Residents’ Information

Weekend picks Masters of drawing and muralists from Mexico are the subject of a discussion with experts today on Audubon Terrace. The talk accompanies an exhibition of drawings, right, from the collection of the Hispanic Society. Take a walk into a camera obscura in Inwood tomorrow to find out how people discovered the trick in physics that led to the camera. Kids can relive their favorite illustrated storybooks in a workshop on Sunday afternoon in Hudson Heights. Before you head out, be sure to check with the venue to make sure your event is still on despite the snow! —8:43 a.m., January 28

Storm preparations It sounds like a big one. If you have a neighbor who could use help with errands to stock up on groceries or a prescription, consider asking if you can pitch in.

Memorial run A memorial road race starts at 7 tonight for Police Office Jason Rivera, who was killed Friday on duty. Rivera, an Inwood native, was a member of the Inwood Run Club, which will start its run at the Fort Tryon Public House on Broadway at Thayer Street. They’re asking runners to wear black. —9:03 a.m., January 27


Dog run The dog run in Fort Tryon Park is getting an upgrade. The Fort Tryon Park Trust, which oversees the run, is working with its contractor to secure permits so workers can start the three- to four-week process by the end of the month. The dog run will need to be closed during the work to expedite the process and to keep all humans and canines safe. —8:40 a.m., January 26


Restaurant week There are two more Uptown eateries participating in restaurant week this year. That said, last year none chose to join the party. Fireball is in Lower WaHi on Broadway between 164th and 165th Streets, and the Ethiopian coffee shop Buunni Inwood is on Broadway between 207th and Isham Streets. Despite the name, restaurant week, which started last week, runs through February 13. —9:33 a.m., January 24


New Leaf successor The Parks Department will announce a new restaurant operator for the former New Leaf in the next few weeks. In the meantime, note that the building's public restrooms are closed for repairs for at least two weeks. —8:09 a.m., January 23

Covid-19 Information

In light of the omicron variant of Covid-19, and in response to the CDC’s recommendation that New York County resume indoor masking, we once again require all residents and visitors to wear masks in the building’s common areas.

     That includes the lobby, elevator, gym, laundry room, basement, and all hallways.

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

     Let’s all keep the building safe.

     If you’re planning a meal out with your kids, note that New Yorkers 5 to 11 years old must show proof of at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to dine at restaurants:

Vaccinated? Sign up for Excelsior Pass so you can show proof whenever you need it.

     The spike may be behind us, but not by much. The infection rate in our ZIP code for the week ending January 14 was 18.93 percent, which is slightly worse than the 18 percent we experienced in late December, and still miles above the 2 percent rate in September.

     If you have a scratchy throat or a runny nose, find out if it’s a cold, flu, or Covid-19 at either of these testing sites. Both are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

     • Congressman's Espaillat’s office, 20 West 181st Street in Hudson Heights.

     • St. Elizabeth Church, 268 Wadsworth Avenue (at 187th Street) in Fort George.

     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 or by calling (877) 829-4692.

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
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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
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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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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.
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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
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If you plan to sublet your apartment, your proposed subtenant needs to complete this document.
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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 closed during the pandemic.



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

Contacting Us

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

     Riva Hocherman, president

     Alicia Meléndez, secretary

     Nilou Safinya, treasurer

     Jennifer Peng, vice president

     Leslie Thrope, 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 or one of these addresses: For general questions To reach Bud To update your contact details Reaches the webmaster
     You may also call Aileena Pacheco, the property manager,
at (212) 896-8629 or, after hours, contact Argo at (212) 896-8600. You may mail correspondence to us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 68, New York NY 10033.


Delivery Security and Package Pirates

Have you lost a box after it was delivered and before you picked it up? You’re not alone: 90,000 of them go missing in New York every day, and residents in some buildings are protecting themselves.

     It’s terribly frustrating to have a delivery go missing despite our best efforts. If it happens to you, please follow these steps:


1. Ensure delivery confirmation with the delivery service (USPS, UPS, Amazon, etc.).

2. File a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311.

3. Notify management of your missing package.

4. The police will contact management to obtain surveillance video. As per the House Rules, security camera footage is not provided to residents.


