Residents’ Information

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


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    Wishing you a safe and plentiful Thanksgiving weekend with your family and friends! We’re thankful you’re in the Pinehurst family.

Covid-19 Information

In light of the recent surge of cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant, and in response to the CDC’s July 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 John 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.

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

     Everyone aged 12 and older is eligible. Those who are 17 years old or younger must take the Pfizer vaccine.

     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.

     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:

     Jennifer Peng, president

     Riva Hocherman, vice president

     Leslie Thrope, vice president

     Jessica Bendiner, secretary

     Rogier de Boer-Phelan, 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 John at
Argo at (212) 896-8600 or, if you prefer paper, send a letter 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, John Caceci, 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, Jennifer Peng, 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 John and he’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 picture at right, from October, 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 is changing again this year. 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.
     This year the deadline is March 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

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 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

Weekend picks Solve the mystery in a kids’ production of the Baker Street Irregulars, opening tonight in Inwood. Enjoy an outdoor Halloween party tomorrow morning in Highbridge Park, right, with your costume; carts, crafts, and other activities will be waiting for you. Pinehurst residents can enjoy our own spook-fest in the basement Saturday evening, just let Molly know you’re coming by tonight. On Sunday you can visit Manhattan’s oldest house to see if your costumes scare away the spirits—which is the reason we wear them in the first place! —8:27 a.m., October 29

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


Inwood growth Next-door buildings on 206th Street will provide apartments for more than 700 people, according to permits filed with the city. One will stand 17 stories tall, and the other 14 stories. There’s no indication when construction will start.  —6:49 a.m., October 26


Rainy weather The city advises us to prepare for rain from tonight through Wednesday morning, with a total of 2 to 4 inches of rain possible—or more. City agencies are cleaning catch basins and removing street litter in case even heavier rain falls. —3:33 p.m., October 25


GWB delays Following a collision this morning, expect extensive traffic delays in both directions on the GWB. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —7:06 a.m., October 25

Spooky night The Pinehurst cordially invites you to a Spooky Night of Haunting Adventure! Come help us celebrate All Hallows’ Eve … Eve, as we transform our garden into a Maze of Mystery for all ages. Wear your costume (and of course your mask) and see if you can solve the riddles that await. Frights-tivities begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, down in the cellar. Take the elevator all the way to the final stop. I’d turn tack if I were you! —8:36 a.m., October 24

Weekend picks There’s a reason the city was the setting of Ghostbusters. Manhattan hauntings aren’t just for the movies. See if you can turn a visit to an eighteenth-century mansion an ectoplasmic encounter tonight in Roger Morris Park. You can see differnt visitors from another world on Saturday night: if the weather holds, spot the Orionid meteor shower from Inwood, right. On Sunday afternoon take a hike through the history of Hudson Heights and its predecessor, Frankfort-on-the-Hudson. —8:42 a.m., October 22

Steam heat With the weather changing, we rely on plumbing to keep our apartments warm. Remember that with our radiators, you must turn the knob all the way on (or all the way off). No middle settings! If the knob is between fully open and fully closed, steam will collect in your radiator, which will rust when the steam cools to water. —7:07 a.m., October 19


Absentee voting The deadline for registered voters to apply for an absentee ballot online or mail is today. If you go in person, the deadline is Nov. 1. More information is here. —7:15 a.m., October 18


Bridge closure Coming home Sunday morning? During the Bike MS Tour, you’ll have no southbound access to the Henry Hudson Bridge heading into Manhattan between 7 a.m. and noon, so plan an alternative route. —5:26 p.m., October 16

Weekend picks An exhibit of polychrome sculptures from Renaissance Spain opens today at the Hispanic Society, on Audubon Terrace. Open House New York returns tomorrow, with free admission at museums Uptown including the Dyckman Farmhouse, right, in Inwood. Take in an outdoor poetry reading and jazz concert on Sunday in Fort Tryon Park. —8:28 a.m., October 15

Espaillat relents Yesterday U.S. Rep. Espaillet rewrote his congressional resolution that urged New Yorkers to cast aside the historice names of their Uptown neighborhoods. The bill would have had us adopt Quisqueya Heights in place of every spot from Sugar Hill to Inwood, erasing the references to Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and their nemesis, George II, among others. His bill still honors the contributions of Dominicans, though it leaves out any reference to the Irish, German, and Jewish immigrants who shaped Uptown a century ago. —7:33 a.m., October 14


Quisqueya slight Two Texas congressman joined U.S. Rep. Espaillat in introducing a bill to give all of Uptown a new name: Quisqueya Heights. Tonight Community Board 9, in Harlem, will dicuss the proposal to remove from the map names of Hamilton Heights, Sugar Hill, Audubon Park, Fort George, Hudson Heights, Sherman Creek, Inwood, and Washington Heights. You can sign up to watch the meeting here (and vote yes or no on the renaming). Quisqueya is the Taino language word for Hispaniola, the island where Haiti and the Dominican Republic sit. —7:11 a.m., October 13


Foliage map Autumn colors are at their peak this week. If you’re planning a getaware to see the leaves, consult this map to find out which direction will yield the most gorgeous scenery. Of course, there’s plenty of color in the park, too. —7:06 a.m., October 12

