Residents’ Information

Weekend picks Discover how a medieval garden was a source of visual beauty and also food and medicine this afternoon in Fort Tryon Park. Two writing workshops for pre-teens and teens start their autumn sessions tomorrow in Hudson Heights: comic books, right, and poetry. Take your yoga mat for an outdoor session in a private garden in Inwood on Sunday morning. —7:11 a.m., Septmeber 23

Autumn arrives With the season changing today, take a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Need help? Ask Pedro. —7:20 a.m., Setpember 22


Fixer-upper Looking for a real estate investment and don’t mind applying a little elbow grease? Pick up a 75' by 157' vacant lot in Inwood for $14.95 million. No word on an open house, but if you stroll up Broadway between Dyckman and Academy Streets you’ll see that constrcution is underway for a 12-story building. As the new owner, however, the sky’s your limit. —7:22 a.m., Septmeber 21


Fall foliage The hot summer—our third-hottest on record—stressed trees across the country and will mute the typically gorgeous colors of autumn. Leaves are already turning brown and crispy across parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Here’s a map of expectations. —7:17 a.m., Septmeber 19


Bark park A pet owners’ website named Sir William’s Dog Run the best in Manhattan. The Dodo points out that the run is the city’s largest, and that the dogs’ humans host a monthly coffee meet-up and a Halloween costume contest. —8:48 a.m., Septmeber 18

Façade Repairs

Repairs to the building’s exterior is under way. The result will be a façade that is in compliance with Local Law 11.

     The work is being performed by Castcapa and Sullivan Engineering, whose crews will wear clothing identifying them so you know who is around the building and inside. The crew will be on site from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will strive to avoid noisy work before 9. Our priority is to have the entire project completed before January (the end of the construction season).

     Before starting work, on August 11 Castcapa photographed the interiors of the external walls in about half of all apartments to document the their condition and to allow us to identify any damage caused by the work. The photographer returned on August 26 to document the walls in the twenty-four apartments that were not availabe on her first visit.

     Windows are covered by blue translucent film to prevent dirt and damage. If you damage the film, Castcapa will replace it once.

     Air conditioners are covered by a breathable filter (as in the photo). The filter won’t interfere with the normal use of your A/C. You can expect your units will be covered in active work areas for as long as scaffolds are in place. Once work is complete in an area, Castcapa will remove the filter fabric and plastic protection so that your A/C units and windows can be cleaned.

     Do you have know your way around revenue streams and investing? To repeat the call made at the shareholders’ meeting in June: Residents with financial expertise are still invited to get involved and join a Local Law 11 financing subcommittee.
     Please keep in mind that Castcapa’s workers will not answer residents’ questions about the project, which is Castcapa’s policy. All questions should be addressed to John at Argo, Pedro, or to the board.


Covid-19 Information

As the new variants of Covid-19 come and go, we require all residents and visitors to wear masks in the building’s common areas.

     That means that the Mask Policy in the Pinehurst is still in effect. Everyone still needs to wear masks in common spaces: the lobby, elevator, hallways, basement, gym, laundry room, etc. The policy also covers employees, outside vendors, delivery people, and other visitors.

     If you invite guests into the building it is your responsibility to make sure they are wearing a mask. Please notify Pedro at (646) 372-0092 if you notice any individuals not in compliance.

     If it turns out you have the symptoms of Covid-19, inform John at Argo and notify Pedro 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.

     The updated Covid-19 booster shot is now available and recommended for ages 12 and older at least two months after your last dose. See With the infection rate in the neighborhood still high, don’t take a chance.

     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
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
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If you plan to sublet your apartment, your proposed subtenant needs to complete this document.
Pinehurst 10034_447 fwa sublease_applica[...]
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     The documents you will need for some other puposes are available from different web sites. Here are the most popular:


     The gym is 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
    Allison Hiroto, vice President
    Jennifer Peng, vice President

Contact them at or just say hi in the elevator or at the mailboxes. They will be happy to help you.