     To keep your delivery from being stolen, 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.


Gas Meter Reading

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

     Oh, those meters in the basement across from the elevator? They’re for electricity.


General Data Protection Regulation Info

Visitors to this website from the European Union have the protection of GDPR 2016/679 which on May 26, 2016, went into effect.

     Data collected from on are stored on the servers of Ionos, the web hosting service used by 447 Ft. Washington Owners’ Corporation doing business as The Pinehurst. The Controller is the webmaster, who may be reached at, and the Controller’s Representative is the property manager, Aileena Pacheco, who may be reached at (212) 896-8600 or at Argo Real Estate, 50 W 17 St, New York NY 10011. The Data Protection Officer is the president of the corporation, Riva Hocherman, who may be reached at

     The data we collect are those submitted voluntarily by shareholders to promote notices of sale of their apartments. There is no requirement to submit any information at any time. We store personal data for the duration that an apartment is for sale; once it is sold we delete it within four weeks of being notified of the sale. If a shareholder revokes permission for us to store personal information we shall delete it within two weeks of the shareholder’s notification.

     We use Google Analytics to review users’ visits to our site. Information from Google is available to us only in the aggragate; we have no access to any information about any individual visitor.

     An individual subject to GDPR 2016/679 has the right to request from the Controller access to and rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing concerning the data subject or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Such an individual also has the right to make a complaint the supervising authority, which is The Board of Directors. It may be reached at or at 447 Fort Washington Ave, Apt 68, New York NY 10033.


Grilling in the Parks

Looking for a place to light up a grill? This 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.


Hazardous Waste: Paint, Pesticides, CFC’s

After sprucing up your walls you probably have more paint than you can use for touch-ups. To dispose of them in the trash, let the paint dray out—just be sure you keep a window open. Once the paint is dry you can put it in the trash.

     If it’s latex paint (and it’s still wet), you can take up to five gallons to one of the city’s hazardous waste collection points. You can also drop off pesticides, electronics, motor oil and the like. The city also runs occasional Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics disposal events that are closer to home, but last only a day.


House Rules

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

House Rules
The House Rules are available here. Return the cover sheet to Argo.
Please keep yourself familiar with the information in this document, which is part of your Proprietary Lease. The House Rules 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.”
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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.

     Hurricanes are rare but their effects are not. Have a plan in case the weather turns severe.
     The late spring and summer can produce tornadoes. Before you hear of a tornado watch (which means that weather conditions could produce a tornado) or a tornado warning (which means a funnel cloud has been spotted, though it may not have touched the ground yet), please
review these safety precautions for you and your family.
     In short, go to the lowest level of the building, stay away from windows and remain there until the all-clear sign has been given (by the
National Weather Service, typically), and have a first aid kit handy.


Laundry Room

Pay for your laundry with your smart phone. Hercules has an app that connects to the washers and dryers so you don’t have to keep track of a card anymore.

     Download the Hercules CyclePay App from the Apple Store or Google Play for your IOS or Andriod phone. Full instructions on its use are in the chart on the right, which you can doawnload in the pdf below. It’s also posted in the laundry room.

Hurcules CyclePay App
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     The laundry room is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

     To help keep us safe during the pandemic, we ask you to limit its use to two people or families at a time and to take your clean laundry back to your apartment to fold so the next person can get in sooner.

     Para mantenernos a todos sanos, implementamos algunos procedimientos nuevos ayer para usar la lavandería. La lavandería está abierta todos los días de 7 a.m. a 11 p.m. Le pedimos que limite su uso a dos personas o familias a la vez y que lleve su ropa limpia a su apartamento para doblarla para que la próxima persona pueda entrar antes.

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


Maintenance Fee Statements

We welcome you to switch to paperless billing for your monthly maintenance fee.

     If you’ve signed up and chose not to receive paper statement but they’re still arriving, we have a solution. Just send an email to Aileena and she’ll get it straightened out.