Bridge math Can you solve for the GWB? Today’s cover of The New Yorker features a clever math problem, though one that’s likely more fanciful than practical. But if you’ve got an aptitude for arithmatic, try your hand at solving pigion minus three slices divided by the GWB plus one of those street steam funnels. The right answer will get you a month of free pizza. (Subject to verification by a math whiz.) Show your work! —7:19 a.m., October 11

Coogan’s Way When the beloved WaHi bar and restaurant Coogan’s closed during the pandemic, we lost more than just another Uptown watering hole. Coogan’s was a gathering place of pols and locals, and a reliable supporter of Uptown life. The documentary Coogan’s Way has its TV premier tonight at 7 on WNET. —8:26 a.m., October 10

Weekend picks Prepare for Día de los Muertos when you take your kids to CoCo, right, tonight at the pool in Highbridge Park. (The water has been drained.) Learn about farm-to-table dining at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood tomorrow. Spend a pleasant autumn afternoon outdoors on Sunday listening to poetry and jazz in Fort Tryon Park. —8:34 a.m., October 8

Sales boom All of a sudden, Uptown apartment sales are through the roof. In the three months ending Thursday, 25 co-op and condo apartments changed hands, up from just 11 in the previous quarter. The average WaHi sales price jumped too, going from $484,410 during the third quarter last year to $640,780 this year, a 25 percent increase. The median sales price was $555,000, up 24 percent, and the average price per square foot was $688, up 23 percent. More details in the report below, which lumps all the WaHi neighborhoods together except Fort George. —8:08 a.m., October 6

Northern Manhattan Sales, 3rd Quarter 2021
Douglas Elliman’s report on neighborhoods from Harlem to Inwood.
Adobe Acrobat document [162.7 KB]

Mangú mania It was hard to miss: the world’s largest dish of the famed Dominican treat of puréedplantain and pickled onions weighed in at 1,200 pounds at a festival at the Hudson in Inwood on Friday. The Guinness Book of World Records had a staffer on hand to monitor the meal. All that food was too plentiful for the event, so 400 servings went to the homeless. —7:03 a.m., October 5


Free futon Kyli Rae is giving away a futon and more: a high chair, baby clothes and baby toys. If you have an interest, reach out to her for details. —7:21 a.m., October 4


Stink bugs It’s autumn, and the brown marmorated stink bug has been spotted in town already. The shield-shaped insects have a marbled or streaked — marmorated — appearance. They love fruit and don’t harm people, but they stink. To protect your apartment use weather stripping, caulking, or tape to seal gaps around windows and utility pipes. If you vacuum a bug, it will release its odor, stinking up your vacuum cleaner! Put the critter in soapy water instead. —8:27 a.m., October 3

Weekend picks Listen to the music of Off-Broadway performers, right, in Manhattan’s only stop of this five-borough show-on-the-road this afternoon in Inwood. Candace Bushnell will be there too! Also today: two F-18 jets will fly up the Hudson around 9:30 a.m. at an altitude of only 2,500 feet, so be ready to plug your ears. On Saturday there’s a performance of Shakespeare for kids in the afternoon and a new drama for adults in the evening, both in Inwood. —7:59 a.m., October 1

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

Unwelcome animals What a year for unwanted species. The city has sprayed for mosquitoes, left bait traps for scavengers, asked us to squish spotted lanternflies, left (a highly invasive insect that can destroy our trees), and next will vaccinate raccoons against rabies. The vaccine will be inside fish-scented plastic wraps resembling ketchup packets, which are designed to entice the critters do what they do best: steal them and eat them. They won’t harm your pets other than causing a bit of indigestion, but if you see one, keep your dog away from it. No word yet on the timing. —11:33 a.m., September 26

Weekend picks Go scavenging with Dora the Explorer tonight in Highbridge Park. Saturday will be busy, with bird watching and camping for the family, right, in Fort Tryon Park, and a shadow theater performance for kids, in Inwood. Once the weather dries out, head to Audubon Terrace, where the Hispanic Society opens an open-air exhibition of its most famous artworks. —6:57 a.m., September 24


Smoke detectors With autumn starting this afternoon, take a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Need help? Ask Bud. —7:14 a.m., September 22

Infection rate We’re doing better in Uptown, with Lower WaHi showing the lowest infection rate in the last week: 2.2 percent. Here in Fort George and Hudson Heights, the rate is 2.4 percent (by comparison, in late March it was 8.14 percent). In Inwood it’s 3.2. —7:29 a.m., September 20


Classroom closures An outbreak of Covid has closed the Success Academic Charter School at 700 Fort Washington Avenue through Thursday at the least. Two more schools in Fort George are closed, PS 132 through Thursday and JHS 143 all next week. Four schools in Lower WaHi are temprarily closed too. —6:43 a.m., September 18

Weekend picks When’s the last time you went to a drive-in? The New York Latino Film Festival hosts one tonight. Screenings are online, too, for those of us who’ve gone full New York and sold our cars. Mark the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month at Uptown’s hub of Hispanic culture on Saturday afternoon. Share a toast to Uptown’s outdoor jewel at the Toast to Fort Tryon, right, on Sunday evening on the Stan Michels Promenade. —6:58 a.m., September 17

