Residents’ Information

Northern lights If you’ve ever hoped to see the aurora borealis, tonight may be your chance. Maybe! The NOAA predicts about a ten percent likelihood that the electromagnetic phenomenon will be visible from our neck of the woods. Here’s a predictive map, with the time universal time — four hours ahead of us — suggesting peak activity will come around midnight. For tips, check in with the Inwood astronomy group, which meets from 8 to 10 tonight on the ball fields near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street. —8:25 a.m., March 23

 

Weekend picks A spring art class for children opens this afternoon in J. Hood Wright Park. There’s a screening of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” above, tomorrow in Inwood. On Sunday, join a Purim party in Fort George. —6:04 a.m., March 22

 

New smoke detectors As you check your safety devices on this first day of spring, keep in mind that if you replace your smoke detectors after this month, you will need to upgrade to a 10-year sealed model. A new state law says that all new or replacement smoke detectors must be powered by the new battery or hardwired to the home. If you sell your apartment, you will need to upgrade your smoke detectors before the sale goes through. —7:22 a.m., March 20

 

F-18 flyover Two Navy F/A-18 jets will fly near the Hudson River north to the Tappan Zee Bridge before returning south along the same route near Manhattan tomorrow afternoon between 3:30 and 5:30. They will fly at approximately 2,500 to 3,000 feet. —8:22 p.m., March 19

 

Street renamed To honor an Uptown environmentalist and political organizer, 169th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue was renamed yesterday for Isiah “Obie” Bing. He was an engineer for Con Edison before his death in January 2018, and had testified in front of the Assembly on pollution from the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant. —12:46 p.m., March 17

 

 

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[...]
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Storage Cage
If your apartment is too cluttered, store your overflowing belongings in a storage cage in the basement. To get your cage, fill out this document.
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.4 KB]
Sublet
If you plan to sublet your apartment, your proposed subtenant needs to complete this document.
Pinehurst 10034_447 fwa sublease_applica[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [647.2 KB]

     The documents you will need for some other puposes are available from different web sites. Here are the most popular:


Gym

     The gym is under renovation. We hope to have it ready for use in the spring.

 

Pets

      Have a new best friend? The building welcomes most pets but requires proof of their immunizations and, for dogs, a city license. The house rules outline a pet owner’s responsibilities (at Section 24). If your pet is a pup and you need a dog license, find out how to file the paperwork here. The form needs to be notarized.


 

Getting in Touch

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

     Ted Kirschner—president

     Carlos Pareja—vice president

     Riva Hocherman—vice president

     Jessica Bendiner—secretary

     Hannes Bülow—treasurer

They will be happy to help you.

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

    The secretary is responsible for keeping our records current, so when you have updates please keep us in the loop. Email using board@thepinehurst.org or one of these addresses:
    
447fwa@thepinehurst.org For general questions
    
bud@thepinehurst.org To reach Bud
    
secretary@thepinehurst.org Is where to send your updated contact details
    
web@thepinehurst.org Reaches the webmaster
     You can also call John at
Argo at (212) 896-8600 or, if you prefer paper, mail us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 68, New York NY 10033.

Grilling in the Parks

Looking for a place to light up a grill? This map shows the safe spots in Fort Washington Park, Highbridge Park, and Inwood Hill Park.

     Grilling on the Pinehurst’s balconies and fire escapes is prohibited by law — not to mention common sense.

   

House Rules

Our building is a community, as well as our home. Residents share the responsibility to ensure a safe and pleasant quality of life at reasonable cost.  We count on each other to treat all areas of the building as our home, and to protect and respect the rights of all of the Residents to a safe and comfortable home. A set of guidelines helps us achieve these goals.