Manhattan Maintenance Fees

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

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

Maintenance fees in Hudson Heights, 2017
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Manhattan Maintenance Fees, 2012
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Washington Heights is known for its noise. Luckily, Hudson Heights is a bit quieter. However, if you are bothered by loud music, a party, fireworks or other terrestrial sound, please call 311.
     Other noise comes from the skies. Aircraft fly over our neighborhood en route to LaGuardia Airport or on their way to points west.  

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

     In late 2020 a group of Uptowners formed a task force on noise. In the spring of 2021, Council Member Mark Levine came out with a ten-point proposal to address it. One Uptown group, Respectful Decibels, seeks your comments.


NYC Notify

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:


Recycling: Electronics

     Discarded electronics make up the largest growth in household hazardous waste in NYC, but you can recycle them instead.

     We have a collection unit in the basement, where you can drop off your unusable items. They will be collected by the city and either repurposed or safely dismantled.

     Your efforts make a real difference. 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:

  • Televisions (including cathode ray tubes)
  • Computer peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • Monitors, laptops
  • Electronic keyboards
  • Electronic mice and other pointing devices
  • Fax machines, document scanners, and printers that are meant for use with a computer and weigh less than 100 lbs.
  • TV peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • VCRs
  • Digital video recorders
  • DVD players
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Cable or satellite receivers
  • Electronic or video game consoles
  • Small-scale servers
  • Portable devices, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • Portable digital music players

Recycling: Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic

The Pinehurst is committed to recycling in accordance with New York City's goals. Most paper and plastic (but not all), glass and metal are recyclable in our bins in the garbage area.
     Compact fluorescent light bulbs require special recycling because their contents are hazardous. Also known as CFL’s, these bulbs are typically curly in shape. 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.

  1. Flatten your boxes when you put them in the recycling area. The recent picture at right shows what we want to avoid.
  2. Do not put your recycling in plastic bags. That includes plastic recycling. You can throw it all directly in the bin, which contains special bags that the city accepts.
     Keep in mind: The rules are mandated by the Department of Sanitation. So if we don't do it, Bud will have to spend more of his time on your recycling. If he doesn’t, we pay fines — which come from your maintenance fee. So find the zen of breaking down your boxes. It will save you money, too.
     A medida que vivimos la pandemia y nos enfrentamos a un volumen de basura sustancialmente mayor, ya estamos gastando más para gestionar nuestra basura. Su ayuda nos ayudará a controlar los costos.
    1. Aplana tus cajas cuando las pongas en el área de reciclaje. La imagen arriba muestra lo que queremos evitar.
    2. No ponga su reciclaje en bolsas de plástico. Eso incluye el reciclaje de plástico. Puedes tirarlo todo directamente a la papelera, que contiene bolsas especiales que acepta la ciudad.
    Las reglas son impuestas por el Departamento de Saneamiento. Entonces, si no lo hacemos, Bud habrá dedicado más tiempo a tu reciclaje. Si no lo hace, pagamos multas.

Smoke Detectors

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


Smoking Policy

In August 2017 Mayor DeBlasio signed legislation that requires all NYC cooperatives and condominiums to adopt formal smoking policies. The Board 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.
     The credit has changed. Some homeowners remain eligible to receive STAR as a property tax exemption, while others will receive the STAR personal income tax credit and will be sent a check by the state. The distinctions are made based on your income, with the lines drawn at incomes over and under $250,000.   
      If you once received the benefit but no longer do, read these instructions to find out if you qualify again. The credit is not given automatically—you  must apply for it—but if you applied in the past you may not need to do so again. So register for the credit as soon as you become an owner.
     Details on eligibility are here. The numbers you may need for The Pinehurst are:
     LOT 87  
     BLOCK 2177

     BOROUGH 1


Subways and Transportation

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.


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.

