Residents’ Information

Neighbors in need Forty-seven families lost their homes in the fire on 144th Street last week. 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. —6:26 p.m., November 21


F-18 flyover Three U.S. Navy F/A-18 aircraft will fly over the Hudson River on Tuesday, north to the Tappan Zee Bridge and then reverse course. The flyover will occur at an elevation of approximately 2,500-3,000 feet. —9:15 p.m., November 20

Firing from the Bronx, left, over Swindlers’ Cove, middle foreground, the British advance on the Colonists on Nov. 17, 1776.

Colonel McGaw The British had defeated the Colonists in the Battle of Fort Washington, right, by this date in 1776. Those rebels who weren’t captured retreated, under the command of Col. Robert McGaw, across the Hudson to Fort Lee, where the commanding officer. Gen. George Washington, oversaw the fighting. And now you know where that street name comes from. —11:14 a.m., November 19


Weekend picks Uptown’s children’s film fesitval ends tonight in Inwood. The Catalyst quartet performs music from the Southern Hemisphere on Saturday in Hudson Heights. Celebrate Thanksgiving at an interfaith service on Sunday in Hudson Heights. —7:12 a.m., November 17


Nurse Margaret Ever wonder how that nearby entrance to Fort Tryon Park got its name? Margaret Corbin was a nurse who fought alongside her husband in the Battle of Fort Washington, which started 241 years ago today. When her husband was killed, she took his place as a gunner. —7:47 a.m., November 16



Application Forms

Download the forms you need, posted here as pdf files. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please call our property manager, who can also send you any of these forms through the mail.

Automatic Payment
Never be late again with your maintenance fee. Sign up for automatic payment from your checking account. It’s ideal for travelers. There’s no cost, and with it you’ll never pay another late fee.
ACH Form Scan.PDF
PDF File [132.6 KB]
Bike Rack
Store your bicycle in the basement storage room. Please keep it locked to the rack. To get your rack, fill out this form. (It’s the same as the Storage Cage form, just check the Bike Rack box at the bottom.)
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.4 KB]
Decoration Agreement
If the improvement you’re planning is less extensive than a renovation but you’re still planning to use outside help to complete the job, you may be eligible to use the decoration agreement. It’s less extensive than the alteration agreement (below, under Renovations and Alterations). Before submitting a decoration agreement, please visit with the property manager.
Pinehurst 447 Decoration Agreement.pdf
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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.
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.
Pinehurst 447 House Rules with Acknowled[...]
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Renovations and Alterations
Renovations fall into this category. Use this form to submit with your plans. If you believe your work is not extensive, please contact the property manager to see if you qualify to work under a decoration agreement (see above). Mail the completed form to Hedda at Argo, 50 West 17 Street, NYC 10011-5702.
Pinehurst 447 Alteration Agreement.pdf
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Sale/Purchase of Apartment Shares
The purchaser should fill out this document to apply to transfer shares from the seller.
Pinehurst 10034_447_fwa purchase_applica[...]
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Storage Cage
If your apartment is too cluttered, store your overflowing belongings in a storage cage in the basement. To get your cage, fill out this document.
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.4 KB]
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:


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



      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

     Mindy Fox—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 or one of these addresses: For general questions To reach Bud Is where to send your updated contact details 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.

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 premises is prohibited by law — not to mention common sense.


Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Severe Weather

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.

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, 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

Manhattan Maintenance Fees

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.

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.
     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:


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.

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:
     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

Compost drop-off Help keep your trash footprint small while making plants healthy by composting your food scraps. The city collects scraps in Bennett Park on Wednesday mornings between 6:45 and 11:15 (except during bad weather). —11:09 a.m., November 12


Weekend picks A festival of children’s films from around the world opens its week-long run tonight in Lowe WaHi. The faithful celebrate the Feast of St. Frances Cabrini in Hudson Heights starting Saturday. Mark the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Fort Washington on Sunday in Fort Tryon Park. —7:31 a.m., November 10


F-18 flyover Around noon, three U.S. Navy F/A-18 aircraft will fly over the Hudson River, north to the Tappan Zee Bridge, and then reverse course and cruise to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at an altitude of between 2,500-3,000 feet. —7:33 a.m., November 6


Daylight saving You remembered to set your clocks back, right? —8:09 a.m., November 5


