Tennis pass It may not feel like weather for your tennis whites, but the city is ready to sell passes to tennis courts the spring and summer. The closest are in Fort Washington Park. $20 for children 17 and younger. Adults’ permits run $100, and for those 62 and older, just $20. Here’s the link. —7:31 a.m., February 21
Fire safety The FDNY wants you to remember that there’s one easy way to keep a fire from getting out of control: close the door. To keep a frie from spreading, when you leave your apartment, make certain your door closes behind you. —8:22 a.m., February 18
Weekend picks Get frightened at a screening of Addams Family Values tonight in Lower WaHi. One of those Sofar Sounds concerts surfaces in Hudson Heights tonight. Join a lively discussion of authors on Sunday, also in Hudson Heights. —7:47 a.m., February 16
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 under renovation. We hope to have it ready for use in the spring.
Have a question about the House Rules, or how to get a storage cage? Ask one of your directors. This year they are:
Mindy Fox—vice president
Riva Hocherman—vice president
They will be happy to help you.
While you’re thinking of the building, help us keep your contact information current so you will receive official mail from the corporation and Argo without delay. If you have children moving out or roommates moving in, please tell us. Your information will not appear on this web site. If you do not want it to appear on our internal contact sheet, simply say so.
The secretary is responsible for keeping our records current, so when you have updates please keep us in the loop. Email using 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 Hedda at Argo at (212) 896-8600 or, if you prefer paper, mail us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 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 premises is prohibited by law — not to mention common sense.
Severe weather is an uncommon but dangerous phenomenon. In the summer and early fall, hurricanes may threaten the northeast. Here’s the city’s readiness guide for hurricanes. 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 there until the all-clear sign has been given (by the National Weather Service, typically), and have a first aid kit handy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 third, mostly biannual look at maintenance fees in neighborhoods across Manhattan reviews rates in 2012 and compares them to those in 2006 and 2008. Download a copy of the report by clicking on the link below.
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.
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/
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.
Scheduled maintenance is posted here by the MTA.
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.
Cross-Bronx delay Due to a vehicle fire about an hour ago, expect extensive traffic delays on the westbound Cross Bronx Expressway near Jerome Avenue. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time. –8:08 a.m., February 14
Tax rebate Owners of their apartments are eligible for a refund from the State of New York. This is your final week to apply for the STAR property tax rebate, for which most owners at The Pinehurst qualify. Even if you applied for the rebate last year, you must apply again. More info is here, and the details you’ll need on the form are below (scroll down to “STAR Property Tax Rebate”). The deadline is Thursday. –7:53 a.m., February 12
F-18 flyover This morning, three Navy F/A-18 jets will fly over the Hudson River at about 10:45. The aircraft will fly north to the Tappan Zee Bridge, then reverse course and fly down the river at an elevation of approximately 2,500-3,000 feet. –8:31 a.m., February 11
Weekend picks Lose yourself to dance tonight in Highbridge Park. The WaHi Chamber Orchestra features its strings tomorrow night in Hudson Heights. Hear a discussion of the scriptures of the Hebrew, Christian, and Islamic faiths on Sunday in Fort George. –7:57 a.m., February 9
Tax rebate Owners of their apartments are eligible for a refund from the State of New York. The STAR property tax rebate has a set of eligibility rules, but most owners at The Pinehurst qualify. Even if you applied for the rebate last year, you must apply again this year. More info is here, and details you’ll need to fill out the form are below (scroll down to “STAR Property Tax Rebate”). The deadline is February 15. –10:23 p.m., February 4
Weekend picks Give your creativity an outlet an at open mic tonight in Lower WaHi. Kids can learn how medieval children lived in Fort Tryon Park tomorrow. Take in a special screening of Body and Soul on Sunday in Lower WaHi. –7:53 a.m., February 2
Junot Díaz Last week at the American Booksellers’ Association Winter Institute convention, Díaz was a keynote speakers. Díaz, whose book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that takes place in WaHi, began his speech by thanking all the bookstores that have nourished him, not least Word Up Community Bookshop. Visit it on Amsterdam Avenue and 165th Street. –5:45 p.m., January 28
Weekend picks It’s Lego night for the younger set, in Inwood. Find out how nature survives and even thrives in winter on a hike through Fort Tryo Park on Saturday. Take in a piano four hands performance on Sunday in Hudson heights. –7:45 a.m., January 26