Announcement Archive

Weekend picks A special exhibition of Mexican murals, right, opens today on Audubon Terrace. The paintings come from the collection of the Hispanic Society and are on display at the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Tomorrow you can learn to track animals in the winter with the Urban Park Rangers. On Sunday, take a hike to look for the schist, marble and gneiss that make Manhattan’s foundation on Sunday. —8:29 a.m., January 21

Wintry weather Freezing rain, sleet, and snow are predicted for this morning. Bud will do his utmost to keep the sidewalks clear, but tread carefully, even indoors, where our tile floor can get slippery in a snap. —8:16 a.m., January 20


Covid tests A day ahead of schedule, the USPS is taking your order for a free Covid home test kit. All you have to do is sign up here. —9:32 p.m., January 18


Covid rate You’ve heard that the spike is behind us. Just keep in mind that it isn’t behind us by much. The infection rate in our ZIP code for the week ending Friday was 18.93 percent, which is slightly worse than the 18 percent we experienced in late December, and still miles above the 2 percent rate from September. Stay safe, and mask up! —7:21 a.m., January 18


Storm delays What a storm! If you visit a park today, watch for fallen branches. The Henry Hudson is flooded, so you can expect extensive northbound traffic delays on the Parkway at 190th Street. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —6:38 a.m., January 17

Weekend picks Illustrators, Blerds and other fans of graphic novels are welcome at the Black Comic Book Festival, continuing online today and tomorrow. Peak into WaHi’s visual history with a series of photographs taken in the neighborhood in the early 1900s, right, at an exhibit that opened this week in Roger Morris Park. Get out and climb to the top of the water tower in Highbridge Park on Saturday afternoon. —7:07 a.m., January 14

New officers With new directors come new roles. Riva has stepped into the job of president, with Alicia as secretary and Nilou as the treasurer. As always, you can reach the directors at, and you can update your contact info by sending an email to Alicia at —11:19 a.m., January 13


Busy streets Eight schools line Fort George Avenue from 186th Street to the top of the hill, but nearly two-thirds of drivers exceed the 25 mph speed limit, causing accidents and injuring pedestrians. A new proposal from the Department of Transportation would reduce the number of lanes, shorten crosswalks, and protect bike lanes. —7:38 a.m., January 12


Library closed To help slow the spread of the omicron variant, the public library’s  Fort Washington branch, in Fort George, is closed for the rest of the month. Online services are still available, however. —3:04 p.m., January 11


Testing sites Do you have a scratchy throat? Runny nose? Find out if it’s a cold, flu, or Covid-19 at either of these testing sites. Both are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Congressman's Espaillat’s office, 20 West 181st Street in Hudson Heights.

• St. Elizabeth Church, 268 Wadsworth Avenue (at 187th Street) in Fort George.—3:04 p.m., January 9

Weekend picks The Junior Knicks bascketball training camp, right, begins its winter session tonight in Highbridge Park, and features a tournament tomorrow morning. Or if there’s too much snow, stay in and Zoom into a presentation about the mushrooms of Fort Tryon Park. A workshop for kids who want to write kids’ books starts its weekly sessions on Sunday in Lower WaHi. And this is the final weekend to visit the acclaimed Gilded Figures exhibition on Audubon Terrace. —7:19 a.m., January 7

New directors Taking seats on the board, Alicia Meléndez and Nilou Safinya are now directors of the corporation. They fill the spaces left by Jess Bendiner and Rogier de Boer, who are stepping down after a combined 15 years of dedicated service. We also have a new property manager: Aileena Pacheco at Argo is at (212) 896-8629 and The next time you see Alicia or Nilou, or Jess or Rogier, give them your thanks for helping run your business! —1:31 p.m., January 6


Drummers drumming On this twelfth day of Christmas, twelve drummers do their thing—but at a higher price than recently. The cost of gifts for the last day of the season increased by 7.1 percent, taking the cost of a dozen drummers to $3,183.17, according to PNC Bank. If you were to buy all twelve days’ gifts spend $41,205.58. More gift rates here. —7:51 a.m., January 5


Board changes We’ll soon announce a couple of changes in personnel among the directors. We will also have a new property manager. Check back for updates! —7:48 a.m., January 4


Noise pollution The overnight music blasting from the alley keeps everyone awake and it’s against city ordinance. Don’t hesitate to call 311 to register your complaint. To help make sure you’re heard, take a walk one day to the building to get its street address and relay that important detail to the operator so the police know where to start. —10:50 a.m., January 3