New super Pedro Castro is our new superintendent. You can reach him by calling (646) 372-0092 (that’s Bud’s old line) or sending an email to Bud’s email address no longer functions.


     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 by sending them to or one of these addresses: For general questions To reach the super To update your contact details Reaches the webmaster
     You may also call the property manager, John
Duff, at (212) 896-8600, and 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 and Inspections

The state mandates inspections of gas meters and piping to keep you and your neighbors safe. If your meter (it’s probably in your kitchen) has not been inspected, call (800) 643-1289 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. or send an e-mail to

     Alternatively, if yours has in fact been inspected and you’re still being asked to set up a time, take a picture of the inspection sticker and email it to the same address.

     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, Tarshia Champagne, 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.”
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.

     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.

     When you load the machines, it’s easy to feel you need to use more detergent than is necessary. That’s beacause modern cleaning products, including cleaning boosters and fabric softeners, are formulated to require less than in years past. When you put in too much, the washers cannot rinse it all out, leaving chemicals in your clothes—and leaving scents in the washers that your neighbors may not care for. Check the instructions on your detergent, boosters, and fabric softeners, and use only what’s recommended.

     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
Manh Maint Hudson Heigts 2017.pdf
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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. In 2021 we recycled 880 pounds of digital detritus, and since we’ve been enrolled in the city’s e-cycling program, we’ve kept 6,447 pounds of it from landfills.

     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, Pedro 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, Pedro 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 Escalators

You’ll have to take the elevators at the 120-foot-deep 181st Street station if you don’t want to use the stairs. All three escalators are out of service until February so they can be replaced. Why all three at once? Each is powered by the same machine, so when the machine is off, so are the escalators. More than 9,000 people use the station a day, so expect longer elevator lines. The work started in May.

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.


181 Street: Busway
     Increasing commuters’ travel along 181st Street has been a goal of everyone for years, and with the busway plan speeds have increase by 30 percent and more. In summer 2022, the Department of Transportation made permanent its pilot plan to restrict on 181st Street traffic that isn’t a bus, truck, or emergency vehicle—unless you’re turning at the next intersection.

      Traffic is restricted from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Download the department’s presentation to Community Board 12 in July 2022:

181st Street Busway Plan, June 2022
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      A previous review from Department of Transportation’s of 181st Street is here.

Announcement Archive

Weekend picks Do spirits live among us? Go ghost hunting tonight inside Manhattan’s oldest house, in Roger Morris Park. Take in Inwood history tomorrow at the Dyckman Farmhouse, right, which will offer free tours as part of a museum day sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. The People’s Festival on Sunday afternoon welcomes Little Amal, the twelve-foot-tall puppet that represents the suffering of children in Syria. The festival takes place in the Plaza de los Americas, in Lower WaHi —7:16 a.m., Septmeber 16

Uptown Garrison Firefighters put out a blaze in an apartment above Uptown Garrison, the restaurant on 181st, this afternoon. The restaurant did not answer calls, so we don’t know if it was damaged, but it took 78 firefighters to extinguis the blaze. No one was hurt. —3:11 p.m., Septmeber 15


Mosquito spraying Keep your windows closed tonight: To fight spead of West Nile virus, the city will spray for mosquitoes, which carry the disease. The process will start after 8:30 p.m. and end by 6:30 tomorrow morning. You may hear helicopters, but they will dispense insecticide only over parks. Risks to people and pets are low, though if you have a respiratory ailment please stay inside overnight. (In case of bad weather, it will be pushed to Monday.) 7:20 a.m., Septmeber 15


Medieval volunteers Uptown’s biggest festival attracts over 60,000 visitors to the lawns around the Cloisters. The Medieval Festival imagines a celebration in Europe from near a thousand years ago, and it relies of volunteers who make the magic happen. If you’d like to perform at the event on October 2 event, apply here. —7:47 a.m., Septmeber 13


