except for cleaning between 9 and 9:30 a.m. and 3 and 3:30 p.m.
We ask you to limit its use to one person at a time and to take your clean laundry back to your apartment to fold so the next person can get in sooner. While your laundry is washing or drying, leave your number on the white board, below, so if you forget your clothes the next person knows who to remind.
Our laundry facilities are open to residents between
7 a.m. and 11 p.m. You can refill your card in the laundry room.
Hercules maintains the laundry machines, both the washers and dryers. With our dryers, to add five minutes you must do so when at least five minutes remain in the cycle. If there is less time, you will be given 30 minutes and charged for a full cycle.
If a machine is malfunctioning, please call Hercules at (800) 526-5760 to inform them so they may repair it. Alternatively, you may send an e-mail to email@example.com, explaining the problem and asking for a refund if you lost money. Hercules will need to know:
BUILDING NAME Pinehurst
BUILDING ADDRESS 447 Fort Washington Avenue
BUILDING LOCATION Manhattan
LAUNDRY ROOM LOCATION Basement; super required for access
MACHINE MALFUNCTIONING Take note of the number on the machine, and if you’re asking for a refund, include your apartment number
Our fourth look at maintenance fees across Manhattan neighborhoods is available on the On The Market page. The previous survey, the third, compares fees to those in 2006 and 2008. Want to compare? Download a copy of the 2012 report by clicking on the link below.
If you’re specifically interested in Hudson Heights maintenance fees, we have that data too:
Washington Heights is known for its noise. Luckily, Hudson Heights is a bit quieter. However, if you are bothered by loud music, a
party, fireworks or other terrestrial sound, please call 311.
Other noise comes from the skies. Aircraft fly over our neighborhood en route to LaGuardia Airport or on their way to points west.
Helicopters also fly nearby, and sometimes seems to hover. If these sounds are bothersome, please call the Economic Development Corporation at (212) 619-5000 with your concerns about helicopters, or for airplanes call (718) 533-5615 and press 3 for LaGuardia.
In late 2020 a group of Uptowners formed a task force on noise. In the spring of 2021, Council Member Mark Levine came out with a ten-point proposal to address it. One Uptown group, Respectful Decibels, seeks your comments.
The city has a way to keep you informed of emergency information as well as less-critical topics like parking changes. Sign up to receive notifications by e-mail, text, or phone messages. To stay informed, click here: https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/
Discarded electronics make up the largest growth in household hazardous waste in NYC, but you can recycle them instead.
We have a collection unit in the basement, where you can drop off your unusable items. They will be collected by the city and either repurposed or safely dismantled.
Your efforts make a real difference. Since we’ve been enrolled in the city’s e-cycling program, we’ve kept 5,667 pounds of digital detritus from landfills as of this spring.
The city will collect these electronics:
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.
When you replace your smoke detectors, you need to upgrade to a 10-year sealed model. A 2019 state law says that all new or replacement smoke detectors must be powered by the long-lasting battery or be hardwired to your electrical system. If you want to sell your apartment, you will need to upgrade your smoke detectors before the sale goes through.
In August 2017 Mayor DeBlasio signed legislation that requires all NYC cooperatives and condominiums to adopt formal smoking policies. The Board will be amending the House Rules to include this policy and any shareholders intending to sell or lease their apartment must also include it in their sale or lease agreement.
181 Street: Busway Pilot plan
Increasing the speed of transportation along 181st Street has been a goal of everyone for years. In January, the Department of Transportation presented its plan to Community Board 12. It includes changes to parking (and double parking!) and excludes from 181st Street traffic that isn’t a bus, truck, or emergency vehicle. You can download the plan here.
A previous review from Department of Transportation’s of 181st Street is here.
Interactive Subway Map
The famous map has been revised and moved online. It shows live updates of train locations, such as the one leaving 181st Street, right.
Scheduled maintenance is posted here by the MTA.