Tree recycling When you’re ready to say goodbye to your Christmas tree, you can recycle it into mulch. Just take it to a drop-off spot in J. Hood Wright Park and the city will turn it into chips that will protect trees around town. Wreaths and roping are welcome too, just remove all the ornaments. Or, drop your off in the trash station in the back. —7:41 a.m., January 2

Weekend picks Soar out of 2021 on an excursion looking for the eagles who live in Upper Manhattan, right, led by the Urban Park Rangers this afternoon. Stroll into 2022 on a two-hour hike of Inwood Hill Park tomorrow, setting a pace for a healthy new year. Climb to the top of the water tower in Highbridge Park on Sunday. Also, today’s the last day to download the podcast Mendelsohnn on the Hudson, a history of Hudson Heights. —7:22 a.m., December 31

Covid spike The infection rate in our ZIP code more than doubled in the last week, from 8 percent to 18 percent. In 10040, it’s up to 20.05 percent. Stay away from crowds! —7:31 a.m., December 30


Gold rings The gifts for the fifth day of Christmas increased by 8.5 percent over 2019 (last year was an outlier), taking the cost of five gold rings to $895. If you were to buy all twelve days’ gifts spend $41,205.58. That’s the biggest jump since 2013. More gift rates here. —7:49 a.m., December 29


Tree recycling When you’re ready to say goodbye to your Christmas tree, you can recycle it into mulch. Just take it to a drop-off spot in J. Hood Wright Park and the city will turn it into chips that will protect trees around town. Wreaths and roping are welcome too, just remove all the ornaments. Or, drop your off in the trash station in the back. —8:59 a.m., December 27

Hoof prints Bud checked the roof but all he could find was hoof prints—eights pairs of them (or was it nine?) across the way. Nothing else. Though when he went back home, he noticed the gifts by the fireplace had been rearranged a bit. —12:07 a.m., December 25


Rooftop clatter Bud is hearing from sixth-floor residents of a pitter-patter, or maybe a clip-clop, on the roof. He’s heading up to investigate. —11:53 p.m., December 24

Infection increases The omicron variant is the most infectious of Covid, and we’re seeing it here. Last week, the infection rate in Fort George and Hudson Heights was 6.82 percent. The good news is the rate is lower than in Inwood and Lower WaHi, and that a year ago the rate was almost 8 percent. The bad news is that in May, it was as low as 1.25 percent. —8:09 a.m., December 23
Neighborhood composting The city has set up a weekly composting site on the corner of 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue, next to the community fridge. They’re collecting your contributins every Thursday from 7 a.m. to noon.
     Yes to Fruit and vegi scraps, non-greasy food scrapes, rice, pasta, bread, grains, cereal, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, nuts, cut flowers, houseplants, soiled brown paper.

     No to meat, fish, bones, dairy, fat, oil, greasy food scrapes, animal waste, charcoal, coconuts, insect-infested plants, plastics, twist ties, rubber bands, receipts. —7:42 a.m., December 22  


Smoke detectors With winter starting this morning, take a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Need help? Ask Bud. —7:42 a.m., December 21

Deck the halls Help us decorate the lobby today. You’re welcome to drop by anytime and pitch in as you like. The decorations are by the bulletin board. Fa la la! —10:03 a.m., December 20


Package bin Holiday gifts from the North Pole and ordinary goods from everywhere else are arriving as if by the hour. Check your email for a delivery notice and then send an elf to collect your order and you’ll make space for your neighbors’ deliveries and protect yourself from package pirates. More safety tips are below, under Delivery Security. —7:28 a.m., December 20


Electric cars Uptown now has a permanent charging station for electric vehicles. The good news for us is it’s on Fort Washington Avenue. The less-good news is that it’s between 164th and 165th Streets. But at least you can drive hom on voltage. —10:15 a.m., December 19