Yom kippur Wishing you and your family a good and blessed year. —8:02 a.m., September 15

Pillow giveaway Care for a couple of pillows the show the color wheel? Jessica has had them at her office, where they’ve barely been used, and she’s now ready to give them away. Also on offer:

2 slanted metal paper/folder organizers
1 paper/folder metal organizer, for horizontal or vertical use
1 two-inch binder
1 one-inch binder
21 plastic pocket sleeves
Just let Jessica know if you’re interested. —7:41 a.m., September 13

Inwood housing Our northern neighbors’ lawsuits successfully limited the growth of new housing to only 2 percent from 2010 to 2020. That’s about to change. Zoning rules will let affordable housing make up a quarter of new buildings, and deals are brewing. —7:16 a.m., September 12


In memoriam We pause to honor the departed and those who mourn them. —7:51 a.m., September 11

Weekend picks Welcome college athletics back when Columbia hosts Long Island University for a field hockey match, right, at noon today in Inwood. It’s the Lions’ twenty-fifth anniversary season. Two comemmorations of 9/11 take place tomorrow afternoon, one in Fort Tryon Park and another in Inwood. Close out the weekend with an outdoor performace from the Isadora Duncan Dance Company on Sunday afternoon in Fort Tryon Park. —7:36 a.m., September 10

Lagging vaccines Know any vaccine holdouts? Some gentle encouragement would help the neighborhood. In Fort George and Hudson Heights, only 61.87 percent of residents have one dose, with 55.98 percent fully vaccinated. In Uptown, 66 percent of residents have had at least one dose, and 77 percent of Manhattanites have. —7:35 a.m., September 8


Kids’ departure Children now make up just 15 percent of Washington Heights' population, compared to 19 percent in 2010. According to Census data, the population of neighborhood kids aged 17 and younger dropped by more than 7,280—from 29,333 to 22,052—in the decade ending 2020. That decline was a bit less than WaHi's overall population loss of 7,695. —7:15 a.m., September 7

Holiday greetings We hope you enjoy your Labor Day to relax with family and friends. And if you’re celebrating Rosh Hashana tonight, our best wishes for the new year. —9:36 a.m., September 6


Grilling spots Go enjoy the holiday with some burgers, dogs, or veggie kabobs. Don’t grill at the building, though: It’s not safe (and prohibited by the FDNY). Just follow this map to a safe grilling spot in Fort Tryon Park, Fort Washington Park or Highbridge Park. —8:33 a.m., September 5

Cleaning up Nearly everything and nearly everyone is still waterlogged. A retaining wall in Inwood, right, at Park Terrace West and 218th Street, collapsed yesterday, and there’s plenty of flooding around Uptown. If you don’t have a mess to attend to, consider asking neighbors if they could use a hand, even if it’s just running an errand for groceries or to pick up a preseription.

     The sunshine is a welcome sight, and as we dry out there are plenty of activities to help clear your mind this Labor Day weekend. Take a look at Uptown events here, and activities for kids.

     And of course, if you have a request, just ask. —8:18 a.m., September 3

Ida: electricity, traffic, damage reporting What a day. Flooding continues on the streets, so avoid unnecessary travel while clean-up continues. ConEd has reduced voltage in areas of northern Manhattan, so please limit your use of washers, dryers, air conditioners, and other energy-intensive equipment. To help track the Ida’s impact, the city’s Emergency Management encourages you to report storm damage using the Damage Assessment Tool, located here. And as always, if you need help, please ask. —3:44 p.m., September 2


Storm emergency A Travel Advisory is now in effect. All non-emergency vehicles are advised to stay off of NYC streets and highways while clean-up continues. If you go out walking, avoid flowing water in the streets. Do you need any help? Please let Bud know.   —6:52 a.m., September 2


Vaccination rate The variants of Covid-19 show that even vaccinated people can be infected, and with the neighborhood’s jab rate, 60.5 percent, below both city’s, at 65 percent, and Manhattan’s, at 75.8 percent, wearing a mask remains a key to your safety.  —6:58 a.m., September 1


Screen time Skip the rain and enjoy visiting the neighborhood from home through one of several films shot in WaHi, or at least with neighborhood cameos. From directors including Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, and in science fiction to documentaries, Uptown takes its place in famous Manhattan settings. We’ve compiled a list toward the bottom of the Arts, Parks, and More page. Have a favorite film to add? Let us know! —1:41 p.m., August 29

Weekend picks In a twist on Tot Shabbat, a kids’ outdoor celebration brings a ukulele and challah together in Fort Tryon Park this morning. Japanese drums, right, return to Isham Park on Saturday night. And the Higher Ground Festival concludes on Sunday night with an online performance. —7:40 a.m., August 27


Fighter jets Two F-18 Air Force jets will fly low over the Hudson River toward the Verrazzano Bridge this morning at 9:30, at an altitude of approximately 2,500 feet. —7:27 a.m., August 26

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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