Weekend picks Opera singers from Puerto Rico perform in an Inwood concert tonight that benefits recovery efforts on the island. A twenty-first century take on Thelonius Monk’s jazz takes the stage in Hudson Heights on Saturday. The Howl-o-ween costume parade for dogs, right, postponsed by last weekend’s rain, takes place Sunday morning in Fort Tryon Park. —7:15 a.m., November 3


Frightful night The Hudson Heights Halloween parade is an erie sight in Bennett Park this evening. If you have kids who prefer daytime activities, head to Sherman Creek this afternoon. And if you’re a fan of jack o’ lanterns, head to Isham Park tomorrow evening for the pumpkin festival. The activities are listed on our page of kids’ events. —9:52 a.m., October 31


Stormy weather Update The FtDog Howl-o-ween parade is postponed until next week. —10:53 a.m., October 29

With the wind and rain, consider checking with an event host before heading to an outdoor event. We sent a message asking about the FtDog costume parade this morning; if we hear back before its scheduled start we’ll post it here. —9:14 a.m., October 29


Weekend picks The annual Greek food festival at St. Spyridon’s opens in Fort George today. Take a walk through Inwood history on Saturday. Enjoy the tail-wagging silliness of Uptown’s costume contest for dogs in Fort Tryon Park on Sunday. —7:41 a.m., October 27


Steam heat As the weather gets cooler, keep in mind that your radiator must be dialled all the way on — or all the way off. Leaving the knob somewhere in between allows water to settle in your radiator, which can cause it to rust and then leak. —7:39 a.m., October 23


GWB closures To support Bike MS, the GWB will be closed periodically throughout the day, along with the West Side Highway and Holland Tunnel. Look for alternative routes. —7:41 a.m., October 22


Weekend picks A live orchestra and 24-person choir will bring to life the music of Zelda in Lower WaHi. Join three-week study study of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, starting Saturday in Inwood. A performance of an orchestral piece about Dag Hjammerskold premieres Sunday in Hudson Heights. —8:06 a.m., October 20


Cooler weather Is your a/c still in your window? If you’re thinking of removing it before winter sets in, remember that city code requires you to hire a certified technician to do the job. That’s to make sure the air conditioner gets back inside instead of taking a gravity-led detour. A short list of contractors is on the About page. —10:19 p.m., October 17


Planned explosions The Port Authority will conduct a “full-scale exercise” overnight on the GWB that will include explosions, simulated auto accidents and a military presence.The lower level will be closed in both directions. It should end this morning by 5. “This is only an exercise,” according to the city.  Expect delays. —1:03 a.m., October 15


Weekend picks An exhibition of Charles Addams’ drawings opens tonight on Jumel Terrace. Columbia’s football team—undefeated this season at 4–0—opens its home conference series in Inwood on Saturday. Get a rare glimpse inside the cottage in Fort Tryon Park on Friday. —7:12 a.m., October 13


The first co-op Ever wonder how a housing arrangement like ours came to be? We can thank the Finnish, who established the first co-op 101 years ago in Sunset Park. —7:51 a.m., October 12


Community BoardStat Get data of all sorts about our neighborhood defined as broadly as Community Board 12 or as narrowly as The Pinehurst. It’s here for all Manhattan, and also for CB12. —4:49 p.m., October 8


Weekend picks Take a blanket to an outdoor screening of King Kong: Skull Island tonight in Inwood. Get an insider’s look at the artchitectural confection that is the United Palace tomorrow in Lower WaHi. An outdoor contemporary art show, right, aims to bridge social gaps on Sunday in Inwood. —7:52 a.m., October 6


Bus travel With Greyhound’s arrival last week at the GWB Bus Station, you can now travel to Boston, Balitmore, Washington, Philadelphia and Hartford by strolling down to 179th. —7:31 a.m., October 2


Traffic headache Tomorrow you can expect 80,000 friends, neighbors and visitors to drop by for the annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park. If you’re traveling, expect crowds. —6:53 p.m., September 30


Weekend picks Catch Jason Bourne tonight—if you can—at an outdoor screening in Lower WaHi. Climb the Little Red Lighthouse tomorrow in Fort Washington Park. Take in Native American dancing on Sunday in Inwood. —7:13 a.m., September 29