House Rules
The House Rules are available here. Return the cover sheet to Argo.
Please keep yourself familiar with the information in this document, which is part of your Proprietary Lease. The House Rules will be updated to include the Smoking Policy, which goes into effect on August 28. Until they are revised, shareholders who intend to sell or sublet must include the smoking policy in their sale or lease agreement. A copy of it is below, under “Smoking Policy.”
Pinehurst 447 House Rules with Acknowled[...]
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Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Severe Weather

Severe weather is an uncommon but dangerous phenomenon. In the summer and early fall, hurricanes may threaten the northeast. If a hurricane is threatening the city, keep on top of this evacuation map.
     The late spring and summer can produce tornadoes. Before you hear of a tornado watch (which means that weather conditions could produce a tornado) or a tornado warning (which means a funnel cloud has been spotted, though it may not have touched the ground yet), please
review these safety precautions for you and your family.
     In short, go to the lowest level of the building, stay away from windows and remain there until the all-clear sign has been given (by the
National Weather Service, typically), and have a first aid kit handy.

Laundry Room

Our laundry facilities are open to residents between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. You can refill your card in the laundry room.
     Hercules maintains the laundry machines, both the washers and dryers. With our dryers, to add five minutes you must do so when at least five minutes remain in the cycle. If there is less time, you will be given 30 minutes and charged for a full cycle.
     If a machine is malfunctioning, please call Hercules at (800) 526-5760 to inform them so they may repair it. Alternatively, you may send an
e-mail to service@hercnet.com, explaining the problem and asking for a refund if you lost money. Hercules will need to know:
    BUILDING NAME Pinehurst
    BUILDING ADDRESS 447 Fort Washington Avenue
    BUILDING LOCATION Manhattan
    LAUNDRY ROOM LOCATION Basement; super required for access
    MACHINE MALFUNCTIONING Take note of the number on the machine, and if you’re asking for a refund, include your apartment number

Manhattan Maintenance Fees

Our fourth look at maintenance fees across Manhattan neighborhoods is available on the On The Market page. The previous survey, the third, compares fees to those in 2006 and 2008. Want to compare? Download a copy of the 2012 report by clicking on the link below.

     If you’re specifically interested in Hudson Heights maintenance fees, we have that data too:

Maintenance fees in Hudson Heights, 2017
Manh Maint Hudson Heigts 2017.pdf
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Manhattan Maintenance Fees, 2012
manh.maint.2012.pdf
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Noise

Washington Heights is known for its noise. Luckily, Hudson Heights is a bit quieter. However, if you are bothered by loud music, a party, fireworks or other terrestrial sound, please call 311.
     Other noise comes from the skies. Aircraft fly over our neighborhood en route to LaGuardia Airport or on their way to points west.  

     Helicopters also fly nearby, and sometimes seems to hover. If these sounds are bothersome, please call the Economic Development Corporation at (212) 619-5000 with your concerns about helicopters, or for airplanes call (718) 533-5615 and press 3 for LaGuardia.

 

NYC Notify

The city has a way to keep you informed of emergency information as well as less-critical topics like parking changes. Sign up to receive notifications by e-mail, text, or phone messages. To stay informed, click here: https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/

Recycling

The Pinehurst is committed to recycling in accordance with New York City's goals. Most paper and plastic (but not all), glass and metal are recyclable in our bins in the garbage area.
     Compact fluorescent light bulbs require special recycling because their contents are hazardous. Also known as CFL’s, these bulbs are typically curly in shape. In our neighborhood the designated recycling spot is at the
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation offices at 76 Wadsworth Avenue (between 176th and 177th Streets). Open business hours.
     For more information on CFL recycling,
click here.
 

Smoke Detectors

As of April 1, 2019, when you replace your smoke detectors, you need to upgrade to a 10-year sealed model. A new state law says that all new or replacement smoke detectors must be powered by the long-lasting battery or be hardwired to your electrical system. If you want to sell your apartment, you will need to upgrade your smoke detectors before the sale goes through.

 

Smoking Policy

In August 2017 Mayor DeBlasio signed legislation that requires all NYC cooperatives and condominiums to adopt formal smoking policies. The Board will be amending the House Rules to include this policy and any shareholders intending to sell or lease their apartment must also include it in their sale or lease agreement.

