Residents’ Information

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

 

 

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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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]
Sublet
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:


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.
 

Smoking Policy

In August of 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

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

 

Smoke detectors Autumn yielded to winter on Friday, which is a good reminder to change the batteries in your smoke- and carbon monoxide detectors. Need help? Ask Bud. —4:22 p.m., December 23

 

Weekend picks You’d think it’s a music lover’s festival, starting tonight with a neighborhood tradition, the sing-along to Messiah in Hudson Heights. If you’d rather just listen, try a performance of John Adams’s Christmas Oratorio at the Cloisters tonight and tomorrow. On Sunday, enjoy songs from a manuscript discovered at the Royal Palace of Madrid, performed on Audubon Terrace.

     Once the weather clears, there’s also an eagle-watching hike on Sunday in Inwood, and for Spanish-speaking kids, la experiencia medieval in the Cloisters on Saturday. —9:04 a.m., December 21

 

“A” Train snag After a switch problem, A Train service has resumed in both directions between Inwood-207th Street and 181st Street. The usual delays can be expected. —10:22 a.m., December 20

 

Fresh greenery Keep your apartment safe: If you are decorating with fresh greenery — a tree, a wreath or roping — be sure to water it. Even spraying it once a day slows down the drying. —7:11 a.m., December 19

 

GWB delay After a vehicle collision, expect extensive Manhattan-bound delays on the GWB. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time. —9:56 p.m., December 17

 

Holiday travel Planning an out-of-town trip? Let Bud know if you’ll be gone several days or longer so he can keep an eye on your apartment. —5:05 p.m., December 17

 

Weekend picks An experimental music duo performs in Inwood tonight. And if the skies clear, you can watch the Geminids meteor shower after dark. Hear the Messiah on Saturday as you’ve never heard it before, or listen to a special reading of the poem known as Twas the Night Before Christmas on Sunday in Lower WaHi. —7:31 a.m., December 14

 

Tree lighting If you couldn’t make it to our holiday party but still want to get in the mood of the season, head up to Isham Park tonight for carols, cocoa and the lighting of the tree. —1:38 p.m., December 12

 

Subway service Following a service disruption, A, C, and D train service has resumed in both directions. Expect residual delays. —3:44 p.m., December 9

 

Holiday party Please join us for our annual holiday get-together today. We will meet in the lobby from 5 to 7. Food and drink will be provided, and if you would like to bring a seasonal favorite — please do! —9:36 a.m., December 9

 

Weekend picks Hoist a pint at pub night at a farmhouse in Inwood tonight. Kids can meet wild animals on Saturday afternoon in J. Hood Wright Park. Take in a reading of A Christmas Carol in Lower WaHi on Sunday evening. —7:44 a.m., December 7

 

Pinehurst, Texas President Bush’s funeral cortège will pass through the small Texas town of Pinehurst (pop. 4,624) this afternoon. It’s named for a ranch, which took its own name from the pine trees that grow in the area. For the etymologically inclined, “hurst” comes from Middle Dutch, meaning a thicket of brush, and more recently meant a “wooded or bushy eminence” in Middle Low German, says the OED. —11:05 a.m., December 6

 

Happy Hanukkah The festival begins tonight! —2:20 p.m., December 2

 

Weekend picks A community art show opens tonight in Inwood. Kids will lead an interactive outdoor experience in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday. Puncture the high-mindedness of the holidays with seasonal satire on Sunday, also in Inwood. —7:46 a.m., November 30

 

Holiday party We hope to see you next Sunday evening for our annual holiday party! Bake a holiday dessert to share with your neighbors or just drop and for some good cheer. —8:21 p.m., November 28

 

Pied Piper The children’s theater in Inwood has given kids up to age 18 the chance to grow through acting over the last twenty years. But its host, Holy Trinity Church, is planning a renovation that will mean the end of its collaboration with Pied Piper. The troupe is asking for your financial help to continue its mission in a new home. On Giving Tuesday, you can make your gift here. —7:47 a.m., November 26

 

Happy Thanksgiving We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday. If you’re in town tomorrow, dress for the weather: freezing and windy. —3:36 p.m., November 21

 

Apartment sales Did you know that a page on our website lists apartments for sale in the Pinehurst? It’s one of the most-visited pages on the entire site, demonstrating the interest in buyers to live here. So while we would hate to see you go, when you decide that it’s time to find a new home share your sales listing with us so we can share it. —4:53 p.m., November 18

 

Weekend picks Medical students put on Spring Awakening in Lower WaHi tonight. A chamber music concert in Hudson Heights tomorrow highlights woodwinds. Take part in an interfaith Thanksgiving service on Sunday in Hudson Heights. —7:29 a.m., November 16

 

GWB delay After an accident this afternoon, Manhattan-bound lanes are backed up extensively. Take an alternative route home today. —4:05 p.m., November 15

 

Wintry mix Tomorrow looks like it will be a mess. You’ve coped with sleet and slush before, but since it’s the first wet weather of the (not quite) winter, be sure to watch your step when you come home and walk across our tile floors. —8:50 p.m., November 14

 

Subway elevators The MTA will keep elevator operators in our “deep-core” stations on 181st Street. —7:58 a.m., November 13

 

Veterans’ Day One hundred years ago this morning the Great War came to its end. There are many ways to mark the centennery, such as pausing at the World War I Memorial of Washington Heights in Inwood in Mitchel Square in Lower WaHi. —8:20 a.m., November 11

 

Weekend picks The Greek Festival — of food and music — starts today in Fort George. Learn about narwhals and their mythical cousins, unicorns on Saturday in Fort Tryon Park. A relationship seminar will reveal its secrets on Sunday in Lower WaHi. —6:54 a.m., November 9

 

Election day Get out and vote! Pinehurst residents cast their ballots at Holyrood Church, on Fort Washington at 179th. Polls are open tonight until 9. —7:42 a.m., November 6

 

New batteries You set your clocks back, right? Good. Can you remember the last time you changed the battery in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector? Then take a little time now and put some new ones in. Bud will be glad to help. —3:40 p.m., November 4

 

Weekend picks A children’s performance of Our Town has performances this weekend starting tonight in Inwood. A play featuring found objects has a show in Sherman Creek tomorrow. On Sunday you can watch a re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Washington in Fort Tryon Park, just off Margaret Corbin Circle, right. —7:23 a.m., November 2

 

Hudson flyovers Around 11 this morning four  Navy F/A 18 fighter jets will fly north over the Hudson River to the Tappan Zee Bridge at approximately 2,500 to 3,000 feet. Then, around noon, three more F/A 18s will fly over the Hudson to the Tappan Zee Bridge, then reverse course and travel south back toward the Verrazano Bridge. —6:49 a.m., October 30

 

Haunted heights When you live in a neighborhood as old our ours, you’re going to hear some spooky stories. Here’s a collection of a few from Audubon Park to Inwood, right. —4:54 p.m., October 28

 

Weekend picks Watch a play that uses repurposed materials today in Lower WaHi. Let your child be fascinated by arachnids and arthropods in Inwood, right, on Saturday. Explore Islam in Lower WaHi on Sunday. —7:37 a.m., October 26

 

Voter’s guide The midterm elections in two weeks have become the most closely watched political moment in years. If you haven’t figured out which candidate in each local race aligns with your point of view, visit this election guide from WNYC-FM and Gothamist. —9:34 a.m., October 24

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