Weekend picks Still shopping for toys? Take a break when you take a look at how different childrens’ playthings were two centuries ago, on display in Inwood today. Cross Scrooge with a hard-as-diamonds detective and you end up with a noir Crhistmas carol. Sit in on a staged reading, right, on Saturday night in Inwood. Steel drums, marimbas, and an organ will mark the fourth Sunday in Advent at a Hudson Heights concert. —7:09 a.m., December 17

“A” Train elevators The upper end of the 181st Street Station is getting two more elevators. These will carry passengers from the mezzanine to the lobby, making the station accessible to everyone. Construction may leave that side of the station closed for a time, but no schedule has been announced. —8:58 a.m., December 16


Uptown avenues Update your maps: even Google hasn’t caught up with the new names for nine streets. In Hudson Heights, the intersection of Overlook Terrace and 186th is now Edith Prentiss Way, named for an advocate of disability rights who served on Community Board 12. In Inwood, the corner of Dyckman Avenue and Nagle Street is now Isaiah Che Moranta Way, to honor a 13-year-old boy who drowned in 2020 after jumping into the water near Spuyten Duyvil Bridge to save a friend who couldn’t swim. Seven streets in Lower WaHi also get new names. —7:34 a.m., December 15


Young diners Eating out? Starting today, even kids 5 to 11 years old must show proof of at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to dine at restaurants: —7:18 a.m., December 14


Covid increase Don’t let your guard down. On the week ending last Sunday, 1.69 percent of Covid tests in Hudson Heights and Fort George’s ZIP code came back positive. That’s quite a jump from a month earlier, when 0.8 percent of tests were positive for the week ending November 1. Last week’s rate in Lower WaHi was 2.03 percent, almost a four-fold increase compared to a month earlier, when it was only 0.54 percent. Be careful out there! —8:42 a.m., December 13


Christmas roping Live wreaths, roping, and Christmas trees all need water. Keep them happy with a spritz now and then, especially if yours are near your radiator. You’ll slow down the loss of needles, and lower the fire hazard too. —8:37 a.m., December 12

Weekend picks You’re busy and you need a break. Take one tonight to hear the ethereal strains of a harp playing music to set the Advent mood in Hudson Heights. Brooklyn Baroque carries the theme forward in its resumed holiday performance tomorrow night in the Octagon Room of Manhattan’s oldest house. On Sunday, enjoy a family holiday tradition from the eighteenth century, right. —7:48 a.m., December 10

Package bin Holiday gifts from the North Pole and ordinary goods from everywhere else are arriving faster than ever. Check your email for delivery notice and then send an elf to collect your order. When you retrieve your box promptly, you make space for your neighbors’ deliveries and protect yourself from porch pirates (or lobby looters, in our case). More package safety tips are below, under Delivery Security. —7:28 a.m., December 9

Free nightstands Looking for a pair of nightstands? Kyli is giving away these dark wood pieces. —3:37 p.m., December 8


Coyote spotted Its forebears have been in Manhattan since the 1930s, so don’t be too surprised that a coyote was looking for food in Inwood on Monday night. If one comes our way, observe it from a distance without approaching it, keep your pets on a leash, and make sure your trash goes inside a bin. More tips here. —7:16 a.m., December 8

Inwood tower That old parking garage on Broadway and 207th? It’s going to become a 20-story apartment building. Plans call for space for 222 residents and 17,000 square feet of commercial space. The property sold in 2018 for $5 million. The new owners filed a demolition plan in July but there’s no word on when the process will begin. —7:13 a.m., December 7


Apartment values We hope you aren’t thinking of selling, and even if you’re planning to stay there’s good news. With the Covid rebound, the median selling price of a WaHi home in October 2021 increased 4 percent over the median in October 2020. —10:35 a.m., December 5

Weekend picks Discover the toys Uptown children played with in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at an exhibit today at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. Enjoy a tree lighting, right, and menorah lighting tomorrow afternoon at the RING garden in Inwood. Join a parade of lights on Sunday afternoon in Hudson Heights to mark the seventh night of Hanukkah. —7:28 a.m., December 3

Tree stand Getting ready to decorate but don’t have that essential accessory? Molly is giving away a tree stand. First come, first to festoon your fir. —9:43 p.m., December 2