Smoking Policy
447 smoking Policy_August2018.pdf
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STAR Property Tax Rebate

The STAR rebate grants co-op owners (whose apartments are their primary residences) the same school tax relief that owners of real estate have received for years. It is not given automatically—you  must apply for it—but if you applied in the past you do not need to do so again.
     The annual deadline is February 15, both for your first application and for renewals.
     Details on eligibility are here. The numbers you may need for The Pinehurst are:
     PROPERTY CODE RX7N991 
     LOT 87  
     BLOCK 2177

     BOROUGH 1

 

Subways and Transportation

A Train
   
Scheduled maintenance is posted
here by the MTA.

The Weekender

     Changes to subway service from Friday afternoon to Monday morning are posted here.


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

 

Announcement Archive

Weekend picks An concert described as an electro-acoustic performer, right, of secular spirituals takes place in Fort Tryon Park tonight. The Inwood Film Festival is running and concludes on Saturday. Kids can get started on making their own comics in Lower WaHi on Sunday. —7:44 a.m., March 15

 

Library relocation The Inwood branch of the public library is getting a new home, right on the site of its current home. While the existing building is torn down and the new one is being built, the branch will move to temporary quarters up a block and across the street at 4857 Broadway, between Academy and 204th Streets. No word yet on when the move will take place. —8:49 a.m., March 13

 

F-18 flyover Two US Navy F/A-18 fighter jets will conduct a flyover near the Hudson River tomorrow morning at 11:45. The aircraft will fly at approximately 2,500 to 3,000 feet, but we don’t know where along the river they will fly. —5:08 p.m., March 11

 

Raccoon alert If you walk your dog in Inwood Hill Park, be sure to keep it on a leash. Since late January, four rabid raccoons have been removed from the park. While raccoons don’t much like to be around people, dogs may flush them out of their spaces, prompting the raccoon’s fighting response. —9:39 a.m., March 10

 

Weekend picks The WaHi Jazz Festival, right, opens tonight in Hudson Heights. Columbia hosts Cornell in field hockey on Saturday in Inwood. On Sunday kids can start making their own non-fiction comic books in Lower WaHi. —7:33 a.m., March 8

 

La Marina The outdoor restaurant in Inwood on the Hudson, invariably referred to as the “troubled party spot,” is closing and may reopen as a Brother Jimmy’s barbecue restaurant, accoding to CB12. —7:44 a.m., March 7

 

Parking spots Should it be easier for residents to park in our own neighborhood? If you’d like to see the city issue parking permits to residents so they have priority when it comes to the limited on-street spots, take a look at this petition from Council Member Mark Levine. And while we’re on the subject, alternate-side parking is suspended today to facilitate snow removal. —7:12 a.m., March 4

 

Wintry blast It’s looking messy out there, so be careful. The road race that will close Fort Washington is still on schedule, with the kids’ divisions starting at 8. —7:41 a.m., March 3

 

Crossing Fort Washington If you have a car and want to drive out of the neighborhood tomorrow morning, park on the east side of Fort Washington today. The annual Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks run uses the street as its course, right, starting around 9 and going for an hour or two. Luickly, alternate-side parking is  cancelled today. —8:32 a.m., March 2

 

Weekend picks It’s open mic night for performers in Lower WaHi. Explore medievel flora as depicted in tapestires and paitings in Fort Tryon Park on Saturday. And get ready for hundreds of runners, right, to zoom up Fort Washington Avenue and then back down it on Sunday morning. —8:46 a.m., March 1

 

Election day Get out and vote! It’s a special election for public advocate. Pinehurst residents vote at Holyrood Church, out the door and to the right on 179th Street. Polls are open tonight until 9. —7:23 a.m., February 26

 

Parkway delay Owing to a downed tree, you can expect extensive traffic delays on the northbound Henry Hudson Parkway at 96th Street, just in time for rush hour. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —4:39 p.m., February 25

 

Park strolls Have you noticed that Uptown parks are busier than they used to be? All those people may make it harder to find respite in a forest, but there is an upside: your stroll is less likely to include a glimpse of activities you’d probably rather not see. —2:36 p.m., February 24

 

Weekend picks A local jazz band composed of European players performs tonight in Inwood. The WaHi Chamber Orchestra’s strings section takes a turn on Saturday in Hudson Heights. Explore New York’s original night life during an after-dark hike Sunday  in Inwood Hill Park. —7:20 a.m., February 22