Hudson flyover Two Navy F/A-18 jets will fly over the Hudson River tomorrow morning at about 11, heading north to the Tappan Zee Bridge, then flying south and near the Verrazano Bridge. The aircraft will fly at an altitude around 2,500 to 3,000 feet. Plug your ears.  —1:01 p.m., September 27


Smoke detectors Autumn arrived last week, which is as good a reminder as any to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Need help? Ask Bud. 1:40 p.m., September 24


Weekend picks Meet Malala Yousafzai, the 20-year-old Pakistani who advocates for childhood literacy, in Lower WaHi tonight. Taste freshly pressed hard cider at an autumn festival in Inwood on Saturday. An exhibition contrasting modern and Colonial has its final day Sunday on Jumel Terrace. –7:02 a.m., September 22


Marshalls opens The grand opening is tomorrow, marking one of the long-awaited big name retailers’ débuts in the GWB Bus Station. Shopping there is more then retail therapy. Marshall supports Fresh Youth Initiatives, an organization that support children in WaHi. –5:56 p.m., September 20


Cooler weather The subway stations are still plenty warm but the weather is beginning to turn as the changes in seasons approaches. If you like to removes your window air conditioner, remember that city ordinances requires that a licensed professional do the job—for safety’s sake. A list of neighborhood pros is at the bottom of our About page. –10:14 a.m., September 17


Weekend picks The Hip Hop Hall of Fame awards are handed out tonight in Lower WaHi, where tomorrow you can take part in a commemoration of the Battle of Harlem Heights at a colonial mansion. On Sunday there’s a change of pace, with a monthly reading group meet up in Inwood. –7:37 a.m., September 15


Inwood rezoning Updating the building rules in Inwood could bring tall buildings—11 stories, 14 stories, or even taller. Progress or gentrification? Find out more and express your feelings Thursday evening at a public meeting in Inwood. –7:33 a.m., September 13


Election day Get out and vote! Polls are open until 9. Pinehurst residents cast their ballots at Holyrood Church, on Fort Washington at 179th. –7:35 a.m., September 12


Storm aid If you’ve lived here a while you can remember the havoc of Hurricane Sandy. If you’ve been in New York longer than that, you may remember how the city ground to a halt sixteen years ago tomorrow. Texas and Florida are coping with similar devastation and could use your help even if it’s a small donation to the Red Cross. –10:04 a.m., September 10


Weekend picks Get a spot to be in the live audience for MTV’s Wild ’N Out Live tonight in Lower WaHi. Meet Public Advocate Letitia James in Lower WaHi on Saturday. And close out your weekend with one of cinema’s comedy classics, City Lights, on the big screen at the United Palace. –7:49 a.m., September 8


Grilling spots The holiday looks a lot sunnier than today, so if you’re looking forward to grilling your lunch you’re in luck. Before heading out, check this list of grills available in Highbridge Park, Fort Washington Park and Inwood Hill Park. –5:42 p.m., September 3


Weekend picks It’s pj night for pre-schoolers at the library in Fort George. Clear out your closets and recycle those old clothes in Inwood on Saturday. Listen to parlor jazz—music performed in the musician’s home—on Sunday in Lower WaHi. –7:20 a.m., September 1


Composting bins The Pinehurst is now part of the citys program to collect organicc waste for recycling. You can put leftover food in the brown bins in the garbage area, along with food-soiled paper and unwanted plants. Full details are on the city’s web site. –7:31 a.m., August 30


Lowbrow but brilliant When Buuni Coffee’s customers decided to give the staff the day off for the café’s anniversary, it was a nice gesture. And it was noticed: New York magazine included the Uptowners’ goodwill in this week’s Approval Matrix, where the kind-heartedness may be considered a tough lowbrow but still appears on the brilliant half of the chart. 10:16 a.m., August 27


Weekend picks The Cloisters hosts a jazz evening amid its medieval halls tonight. Take a crash course in rowing on Saturday in Swindler’s Cove. Decompress with outdoor yoga on Sunday in Roger Morris Park. 7:48 a.m., August 25


Heat advisory It’s going to get hot today, so the city is opening its cooling centers starting at 8 this morning. Nearby locations are posted on the Calendar page. 7:16 a.m., August 22

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