Weekend picks Support Uptown musicians at a concert of classical and jazz performers tonight in Inwood. Stroll through Upper Manhattan’s private garden that’s open to everyone and take in Art in the Garden on Saturday, featuring singers, painters, poets, and bees, right. For more music, tune in to Marjorie Elliott’s parlour jazz sesson on Sunday afternoon. —7:41 a.m., July 16
Singaporean snacking A new(ish) restaurant in Lower WaHi continues to garner diners’ attention. Eater NY praises Native Noodles for its chili crab dip and laksa, a Southeast Asian soup. It’s on Amerstdam near 166th, but it’s not a Restaurant Week participant. —9:38 a.m., July 15
Restaurant week Just as in January, the number of Uptown eateries joining the city’s restaurant week promotion (it lasts fives weeks, actually) is tiny. There’s one in Fort George and four in Inwood. It’s up to restaurant owners to take part in the promotion, so you could ask your favorite spot to sign up. There’s still time: the “week” starts Monday and runs through August 22. Here’s a list of participants. —8:41 a.m., July 13
Kid’s easel giveaway Emily is parting with a lovingly used art toy for kids. Blackboard on one side, whiteboard on the other. If you can put it to use (or your kiddo can), let her know before she posts it outside the building. Happy drawing! —7:57 a.m., July 12
181st Street ticketing It’s been almost two months since 181st became a busway, which means faster buses and, soon, the end of ticket-free violations. Private cars are prohibited on 181st from Broadway to Amsterdam for eastbound drivers, and between Amsterdam and Wadsworth going west. The rule applies between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Starting Saturday, you can be ticketed $50 for driving there, and the fines increase to $250. —7:10 a.m., July 11
Weekend picks Pack up for a night in the forest tonight when you camp with the Urban Park Rangers. Learn about the motivations that led to the artistry in the Latinx murals on Audubon Terrace Saturday afternoon. Find out how George Washington’s sweet tooth (was it wooden too?) and ice cream paired up, and why he named his dog Sweetlips. And keep your eye on the weather. Yesterday was a mess, and more rain is on the way. —7:10 a.m., July 9
Storage area leak Last night’s storm packed a punch and left a bit of water in the storage cage room. If you have any damage, get in touch with John at Argo. —8:42 p.m., July 8
Uptown spending The budget passed by the city council last week includes funding for several nearby projects. P.S./I.S. 87 Hudson Cliffs School will recieve $364,000, and the Yeshiva Univeristy Plaza will get $1,000,000. For the Fort Washington DPR West 186th Street Basketball Court, $710,000, and Row New York’s Sherman Creek Community Dock gets $340,000. —7:38 a.m., July 8
Screening postponed Fort Tryon Park sustained considerable damage from last night’s storm, so tonight’s screening of The Wizard of Oz is postponed. On top of the hanging limbs and other hazards, we have the heat advisory and more storms forecast, so tonight's concert, yoga, and games are on hold. Roads will remain open to allow crews to clean the debris. —2:13 p.m., July 7
Infection decrease Fort George and Hudson Heights had the lowest rate of infections among new tests Uptown in the last week. Our ZIP code had only 0.6 percent of tests come back positive in the week ending Friday. In Lower WaHi it was 0.75 percent, and in Inwood it was 1.08 percent. Keep staying safe! —6:18 a.m., July 6
Holiday continues For those of you with the day off today, we hope you get to relax. And even if your job is to keep the city moving, remember that it’s a holiday for Bud, so if you see some trash around the building please pick it up and throw it away. —6:23 a.m., July 5
Fourth of July Happy Independence Day! We hope you enjoy the holiday. —7:17 a.m., July 4
Weekend picks It’s park weather! 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. You can also take a look at an outdoor display of murals, right, honoring Latin emmigration at the Hispanic Society on Audubon Terrace. While you’re there, take a look at photographs of how Uptown has changed in the last twenty years, on exhibit at Boricua College. —8:22 a.m., July 2
ConEd request Please try to conserve energy and help keep electricity service reliable as the intense heat and humidity continue. Con Edison urges you to postpone using energy-intensive appliances such as washers, dryers, and microwaves unless necessary. If you have two air conditioners, use only one and set it to the highest comfortable temperature. —7:42 a.m., July 1