Covid boosters  The updated Covid-19 booster shot is now available and recommended for ages 12 and older at least two months after your last dose. See With the infection rate in the neighborhood still hight, don’t take a chance. —7:51 a.m., Septmeber 12


Mosquito spraying The city will spray Uptown with pesticides to fight the surge in the mosquito-borne West Nile virus starting Thursday night at 8:30 and concluding by 6 Friday morning. (In case of bad weather, it will be pushed to Sept. 19.) Risks to people and pets are low, but you may want to keep your windows closed and stay indoors Thursday night. —10:01 a.m., Septmeber 11

Weekend picks Get your hooks out and crochet today with friends in Highbridge Park. Tomorrow night you can mark the harvest moon, right, at a traditional Japanese festival, held at a Dutch farmhouse in Inwood. An exhibition of soldiers’ photographs closes on Sunday at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park. —7:36 a.m., Septmeber 9

Trash cans With the construction going on, the trash cans are a bit farther away. Please make the extra effort to carry your trash to them and place it inside a bin. When you leave it on the concrete, it’s an invitation to rats to feast. —7:02 a.m., Septmeber 8


Covid increase The bad news is that the seven-day average rate of Covid-19 infection in Hudson Heights and Fort George was at 9.42 percent as of last week, up from 8. 38 percent for the week ending August 12. The good news, if you can call it that, is that the rate is lower than in the surrounding neighborhoods. In Lower WaHi, the rate is 10.02 percent; In Sherman Creek and lower Inwood, it’s 13.79 percent. In the rest of Inwood the rate reached 13.79 percent. Keep yourself safe: If you see someone in the building without a mask, inform Pedro. —7:24 a.m., Septmeber 6


Glass shelves Anyone interested in four glass shelves? Each measures 20 3/4” by 11 1/2”. They were in Rogier’s kitchen on top of other shelves, so he’s not sure how strong they are to hang by themselves. They’re yours for the asking. —8:36 a.m., Septmeber 5


Labor Day  It’s Pedro’s first Labor Day with us, so let’s take the opportunity to thank him for all the work he does for us, around the clock. And if you see a piece of trash lying around this weekend, do him a favor and pick it up. —12:48 p.m., Septmeber 4

Weekend picks Columbia opens its field hockey season this afternoon, hosting Long Island in Inwood. Discover a medieval garden in Fort Tryon Park on Saturday, learning how plants were cultivated for food, medicine, and more. Sunday is your final chance of the summer to get on the Hudson in a kayak, right, with the Inwood Canoe Club. —7:12 a.m., Septmeber 2

Building security In the coming months we will see even more contractors entering the building. They are required to have identification, and most will be wearing vests or shirts with the name of the company they represent. In general, please try to avoid giving access to anyone who does not appear to belong here. If in doubt, suggest that they buzz the apartment the are visiting, or contact their supervisor. And if any problems arise, please call Pedro or Argo rather than attempting to manage the situation yourself.  —7:12 a.m., August 31


Emmy nominee The documentary Coogan’s Way is among six films in the running for a New York Emmy award. Debuting at the Harlem Film Festival in 2021, the documentary tells the story of the famed restaurant in Lower WaHi that became a beacon of the neighborhood until the pandemic led to its closure. There’s no date set for the award winner to be named. —7:03 a.m., August 30


Park reconstruction Today the Parks Department starts two projects in Fort Tryon Park:. The big one is stabilizing the Bennett Avenue rock face, and aksi various pathways will be repaired and upgraded. You can expect some temporary pathway closures and parking changes on Bennett Avenue. More information is on NYC Parks’ Capital Projects Tracker. —6:58 a.m., August 29


$1 million ticket Did you buy the Mega Millions lottery ticket worth a million? Someone made the purchase at the Broadway Newsstand, near Dyckman Street, nearly a year ago. If it’s yours, you have until September 28 to claim your cash. —8:42 a.m., August 28