F-18 flyover At about 8:15 tomorrow morning four Navy F/A-18 fighter jets will fly over the Hudson River at an elevation of approximately 2,500–3,000 feet. The aircraft will fly north to the Tappan Zee Bridge, then reverse course and depart the area near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. –9:32 a.m., January 25
Giving back The holidays are over and we’re all working through winter while hoping we don’t catch that nasty flu. But some New Yorkers are still in need of your help. If you would like to donate used goods, appliances, or other gently used household items, one of these spots will gladly accept it:
• Hudson Heights
Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights, 121 Bennett Avenue
• Fort George
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey, 512 West 181st Street
• Lower WaHi
International Pentecostal Church, 619 West 179th Street
Centro Evangelistico, 148 Post Avenue
–4:38 p.m., January 21
“A” Train resumption The A Train is back to running in both direction Uptown. Expect residual delays. –7:13 p.m., January 19
“A” Train suspension Due to NYPD activity, there is no A Train service in both directions between 168th Street and 207th Street in Manhattan. For more information see www.mta.info. –6:22 p.m., January 19
Weekend picks The Best of the Dominican Film Festival continues today through Sunday in Sugar Hill.Get out on an eagle-watching hike tomorrow in Inwood Hill Park. Snuggle inside with a discussion among poets and a hsitorian in Hudson Heights on Sunday. –7:27 a.m., January 19
GWB backup If you’re heading west out of town today, consider a route besides the GWB. An overturned tractor trailer is causing extensive traffic delays on the Major Deegan Expressway and the Cross Bronx Expressway approaching the bridge. –7:46 a.m., January 18
MLK Day Turn your day off into a day on at an gathering that celebrates advocacy Uptown. Tonight in Lower WaHi. –8:06 a.m., January 15
Fire safety In light of the fire in Audubon Park on Monday that displaced 67 families, please consider taking a donation of toiletries, clothes, or school supplies to the office of Councilman Mark Levine, at 500 West 141st Street. And refresh yourself on tips from the FDNY on keeping your apartment safe from fires. –4:02 p.m., January 10
Audubon Park blaze Emergency personnel are on the scene of a five-alarm fire located at Riverside Drive near 156th Street. Expect smoke, traffic delays, and a presence of emergency personnel in the area. Subways are operating normally; drivers may wish to consider an alternative route. –3:22 p.m., January 8
Update: The fire worsened in the early evening, becoming a seven-alarm blaze. Subways and buses continue to operate normally. –6:45 p.m., January 8
Fort George water main Emergency personnel are working on a “water condition” at 185th and Audubon Avenue, delaying traffic. If you’re heading to Highbridge Park, Yeshiva University, or another spot in Fort George, take an alternative route. –3:18 p.m., January 7
Weekend picks It’s cold out there today, so be extra careful outdoors! Tomorrow, on Kings’ Day, find out about medieval kings at the Cloisters. On Sunday take in a staged reading about a tough Senate election. Sunday is alo your last day to drop off your (formerly) live Christmas tree in Bennett Park to have it turned into mulch. And if the weather improves a bit, head to Billings Lawn for sledding. –7:03 a.m., January 5
Wind chill It’s a mess out there, and you don’t have to move your car until Monday—so far. If you decide to go out tomorrow, maybe to Billings Lawn (above) to sled, bundle up. The wind chill could plunge to –20. And if you see Bud, thank him for all that shoveling! –4:39 p.m., January 4
Storm warning You already know about the bomb cyclone tomorrow and the snow and the cancelled alternate-side parking. Keep in mind that our tile floors will be slippery when snow melts on them, and don’t forget the extra work Bud will do keeping the sidewalks clear. –11:34 p.m., January 3
Lords a-leaping On this tenth day of Christmas, you may still be thinking of all the shopping you complete last month. Did you pay more than last year? If you had bought all the items in the The Twelve Days of Christmas, you would have paid 0.6 percent more than a year ago. Today’s gift, those leaping lords, saw a 2 percent increase, costing $5,618.90. Here’s the complete run-down. –7:39 a.m., January 3
Web hitch Our web service was disrupted on Monday and most of today, but it’s back in service now. Close readers may have noticed posts that appeared to be a month out of date and missing calendar events. Our web host found the bug, which had affected several sites, and fixed it. Thanks for your patience. –12:17 a.m., January 3
Best wishes Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018! –12:22 p.m., December 31
Weekend picks There’s an open mic event for artists tonight in Lower WaHi. Join in the challenge of racing on the fastest indoor track anywhere, which is also in Lower WaHi. Treecycle—turning your Christmas tree into mulch—begins on Sunday in parks throughout the neighborhood. –7:52 a.m., December 29