Delta variant A half-dozen variants of the new coronavirus are circulating among New Yorkers. The delta variant is the most worrisome. It was present in 22.7 percent of people tested for Covid-19 in the week ending June 12 (the most recent data). Stay safe. —8:05 a.m., June 30
Rockets’ red glare More like bombs bursting in air, aren’t they? In the Heights romanticizes Uptown fireworks but they’re outlawed because they’re a nuisance, not to mention dangerous. Call 311 when you hear them. So far this summer, five of the seven ZIP codes with the most fireworks complaints are from Uptown, but ours doesn’t make the top ten. —11:43 a.m., June 28
High heat The summer’s first heat wave is upon us. Check in on elderly neighbors to see if you can help by running an errand. Anyone without a/c can drop into a cooling center today through Tuesday. The closest is Hudson Cliffs School, and others are on the Events page. —6:39 a.m., June 27
Extension Cooling centers will be open through Wednesday evening. —3:56 p.m., June 29
Fort George construction A Brooklyn firm filed permits last week to demolish a parking garage at Broadway and Sherman Avenue. Once they’re approved, plans can go forward to replace the structure with a 20-story building with 272 apartments, at a cost of $190 million. It’s going to look pretty snazzy! —7:11 a.m., June 24
Rabies bait A reminder that on Tuesday the city placed bait try to lure raccoons to take a rabies vaccine. They’re brown packets, resembling ketchup packets, in Fort Tryon Park and Inwood Hill Park. If a pet eats one—the bait smells like fish—it may vomit, but the vaccine won’t otherwise harm it. You should avoid touching the stuff, which can cause a rash. More info here. —3:06 p.m., June 23
Plumbing problem Residents of the 5 line and those using the laundry today experienced an emergency shut-off of their water. The plumbers made the repair so service should be back to normal. Please let Bud know if you’re still having a problem. —6:22 p.m., June 22
Election day Our polling place is Holyrood Church, our the front door and just a block to the right at Fort Washington and 179th. Polls are open until 9 tonight. Get out and vote! —7:39 a.m., June 22
Smoke detectors With summer starting today, take a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Need help? Ask Bud. —6:45 a.m., June 21
Father’s Day All the best to all the dads in the Pinehurst! —10:42 a.m., June 20
Juneteenth Mark the first federal holiday celebrating President Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation at a house that was on the undeground railroad. It’s on Riverside Drive in Lower WaHi, where a historian will share the house’s story while you’re enjoying refreshments. Details on the Events page. —8:14 a.m., June 19
Weekend picks It’s the final week of the spring book club for teens, meeting this afternoon online. Tomorrow you can take your kids to Mitchell Square Park to choose free books for summer reading, right. There’s also a (pre-) summer solstice night hike in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday. Listen abolitionist music from a brass band on Sunday morning in Isham Park. —8:03 a.m., June 18
Bennett Park renaming James Gordon Bennett was an arch-conservative Scottsman who founded and edited The New York Herald in the mid-nineteenth century. He supported slavery in the pages of his newspaper, opposed Lincoln with vitriol, and denigrated Blacks regularly. The park the bears his name will get a new name by the end of the year, the Parks Department announced yesterday, in a release that lists Bennett Park under the heading for Staten Island. —2:14 p.m., June 17
Rabies bait On Tuesday the city will try to lure raccoons to take a rabies vaccine. Parks crews will place brown packets, resembling ketchup packets, in Fort Tryon Park and Inwood Hill Park. If a pet eats one—the bait smells like fish—it may vomit, but the vaccine won’t otherwise harm it. You should definitely avoid touching the stuff, which can cause a rash. More info here. —9:56 a.m., June 16
Infection decreases There’s good news: In the week ending June 11, only five people in Fort George and Hudson Heights were diagnosed with Covid-19. Inwood had only three infections, but Lower WaHi had ten. Things are looking up! —9:56 a.m., June 15
Early voting Avoid the lines by casting your ballot before election day, which is the 22nd. Details on how and where to vote in advance are here. —9:56 a.m., June 12