Weekend picks Today is Hudson Heights Henge, when the sun’s journey across the sky parallels the streets in the neighborhood. Go out at sunset and take a look. Tomorrow you can test your geological trivia knowledge on a hike through Inwood Hill Park with the Urban Park Rangers. And on Sunday afternoon, the Isadora Duncan Dance Company, right, returns to Fort Tryon Park for a free performance al fresco. —8:10 a.m., August 26

Shed construction Any day now Castcapa will install the shed and electrical connection in the back courtyard, a two-day project. While they’re working, the entrance to the back courtyard will be restricted. Garbage cans will be moved to the alley on the north side. Once the installation is complete, garbage cans will return to their usual place.

      And for those of you who still need photos taken of your walls, Castcapa’s photographer will be here tomorrow between 10 and 2. If you won’t be home and haven’t given approval to John for Pedro to escort the photographer into your apartment, do so today! Without Castcapa’s photos, you may relinquish any claim of damage to your walls. —7:23 a.m., August 25


Baseball & brew It’s a hit! Brewed in Inwood, Dyckman Pilsner beer is now among the selection at Yankee Stadium, where you can purchase a can at concession stands outside sections 227 and 236. —7:11 a.m., August 24


Election day Our second primary lets you choose candidates for the state Senate and the U.S. House. You can find the candidates here. Pinehurst residents vote at Fort Washington Collegiate Church. Enter on 181st at Col. Robt. McGaw Place. Polls are open until 9 p.m. —7:13 a.m., August 23


Construction update Today Castcapa will begin bringing equipment to store in the central courtyard. The area is currently off limits to residents and will remain so. —7:17 a.m., August 22


Photo shoots Thanks to everyone who let Castcapa and Pedro into your apartment last week to photograph your exterior walls. That visual record is how we protect you against potential damage to your home caused by the façade work, but we still need residents in 24 apartments to grant access. Castcapa will be here Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to conclude the photography, and we need to know if you will be home or, if not, whether you will grant access to Pedro. Please email him and John with your intentions. —6:53 a.m., August 20

Weekend picks Today is your last chance this summer to stroll an Uptown city street without traffic. Choose nay of the three Open Streets in Lower WaHi and Sherman Creek and find out how a New York block can be peaceful when there aren’t any cars. Discover joyful noises over the weekend at Jazz at the Mansion, which opens tomorrow in Roger Morris Park. Take a stroll through Manhattan’s only untouched forest on Sunday to discover the bedrock that makes the city a perfect spot for skyscrapers. —7:09 a.m., August 19

Covid rate The good news is that the proportion of positive tests in Hudson Heights and Fort George dropped to 8.38% for the week ending August 12. It’s even better when compared to Inwood’s rate of 14.99% and Lower WaHi’s 12.75%, and when you realize it’t the lowest rate for our ZIP Code this summer. But as recently as May our rate was 7.98%, so keep those masks on and remain vigilant. We’re not out of the woods yet. —7:34 a.m., August 17


3-line water To repair a resident’s water issue in the 3-line, a plumber will have the water shut off to toilets in the front hallway of all 3-line apartments today between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please be aware that your toilet tank will not refill after flushing it until after 1 o’clock. —7:41 a.m., August 16

Spotted lanternfly The invasive insect species, right, can devastate crops like grapes and apples, harm trees, and make it unpleasant to sit outside. This year they have embarked on their most robust metropolitan-area invasion since their first appearance here in 2020. New Yorkers are under scientists’ orders to kill without mercy, so please do your part. If you spot one, dispatch it right away. —7:22 a.m., August 15

Pedro’s phone You can reach Pedro by calling (646) 372-0092 (that’s Bud’s old line) or sending an email to Bud’s email address no longer functions. —12:57 p.m., August 14

Weekend picks Pass some time crocheting, right, with neighbors in Highbridge Park this afternoon. Learn the basics of classical dance from India tomorrow in a private garden in Inwood. Enjoy a humorous take on music when an Argentine ensemble performs on homemade instruments Sunday night in Lower WaHi. —7:16 a.m., August 12