 

Icy bridge Here’s a new one: Thanks to icicle removal operations, you can expect extensive New York-bound traffic delays on the GWB this morning. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. Or wear a hard hat and brave the bridge. —10:32 a.m., February 21

 

Ring recovery Everyone knows the story of the tourists who lost thier engagement ring through a grate in Times Square last month, especially because the NYPD recovered it. Did you know something similar happened Uptown on Valentine’s Day? It was at Broadway and Thayer Street in Fort George, and the 34th Precinct’s Finest made the recovery. Read about it in The Post, which manages to confuse Manhattan with Brooklyn! —7:08 a.m., February 18

 

Parkway delay Driving uptown on the scenic route? After a vehicle collision on the northbound Henry Hudson Parkway, you can expect extensive traffic delays at West 158 Street. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —5:26 p.m., February 17

 

Weekend picks Co-op owners who have not received the STAR tax credit before have until today to sign up to receive their refund in 2019. On the less taxing side of things, kids can find out about heroes in the middle ages on Saturday at the Cloisters. A tour of Fort Tryon Park on Sunday will introduce you to the names and places of the Revolutionary War. —8:16 a.m., February 15

 

“1” Train If you get to work by subway from Fort George, make another plan. Switch problems have halted the “1” Train above 145th Street this morning. —4:23 a.m., February 15

 

New parks The city is moving ahead with plans to solicit bids to build two new parks. One will be at the Sherman Creek Malécon, on Academy Street between 10th Avenue and the river, and the other at the North Cove near the University Heights Bridge on 207th Street. The bids are worth $50 million. —7436 a.m., February 13

 

Tax rebate Have you received the STAR Property Tax rebate before? It’s the one for owning your co-op apartment, assuming it’s your primary residence. If you have never applied for it do so by Friday to get your rebate check from the state. Owners who applied in the past do not need to do so again. Details below, under “STAR.” —4:56 p.m., February 10

 

GWB delay If you’re heading back to town this afternoon, you can expect extensive traffic delays on the George Washington Bridge. Consider an alternative route and allow for additional travel time. —5:23 p.m., February 9

 

Weekend picks Kids can play an organized softball game this afternoon in Wright Park. Walk the High Bridge tomorrow and get a tour of Lower WaHi. Stay warm on Sunday with a tour of the United Palace. —8:12 a.m., February 8

 

School closure Another Uptown Catholic school is closing. St. Rose of Lima, in Lower WaHi, will close at the end of the academic year. In 2014, Mother Cabrini High School, in Hudson Heights, closed. —5:21 p.m., February 6

 

Tax rebate Have you received the STAR Property Tax rebate before? It’s the one for owning your co-op apartment, assuming it’s your primary residence. If you have never applied for it do so by the 15th to get your rebate check from the state. Owners who applied in the past do not need to do so again. Details below, under “STAR.” —1:52 p.m., February 3

 

Weekend picks An exhibit of a modern-day fresco process opens tonight in Lower WaHi, where tomorrowo you can watch a stellar performance that aims for unity. Take a walk through the Heather Garden, right, on Sunday to see how plants are getting ready for spring — only seven weeks away! —7:32 a.m., February 1

 

Co-op un-conversion When landlords offered their tennants the chance to buy their apartments in the 1980s, the co-op boom took off. One co-op in Fort George made the conversion illegally — the landlord kept all the shares — and is going back to being rentals.  —7:41 a.m., January 31

 

New Jersey blaze If you glanced west over the river in the last hour or so you may have seen light from flames. There’s a seven-alarm fire in Elmwood Park, N.J., in Bergen County, about ten miles over the bridge. With the calm winds, you may smell smoke too.  —10:05 p.m., January 30

 

Wintry mix The National Weather Service forecasts a wintry mix of snow and rain that could affect us tomorrow and Wednesday. As temperatures drop, liquid on roads and sidewalks may freeze, producing black ice. —9:09 p.m., January 28

 

Harlem River Drive backup After a collision, you can expect extensive traffic delays on the southbound Harlem River Drive at the GWB. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —8:22 a.m., January 28