Weekend picks Murals of the Latinx experience, right, are on display on Audubon Terrace today (and for the rest of the summer). Kids with an ear for music will enjoy a version of Little Red Riding Hood on Saturday in Fort Tryon Park. Adults can take in a concert for more advanced ears in Roger Morris Park on Sunday afternoon. —6:52 a.m., June 11
Directors re-elected Thanks for taking part in last night’s thirty-sixth annual meeting of the shareholders. It was our second on Zoom and we hope it was the last on Zoom. In the vote, the dierctors were unanimously given another year:
Jennifer Peng, president
Riva Hocherman, vice president
Leslie Thrope, vice president
Jessica Bendiner, secretary
Rogier de Boer-Phelan, treasurer
You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org (or just say hi in the elevator). —6:52 a.m., June 9
Meeting tonight Power up your computer for the annual meeting of 447 Ft. Washington Owners’ Corporation, which will be online again this year. Shareholders will hear the board’s report and elect directors to run the business. If you won’t be able to attend—or even if you’re not certain that you can—please take ninety seconds to fill out the proxy! That way your attendance counts toward our quorum. Hand your proxy to a director (or slide it under their door) before the meeting’s 7 p.m. start time. The connection details are in the letter we sent. —7:31 a.m., June 8
Mayoral donations Ready for the primary election? It’s in two weeks, and so far Scott Stringer is receiving the most in donations from WaHi, bringing in $25,181 through the end of May. Behind him are Diane Morales and Maya Wiley, nearly tied at $16,800. Full details here. —7:47 a.m., June 7
Proxy participation The shareholders’ annual meeting is Tuesday night. We look forward to seeing you but if you may not make it please sign your proxy and put it under a board member’s door. If you end up attended, the proxy is void, so there’s nothing to worry about. —9:49 a.m., June 6
Weekend picks Teens can join an online book club this afternoon to discuss Undocumented, a novel for young adults. The annual Hike the Heights walk takes place tomorrow along the Giraffe Path from the Cloisters to Central Park, featuring events for kids, right, and adults. Native Americans celebrate their heritage at Drums on the Hudson in Inwood Hill Park on Sunday. —10:53 a.m., June 4
GWB delays Thanks to a vehicle collision, all westbound lanes of the upper level of the GWB are closed in Manhattan. Look for an alternative route. —2:12 a.m., June 3
The accident has been cleared and all lanes are open. Expect residual delays. —3:48 a.m., June 3
Vaccine count Fort George and Hudson Heights continue to do well with vaccinations. Our ZIP code, which also includes Sherman Creek, has 42.2% of residents who’ve received a complete course. That’s better than Inwood, where 39.6% of people are fully vaccinated, but lagging Upper Hudson Heights, which has 42.7%, and lagging Lower WaHi, with 43.5%. —7:51 a.m., June 2
Annual meeting The sharedholders’ meeting takes place a week from tonight on Zoom. Watch your mail for the connection and password. Think you won’t be able to make it? Turn in your proxy to a board member or to John. If you end up participating, the proxy won’t count. —7:44 a.m., June 1
Memorial Day It’s a bit damp and chilly for outdoor fun, but we can still pause to remember our fallen troops. Enjoy the holiday and since it’s a day off for Bud too, if you see some trash around the building please pick it up. —8:13 a.m., May 31
Grilling spots Go enjoy the holiday with some burgers, dogs, or veggie kabobs. Don’t grill at the building, though: It’s not safe (and prohibited by the FDNY). Just follow this map to a safe grilling spot in Fort Tryon Park, Fort Washington Park or Highbridge Park. —8:40 a.m., May 30
Weekend picks Bake a scrumptious chocolate dish this afternoon as you learn about the thousands of years of history of cocoa. Cheer on a survivor of domestic violence tomorrow as she finishes her 285-mile race to raise awareness of the issue, finishing the run in a wedding dress, right, in J. Hood Wright Park. Enjoy live music on Sunday at the Scandinavian Music Festival in Fort Tryon Park and the Gather performance in Roger Morris Park. —8:16 a.m., May 28
Addressing noise After Monday night’s meeting about uptown noise complaints, Council Member Mark Levine came out with a ten-point proposal to address it. One Uptown group, Respectful Decibels, seeks your comments. —8:24 a.m., May 27