3-line toilets To repair a resident’s water issue in the 3-line, a plumber will have the water shut off to toilets in the front hallway of all 3-line apartments on Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please be aware that your toilet tank will not refill after flushing it until after 1 o’clock. —7:16 a.m., August 11


Wall photography Remember that tomorrow Castcapa will visit each apartment between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to photograph exterior walls. It is essential that your apartment is photographed to prove the condition of the unit before construction. If you won’t be home, please email John stating that you give Pedro permission to escort the contractors into your aparment. —7:50 a.m., August 10


Inwood housing The push for new apartments at affordable prices in Inwood was dealt another setback last week. The Board of Standards and Appeals rejected plans for a nine-story building on Cumming Street after neighborhood residents and a tenants’ group voiced its displeasure at the building’s height, among other issues. Inwood residents have fought against new affordable housing projects for years, but this one has four months to make revisions. —8:22 a.m., August 9


Vin Scully He was famous for calling the Dodgers’ games, starting when dem bums were still in Brooklyn. He died on Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, aged 94. But before moving out west, Scully lived nearby — in Hudson Heights. His last known New York address was 869 West 180th Street, which is a block behind us between Pinehurst Avenue and Cabrini Boulevard. —9:29 a.m., August 7

Weekend picks Take in an outdoor concert by a French jazz harmonicist, right, on the lawn of a Dutch farmhouse in Inwood. Tomorrow the annual Stan Michels Memorial Jazz Concert presents its repertiore of musicians in Fort Tryon Park in honor of the late neighborhood activist. If jazz isn’t your thing, get out on the Hudson on Sunday as you try your hand at kayaking. —7:07 a.m., August 5

Apartment photos Next Thursday, August 11, the vendor doing façade work will visit each apartment between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to photograph exterior walls. It is essential that your apartment is photographed to prove the condition of the unit before construction. If you won’t be home, please email John stating that you give Pedro permission to escort the contractors into your aparment. —6:59 a.m., August 4


181st busway Closing a lane of 181st Street to regular traffic has increased bus speeds by more than 30 percent, pleasing riders. And while the limits to cars don’t please drivers, pedestrians and business owners on the thoroughfare like the reduced traffic. The limits are in place from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., but will be shortened to end at 8 p.m. —7:11 a.m., August 2


Hydrant sprays When it’s hot, kids like to open fire hydrants to cool off. But opening a hydrant without a spray cap is wasteful, dangerous, and illegal. That’s because if lowers water pressure and puts lives at risk if a fire breaks out. Children can also be at risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can cause serious injury. Call 311 to report open hydrants. Or just get a legal spray cap, free of charge, at any firehouse. You must be at least 18. —7:59 a.m., August 1


Rent rates Renting is different from owning, but rent is a proxy for the value of homes for sale. The average Manhattan rent has topped $5,000 a month for the first time, according to Douglas Elliman, and a study by Zumper (not a typo) shows that rent in June jumped 40% compared to June 2021. But the city with the most expensive rent? See if you guessed right. —2:42 p.m., July 31

Stoop sale Come find a new treasure or discover the item you didn’t know you couldn’t live without. It’s our stoop sale, and you’ll run into it at the entrance to the building. Your neighbors will be there today from 10 to 2, so stop by and help them out. You never know, you may come across just what you’ve been looking for but couldn’t find anyplace else. —7:26 a.m., July 30

Weekend picks One of Eddie Murphy’s classics, Coming to America, will be screened outdoors tonight in Haven Plaza for free. An indigenous peoples’ drum circle, right, honors the heritage of the original inhabitants of the Hudson Valley. The ceremony tomorrow takes place on an old Dutch farm in Inwood. Close out the weekend, and the month, with a concert of contemporary classics performed on cello and piano in Inwood. —7:29 a.m., July 29