1 Train elevators Right on schedule, the elevators at the 1 Train’s 181st Street Station reopened yesterday. After being closed for a year to replace 80-year-old elevators, the new ones will now whisk you to the depths of the 222-foot-deep station. —6:59 a.m., December 2

181st traffic Drivers on 181st Street know traffic is reliably a mess, but lately the NYPD has made it a little less frustrating. U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat asked for help from the department’s traffic control officers, and earlier this month they stepped in to improve the flow of cars, buses, and pedestrians. —7:49 a.m., December 1


Giving Tuesday Whether you have your holiday shopping done or not (have you even started?), consider making a gift today to an Uptown charitable organization. Each of these enriches our neighborhood and our lives.

Fort Tryon Park Trust is raising money for trees

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum offer programs for Uptown kids

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company performs globally from its Hudson Heights home

RING maintains a private garden in a public park in Inwood

Uptown Stories encourages kids to explore their creative writing abilities

Hispanic Society of America shares the riches of Iberia at its museum on Audubon Terrace

Inwood Art Works produces plays, supports film, and hosts galleries

Your gift will make a difference today. —7:53 a.m., November 30


Covid decline The Omicron variant is worrisome, but there’s good news. The rate of positive tests in Fort George and Hudson Heights fell a bit again. For the week ending Friday, only 0.68 percent of tests in our ZIP code indicated an infection, down from 0.8 percent for the week ending November 1. By comparison, last week’s rate in Lower WaHi was 1.52 percent, and in Inwood it was 1.8 percent. —7:20 a.m., November 29


Happy Hanukkah Our best wishes for eight bright nights (and latkes). —7:39 a.m., November 28

Weekend picks Still stuffed? Work off that second slice of pie (or third!) this morning on a moderate hike through Fort Tryon Park, led by the Urban Park Rangers. Tomorrow after a turkey-leftovers lunch you can join a special tour of the gilded scupltures exhibit at the Hispanic Society on Audubon Terrace. On Sunday afternoon watch the unbeatuable Macs, right, play for their 44th consecutive win when they host Mattanville College in Fort George. —7:39 a.m., November 26

Lenape peoples Mark Thanksgiving at Shorakkopoch Rock, where it’s said that the Lenape traded the island Manhatta to Peter Minuit. If you’re an early riser, head to Inwood Hill Park this morning for a service at 9. Then we hope you enjoy a wonderful meal with family. —7:41 a.m., November 25


Leftover paint After sprucing up your walls you probably have more paint than you can use for touch-ups. To dispose of them in the trash, let the paint dray out—just be sure you keep a window open. Once the paint is dry you can put it in the trash. If it’s latex paint (and it’s still wet), you can take up to five gallons to one of the city’s hazardous waste collection points. Or wait for a Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics disposal event that’s closer to home. —7:12 a.m., November 24


Rat sightings There’s another unpleasant change in the pandemic world: more rats. Reports to 311 of rats in Fort George and Hudson Heights are up 59 percent this year over last, to 247. Reports in Inwood have doubled! That’s a reason to help Bud keep the building clean. —7:51 a.m., November 23


Lego & cocktails The hotel under construction in Fort George is on the path to getting a liquor license. The Radio Tower Hotel, which resembles gigantic Lego blocks, rises 22 floors and will include office and retail space when it opens next month. —7:51 a.m., November 22


Autumn leaves If you’ve noticed more of the season’s foliage on the ground lately, you aren’t imagining things. The Nature Conservancy examined tree growth and found that between 2010 and 2017, Upper Manhattan saw tree coverage growing by 58 acres, or 3.25 percent. The entire city saw an increase of 1.7 percent. Find the State of the Urban Forest Report here. —7:29 a.m., November 21

Weekend picks Today you can take a look at the toys children played with when the Dyckman Farmhouse was still the house on a functioning farm, back in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Join a special tour on Saturday of Gilded Images, right, examining emotions in Renaissance sculpture at the Hispanic Society. Or go birding on Sunday in Fort Tryon Park, looking for migrating songbirds. —7:29 a.m., November 19