Board seats We’ll be electing directors to the board at the annual meeting on June 8. Would you like to serve? Running a business isn’t easy, especially these days, but you’ll have plenty of help. If you’re interested, visit with a current board member or John at Argo so we can get your name on the ballot. —7:04 a.m., May 26
Elevator repair We’re sorry the elevator stopped working this morning. John has a repair crew on the way. —4:19 p.m., May 22
Weekend picks Teens can jump in on an online book club this aafternoon, discussing Almost American Girl. Get out and make a difference in our favorite neighborhood green space when volunteers head to Bennett Park to clean, prune, and spruce it up. Venture to Roger Morris Park on Sunday afternoon for a live outdoor concert—registration required for crowd size. —7:03 a.m., May 21
Historic Holyrood You may know it as your polling place, but for more than a century it’s been the location of an Episcopal congregation. Yesterday the Landmarks Commission granted the building landmark status. Designed in the Gothic style by Bannister & Schell, the completed church was opened in 1914. —7:13 a.m., May 19
Annual meeting The shareholders will gather virtually again for the annual corporation meeting on Tuesday night, June 8, at 7. Watch your mail for the Zoom link and password (so we don’t have to post it publicly on the web). —7:43 a.m., May 18
College cash The American Rescue Plan, a pandemic aid package, will send $6.5 million to Yeshiva University, in Fort George, and almost $4.6 million to Boricua College, on Audubon Terrace. —8:37 a.m., May 17
Protest near GWB From the city: Due to protest activity, expect intermittent road closures, traffic delays and a heavy presence of emergency personnel near the GWB approaching the Henry Hudson Parkway. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time. —6:08 p.m., May 16
Weekend picks Kids discover inspirations for poetry on a walk through Fort Tryon Park this afternoon. Tomorrow morning the Leadlights Ensemble plays an outdoor concert on the Billings Lawn. Sit back and listen to a radio-style noir thriller on Sunday night. —8:16 a.m., May 14
Garden help A big thanks to littlest green thumbs in the building for their hard work and expertise at sprucing up our plantings! The backyard now looks even more like home. We appreciate the parents’ willing oversight too. And thanks to Jessica for organizing the day’s activities! —7:31 a.m., May 13
Healthcare Heroes To honor the staff of New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia Medical Center, the city will rename the stretch of 168th Street between Broadway and Fort Washington as Healthcare Heroes Way. The ceremony takes place Friday at noon on the Broadway. —7:57 a.m., May 12
Covid decline More good news: the rate of Covid-19 infections in Fort George and Hudson Heights continues its downward path. Only 1.25 percent of our neighbors in 10033 were infected in the week ending Friday. Compare that to mid-December, when the rate was 7.98 percent. Of all Uptown, only Lower WaHi beats us, with its 0.87 rate. —7:32 a.m., May 11
Dandelion dance Released to coincide with this year’s crop, Dandelion features Daniel Gwirtzman’s interpratation of the cycle of the resilient plant. He was fascinated by it last spring when the dance troupe founder was isolated in the woods Upstate at the beginning of the pandemic. The film premiers in the Green Space festival next week; watch a trailer here. —7:46 a.m., May 10
Mother’s Day Our best wishes to all the Pinehurst moms! Mark the day with your family on a stroll through Fort Tryon Park, the 67-acre gem of a greenspace that celebrated its 85th birthday in the pandemic year. Here’s a film to celebrate the park, and to honor a famous Uptown mom’s contribution to the park: Dr. Ruth. —8:37 a.m., May 9
Weekend picks Get outside today and work on the Uptown scavenger hunt for Jane’s Walk. It ends Sunday! Help clean up trash in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday or clear weeds in Fort Tryon Park. Then relax on Sunday afternoon with a performance of the Jazz Power Initiative, right, streaming to your laptop. —7:33 a.m., May 7
Director’s seat Have you ever wanted to direct? You won’t meet stars of stage or screen in this job, but running the business that runs our home is an important task. If you’d like to be on the ballot at our annual meeting in June, visit with a board member or contact John. —6:42 a.m., May 5