Covid increase As of the end of last week, the Covid-19 positivity rate in Hudson Heights and Fort George increased dramatically: 14.01 percent. At the end of June it was only 9.83 percent, a jump of more than 42 percent.. Our rate is a bit higher than Lower WaHi’s, 13.81 percent, and is a wash with the rate in Fort George and Sherman Creek: 14.02. Stay cautious.  —8:56 a.m., July 27


Lego hotel The next time you have more friends visiting than you have sofa space, invite them to stay at the Radio Hotel. If it looks like it’s built of Lego, that’s because it’s a funky building with podcast booths in the lobby. The 261-room hotel also has underground parking available to the public, on Amsterdam Avenue and 181st Street. —7:41 a.m., July 26


Severe storm The city is warning of severe thunderstorms this afternoon. We can expect strong winds, heavy rain, and hail. The winds can cause flying debris and power outages, so charge your cell phones and set your fridge and freezer to a cooler temperature. —1:47 p.m., July 25


Welcome, Pedro! Stop by the courtyard this morning between 11 and 11:15 to introduce yourself to our new super. His email is —9:29 a.m., July 24

Stoop sale Unpack those closets and unclog your storage cage when you part with treasures that are old but no longer useful. We’re holding a stoop sale in the courtyard on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and browse or sign up to sell by emailing Jen and Tim at their gmail accounts: jpeng5@ or timothymulay@. We hope to see you there! —8:37 a.m., July 24
New location With the building by Lafayette Plaza holding a public sale tomorrow, we’re moving ours to the sidewalk. You won’t be able to miss us on your way out. —2:35 p.m., July 29


Parkway closure To accommodate the NYC Triathlon tomorrow, northbound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway to Mosholu Parkway will be closed intermittently between 4:50 a.m. and 2 p.m. Allow extra travel time and plan alternative routes. —3:17 p.m., July 23

The upper deck of the Henry Hudson Bridge is up to traffic to the Bronx. Also, the races will be shortened today because of the heat, so the streets will re-open sooner. —7:14 a.m., July 24

Weekend picks Discover New York’s original night life on a campout tonight in Fort Tryon Park. Take some midnight snacks and a ghost story or two. Postponed: the Latin and Iberian culture on Saturday, right, at a festival on Audubon Terrace (it will be rescheduled after the heat wave). Try yoga at Manhattan’s only remaining farmhouse on Sunday, in Inwood. —8:19 a.m., July 22

Pedro’s email To reach Pedro by email, send your message to Bud’s email address will cease to function after Friday. —8:21 a.m., July 20


Welcome, Pedro! Our new superintendent is settling in. When you see Pedro Castro, please introduce yourself and tell him something about you. He has a lot of new faces to learn, and a big key ring to figure out. —7:16 a.m., July 19


Missing package Did you notice a package from Liberte Leather in the package room? Sara says she was notified that it was delivered last week but can’t find it. If you know its whereabouts, please contact her. —7:53 a.m., July 18


Restaurant week(s) You have two fortnights to take advantage of summer’s restaurant week, which features a record number of Uptown eateries. The closest is Terravita, on Broadway between 177th and 178th Streets. $30, $45, or $60 for a prix-fixe lunch or dinner. —7:10 a.m., July 17

Weekend picks Enjoy seasonal mocktails concocted from fresh ingredients grown in an Uptown farmhouse garden tonight in Inwood. Speaking of gardening, pick up some Hudson Valley produce at the Inwood farmers’ market tomorrow morning. On Sunday you can step back in time on a tour of Hudson Heights that tells the story of German Jewish immigrants, right, a century ago. —7:56 a.m., July 15

Stoop sale Unpack those closets and unclog your storage cage when you part with treasures that are old but no longer useful. We’re holding a stoop sale in the courtyard on the 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and browse or sign up to sell by emailing Jen and Tim at their gmail accounts: jpeng5@ or timothymulay@. We hope to see you there! —7:45 a.m., July 13