For sale We’d hate to see you go, but if you’re thinking of moving, let us help you get top dollar for your home. Share your listing with us so we can add it to one of the most popular pages on the site: On the Market. —7:18 a.m., November 17


WaHi tower The Audubon Park neighborhood in Lower WaHi is getting a new resident. Plans for a 17-story residential building have been filed. It would rise 197 feet and include 120 apartments and 51 parking spots. No word on a construction start date. —7:36 a.m., November 16


Boathouse bathrooms A new boathouse in Sherman Creek for Row New York is being planned without any public restrooms, which frustrates the New York Restoration Project, among others. Do you visit Sherman Creek? Share your thoughts with Community Board 12. —9:01 a.m., November 14

Weekend picks Step out for a free neighborhood jazz concert tonight in Inwood, featuring two ensembles playing a mix of standards and contemporary pieces. Take your camera to Highbridge Park tomorrow morning to get tips on nature photography from a pro who shows you the best vantage points to compose your scenes of the historic setting. Don’t miss the recreation of the Battle of Fort Washington on Sunday afternoon, which marks the 245th anniversary of the rebels’ losing defense of Upper Manhattan to British forces. It takes place not at the site of Fort Washington but in Fort Tryon Park, near the cafê. —7:34 a.m., November 12

Covid decreases There’s good news for Uptown in infection rates. In Hudson Heights and Fort George, only 0.8 percent of Covid tests came back positive during the week ended November 1. By comparison, eleven months ago the rate was 7.98 percent! Keep those masks on: there’s light at the end of the tunnel. —7:13 a.m., November 9


Bookish displays Two Uptown libraries—in Inwood and Lower WaHi—are competing for votes in their elaborate displays of reading. Make your choice here! —10:50 a.m., November 7

Weekend picks The WaHi Jazz Festival features live performances by Uptown musician in venues around Hudson Heights and it continues tonight and through the weekend. Prefer a different kind of tooting? The Inwood Chili Festival returns tomorrow, and you can taste the entries before the winners are announced. On Sunday, take a trip through time in Inwood Hill Park to find out how the Lenape used the land before the Dutch arrived. —7:47 a.m., November 5

Energy rating So our score went from an A to a B, but not because we totally failed the midterm exam. The A rating was based on a score of 85 (just above the threshold!) and we dropped to 84, a decrease of 0.12 percent. That’s mainly because the boiler is not on gas yet, a change ConEd will make that’s been delayed by Covid. —8:44 p.m., November 4


Winter interlopers Boxelder bugs, Asian lady beetles, brown marmorated stink bugs—they’re all looking to spend the cold months in a snug spot. Keep them out by sealing cracks with caulk and keeping outdoor areas free of leaves. If you see insects, centipedes, or millipedes indoors, the best way to get rid of them is to vacuum them. —7:34 a.m., November 3

Election day Get out and vote today for mayor, city council, and the ballot access question. Polls are open until 9 tonight. Pinehurst residents cast their ballots at Holyrood Church, which is out the front door and to the right, on Fort Washington Avenue at 179th Street. —7:14 a.m., November 2

Cookies giveaway Need a last-minute giveaway for trick-or-treaters? Sara W. has a box of about a dozen cookies from her firm for Halloween, and each is individually wrapped. She has too many sweets in the house today and is looking for someone to them them off her hands. You can snack on them yourself if you like, we won’t tell. Just let her know and they’re yours. —8:48 a.m., October 31

School infections While the Covid infection rate is, overall, pretty low, schools in WaHi have the highest rate in the city, with 0.61 percent of students carrying the disease. By comparison, in Harlem, the district to our south, the rate is less than 0ne-tenth of ours. Keep your mask on and if your child is eligible for the vaccine, please follow through. —7:09 a.m., October 27

Infection rate Good news: the neighborhood took another positive step last week as the infection rate decreased to 2.1 percent, a tenth of a percent lower than the week before. That still means 31 people in Hudson Heights and Fort George tested positive, so stay safe. —11:33 a.m., September 28

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

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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