Covid hospitalizations More good news: the proportion of our neighbors in hospitals for Covid treatment is the lowest of Upper Manhattan. In fact, you have to go the Upper West Side in the 80s or to Yorkville to find fewer than the 38 patients per 100,000 population in Fort George and Hudson Heights. And on Friday, Gov. Cuomo rescinded our Yellow Zone order. —8:09 a.m., May 4
Uptown aid Four organizations have requested a total of $11.5 million from Congress: the Action for the Retired Community XVI, Yeshiva’s Weissberg Commons, Community League of the Heights’ food pantry, and the Columbia Covid-19 Mental Wellness Corps. More here. —8:09 a.m., May 3
Library reopens The Washington Heights Library will open again. The NYPL branch in Lower WaHi ends its literary isolation next Monday, when its hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Sunday. The Fort Washington branch, in Fort George, remains closed. —8:38 a.m., May 2
Weekend picks The garlic mustard plant invades New York each summer, siphoning water and other resources from native species. Help dig them out of Spuyten Dyvil Creek this morning. Support the Hudson Cliffs School P.S./I.S. 187 at its activities fair on Saturday, right, which will feature booths from a number of Uptown groups and artisans. A kids’ baseball league continues the spring season on the Dyckman Fields Sunday morning. —7:57 a.m., April 30
Greenway expansion The goal of a pedestrian path all the way around the island is getting closer. The next path sections will include one from Sherman Creek to the University Heights Bridge, at 207th Street. —8:07 a.m., April 28
Covid decrease Those shots seem to be working. Fort George and Hudson Heights now have the lowest infection rate Uptown: only 2.04 percent of residents in 10033 tested positive in the week ending Friday. You have to go to down to Morningside Heights, where the infection rate is 1.37 percent, to find a lower number. Keep those masks on! —7:25 a.m., April 27
Arts Stroll The nineteenth annual uptown event starts at the end of May, and the group has just chosen Marta Blair’s design, right, as its post. Born in Medellin, Colombia, Blair moved here in 1997. She holds two fine arts degrees and has worked in visual arts and textile design over the last twenty years. Blair has lived Uptown for a couplr of decades ans has been part of Cornerstone Studios since 2015. Once the Arts Stroll schedule is posted, we’ll add it to our Events Calendar. —8:00 a.m., April 26
Bus lane Starting tomorrow, buses an 181st Street will face less traffic between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue when cars will be banned. The goal is to get buses moving faster than the current 4 mph average, helping 66,000 daily riders get to their destinations faster, including the 1 and A Trains. If you drive east on 181st, look for alternative routes. —9:54 a.m., April 25
Earth Day outings Happy Earth Day weekend! The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra has set up somewhere in Fort Tryon Park … and they aren’t saying where. You have until 5 to find them. Or show your mother you love her by taking this quiz to find out how much you know about home. It’s part of Columbia’s state of the planet series. To prep youself you could watch a new video from the Fort Tryon Park Trust. —2::31 p.m., April 24
Neighborhood drains The pandemic year saw an exodus of urban residents across the country. In New York, the spots with the biggest population decreases were Midtown, Lower Manhattan, and Northern Brooklyn. Uptown felt the pain too, though Hudson Heights and Fort George saw the smallest net loss, of 1,626 people, or 11 in 1,000 residents. By comparison, Inwood and Lower WaHi lost 15 per 1,000 residents, and Sherman Creek and Upper Fort George lost 19 per 1,000. The biggest gainer? Sacramento. Read the details here. —8:02 a.m., April 14
Infection jump After weeks of decreasing infections in our Zip code, the rate nearly doubled last week to 8.14 percent, from the previous week’s rate, 4.53 percent. Don’t let your guard down! The vaccine will help but we’re not out of the woods yet. —8:20 a.m., March 24
Covid infections The rate is getting worse. Here in Zip code 10033, including Fort George and part of Lower WaHi, 7.98 percent of people are infected, more than the rate for the city, which is 7 percent. In Inwood, it’s even higher: 8.53 percent. Scroll down to find out how to get tested for free and how to find out if you have coronavirus antibodies. —9:11 a.m., December 29
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