Co-op prices In the first half of the year, the average co-op apartment in Manhattan sold for $1.245 million, according to a study by Compass real estate. The total volume of all apartment sales in Manhattan was $15.6 billion, the hightest in a decade. —7:28 a.m., July 12


Big box Sometimes you want to think outside the box, sometimes you want to think inside the box. Jennifer is looking for one big enough for a toddler to step in for imaginitive play. If you have one, or get one soon, please let her know. —7:57 a.m., July 11


Rockets’ red glare The Fourth of July was a week ago, but fireworks noise continues. When you hear it, call 311 to make a report. The police are outnumbered and are unlikely to stop the malefactors, but registering your complaint helps: resources follow 311 calls. —7:49 a.m., July 10

Weekend picks Step back in time on a tour of a medieval garden to find out how people in the Middle Ages used plants as food, medicine, and decoration. This afternoon in Fort Tryon Park. You and your kids can make your own ice cream from Colonial American recipes, right, tomorrow in Roger Morris Park. Spend Sunday afternoon listening to poets and jazz musicians performing in Fort Tryon Park. —7:58 a.m., July 8

Glass trash Throwing away a pane of glass? A broken glass bottle? Please put it in a container that will hold it, and if the container hides what’s inside, label it as glass (or broken glass). You’ll keep everyone safer, and reduce the chance someone will unknowingly smash it and create a mess—and a dangerous one at that. —8:27 a.m., July 7


Parking rules Alternate Side Parking regulations for street cleaning resume to pre-pandemic frequency today. It may be a chore for car owners, but the result will be the return of street cleaning machines. For more information, visit the Sanitation site. —7:02 a.m., July 5


Park grilling Looking for a place to light up a grill? This map shows the safe spots in Fort Washington Park to cook some hot dogs and barbecue some burgers as you celecbrate the Fourt.

Grilling on the Pinehurst’s balconies and fire escapes is prohibited by law — not to mention common sense. —6:08 a.m., July 4


Open streets We have three stretches of Uptown streets closed off during the days this summer. Find out what it sounds like to have no cars zooming by and honking to get pedestrians out of the way! Starting Tuesday, kids can play and anyone can bike ride with nothing to dodge but neighbors.

   Lower WaHi 159th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

                               164th Street between Amsterdam and Edgecomb Avenues

   Sherman Creek Academy Street between Broadway and Vermilyea Avenue

Mondays through Fridays from 8 to 5 until August 19. —7:26 a.m., July 3

Weekend picks The Highbridge Park pool is finally open! Get out and enjoy the water in a pool almost as long as a football field. Take a bottle of water and sunscreen too. On Saturday you can take a tour of the medieval gardens at the Cloisters, discovering the herbs and medicines they cultivated. Then on Sunday get on the Hudson in a kayak for a chance to try your hand at paddling. —7:26 a.m., July 1

Infection rate The good news is that in Fort George and Hudson Heights the Covid-19 infection rate was 9.83 percent for the week ending Saturday, which is lower than Sherman Creek (11.11 percent) and Inwood (12.56 percent). The bad news is it’s higher than Lower WaHi (8.24 percent), and higher than a month ago, when it was 7.96 percent. Get your kids under 5 vaccinated, and wear a mask! —8:25 a.m., June 29


Election day Plenty of races will be decided in today’s primary election. Note that our polling place has changed: It’s now at the Armory; enter on Fort Washington Avenue at 169th Street. (Formerly it was at Holyrood Church.) Polls are open until 9 p.m. —7:36 a.m., June 28


Bursting in air The Fourth of July isn’t for another week, but the noise of fireworks is underway. They’re illegal to set off in the city because they’re dangerous, not to mention an earsore. When you hear them, call 311 to make a report. The police are outnumbered and are unlikely to stop the malefactors, but registering your complaint helps: resources follow 311 calls. —8:21 a.m., June 26

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