Tree recycling If you have a live tree, wreath, or roping, keep it fresh by spraying water on it. Once you’re ready to take it down, get one of the big plastic bags that Bud left in the basement by the elevator and put your greenery in it before taking it to the back gate by the street. If you can wait until Sunday, you can take greenery to Bennett Park, where the city is collecting it to turn into mulch. –6:28 a.m., December 26
Tiny prints Bud saw nothing causing noise of the roof but says he found several sets of tiny paw prints left behind on the roof and, oddly, the marks of what appear to be sleigh runners. –12:17 a.m., December 25
Rooftop clatter After getting a few calls from sixth-floor residents, Bud is checking the roof for the source of unusual noises. –11:56 p.m., December 24
Weekend picks Kids can learn dance steps to celebrate Kwanzaa tonight in Inwood. A curator will show you Jewish heroes in medieval Christian art on Saturday in the Cloisters. And keep track of Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve. –7:06 a.m., December 22
Winter’s arrival With the change in season comes a reminder to replace the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Need help? Ask Bud. –7:01 a.m., December 21
Hispanic Society The good news: Spain’s most pestigious award went to the Hispanic Society this year. The bad news: the society’s museum galleries are closed for refurbishing until 2020. In the meantime, we can still be proud that an Uptown neighbor won the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. –8:18 a.m., December 18
Weekend picks After a reading tonight for women of color, enjoy a weekend of almost-winter activities. Kids will enjoy a walk through Inwood Hill Park on Saturday to discover what animals do in cold weather, or a chance to make pomanders, a colonial-era decoration. On Sunday, dip into an old-New York punch bowl or listen to a reading of A Visit From Saint Nick before walking to the author’s grave. And don’t forget the Chanukah celebration on Sunday in Fort George. –8:04 a.m., December 15
Decked halls Thanks for your help decorating the building. Here are some photos, with more coming over the next few days. –9:22 p.m., December 13
Holiday party The weather couldn’t be better to celebrate the season with your neighbors — without leaving home. We look forward to seeing you this evening at 5 in the lobby. –10:07 a.m., December 10
Holiday decor What a mess outside! Even alternate-side parking is suspended today, so stay indoors and join your neighbors decorating the lobby. Meet at 2 by the fireplace. Mistletoe and Santa hats optional. –9:12 a.m., December 9
Weekend picks The Lions Gate Trio makes a special appearance in Hudson Heights tonight. Children can meet an owl and other wild-but-not-scary animals in J. Hood Wright Park on Saturday. And don’t forget our holiday party, right, on Sunday evening at 5 in the lobby. –7:18 a.m., December 8
Lobby decorating Join you neighbors in decorating the lobby for the holidays. Meet Bud by the fireplace on Saturday at 2 to deck the halls. Then join us for the holiday party on Sunday evening at 5. –7:28 a.m., December 5
Busy week With the holidays starting in full force, neighborhood activities are at the brim. This week there’s a philosophical discussion of truth, college basketball, and a tasting of Colonial punches. And those are all beforee the weekend. Details here. –8:40 p.m., December 3
Weekend picks Join the chorus for the annual neighborhood performance of Messiah, right, in Hudson Heights tonight. Go on an owl-watching hike tomorrow in Inwood. Enjoy the holiday concert of Cornerstone Chorale in Hudson Heights on Sunday. –7:32 a.m., December 1
Did you feel it? A 4.4 magnitude earthquake happened this afternoon near Dover, Delaware, according to the U. S. Geological Survey. The temblor was reportedly felt locally, but there are no reports here of injuries or damage so far. Did you feel it? Submit a report here. –8:17 p.m., November 30
Holiday party Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, December 10, from 5 to 7 so you will be sure to come to our annual winter get-together. We’ll have some food and drink on hand, and you’re welcome to bring your own. Want to help decorate? Keep your eyes open for a time to deck the halls (or the lobby, anyway). –7:18 a.m., November 28
Fire victims Forty-seven families lost their homes in the fire on 144th Street this month. To make matters worse, they are now without basic necessities. If you can help, take your donation of clothing, school supplies, or toiletries to Councilman Mark Levine’s office at 500 West 141st Street, at Amsterdam Avenue. —4:20 p.m., November 26
Weekend picks Reconcile with your waistline on a stroll across the High Bridge today. Take you camera to Inwood Hill Park to find out where you can capture the “golden hour” before sunset Saturday afternoon. Join an interfaith service of thanks on Sunday in Lower WaHi. —8:02 a.m., November 24
Happy Thanksgiving All our best wishes for a safe and enjoyable day. If you are looking for a way to show your thanks, consider collecting a few household items to be distributed to the families who lost their homes in the fire last week. Details in the post below. —7:48 a.m., November 23
Board of Directors
447 Ft. Washington Owners’ Corp.
447 Ft. Washington Ave, Apt. 68
New York, NY 10033