 

Park upgrade The city is planning to spend millions of dollars improving Inwood Hill Park. Which amenities need the most help? Have your say with city officials on Tuesday night. Details here. —1:43 p.m., January 27

 

Weekend picks Find out how to keep in shape easily at an exercise fair in Highbridge Park today. Look for ghosts in Manhattan’s oldest — and reputedly haunted — house tomorrow night in Roger Morris Park. Brave the chill for campfire stories on Sunday in Inwood Hill Park. —6:06 a.m., January 25

 

It’s Inwoodhenge! Although it’s less well known than it’s Manhattanhenge neighbor, Inwoodhenge is the day when the sun aligns with the streets of Inwood. The grid they’re on is different from Manhattan from Fort George to Midtown, so if the sky clears, get out at sunrise and sunset today or tomorrow to enjoy the view.  —7:42 a.m., January 23

 

MLK Day If you’d like to mark Dr. King’s legacy, there’s an event for kids this morning and one for adults this afternoon. Keep in mind that Bud has the day off, so if you see litter around the building please pitch in and toss it. —9:49 a.m., January 21

 

Pumpkin House One of the most famous homes in Hudson Heights sold on Thursday for $2 million. Nicknamed for its likeness to a jack o’ lantern (when viewed from across the river), the three-story orange brick home on Chittenden Avenue has had only four owners since it was built in 1925. Our new neighbors will be the fifth. —10:07 a.m., January 20

 

Weekend picks College sports buffs will be heading to Lower WaHi for a three-way Ivy track meet today. Shake off cabin fever with a hike in Inwood on Saturday — dress for the weather! A monthly series of literary readings meets on Sunday in Hudson Heights. —7:56 a.m., January 18

 

WWI memorial The monument in Mitchel Park in Lower WaHi, sculpted by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (yes, that Whitney), needs some refurbishing. A Columbia professor is organizing the efforts.  —7:45 a.m., January 17

 

Tax credit Are you receiving the STAR tax abatement? If yes, you don’t need to do anything. But if you bought your apartment after January 5, 2018, or if you have owned it for some time but aren’t getting the abatement, you need to apply. As long as the Pinehurst is your primary residence, you’re bound to be approved. The deadline is February 15. —12:36 p.m., January 13

 

Weekend picks Teens perform at an open mic show just for kids tonight in Lower WaHi. Dress warmly and get some exercise while cleaning and maintaining Inwood Hill Park, tomorrow. Or stay inside on Sunday for a piano four hands performance in Hudson Heights. —7:27 a.m., January 11

 

Saying fir-well When you’re ready to say goodbye to your Christmass tree or wreath, use a bag by the elevator to bag it (so needles won’t drop everywhere) and take it out and place it on the sidewalk by the back gate. If you want your greenery to go green, you can take it to TreeCycle in Bennett Park. —4:23 p.m., January 9

 

On the market We’ll be sad to see you go, but if you decide it’s time to move away let us help you get a good price for your Pinehurst home. One of the most popular pages on the website shows what’s On the Market. To get a link just fill out the form, which is at the bottom of the On the Market page. —6:04 a.m., January 7

 

Weekend picks Mulchfest begins today in Bennett Park. An outdoor classroom is an interactive art project in Inwood on Saturday. A free play series begins Sunday night, also in Inwood. —8:44 a.m., January 4

 

Happy 2019 Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year! —4:47 p.m., Janyary 1

 

GWB delay Getting out of town to avoid the crowds? There was a vehicle collision this morning on the outbound GWB, so you can expect extensive traffic delays. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —6:03 p.m., December 31

 

Tree removal Even though today’s the sixth day of Christmas, your tree may be weeks old. When you are ready to say goodbye, use a bag by the elevator to bag it (so needles won’t drop everywhere) and take it out and place it on the sidewalk by the back gate. If you want to keep it up longer, you can take it to TreeCycle on Friday. —4:13 p.m., December 30

 

Rooftop clatter Bud just went up to take a look around after getting a couple of calls from the sixth floor about a pitter-patter above them. —11:57 p.m., December 24

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