Residents’ Information

Weekend picks Kids discover inspirations for poetry on a walk through Fort Tryon Park this afternoon. Tomorrow morning the Leadlights Ensemble plays an outdoor concert on the Billings Lawn. Sit back and listen to a radio-style noir thriller on Sunday night. —8:16 a.m., May 14

Garden help A big thanks to littlest green thumbs in the building for their hard work and expertise at sprucing up our plantings! The backyard now looks even more like home. We appreciate the parents’ willing oversight too. And thanks to Jessica for organizing the day’s activities! —7:31 a.m., May 13

 

Healthcare Heroes To honor the staff of New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia Medical Center, the city will rename the stretch of 168th Street between Broadway and Fort Washington as Healthcare Heroes Way. The ceremony takes place Friday at noon on the Broadway. —7:57 a.m., May 12

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

 

Dandelion dance Released to coincide with this year’s crop, Dandelion features Daniel Gwirtzman’s interpratation of the cycle of the resilient plant. He was fascinated by it last spring when the dance troupe founder was isolated in the woods Upstate at the beginning of the pandemic. The film premiers in the Green Space festival next week; watch a trailer here. —7:46 a.m., May 10

 

Mother’s Day Our best wishes to all the Pinehurst moms! Mark the day with your family on a stroll through Fort Tryon Park, the 67-acre gem of a greenspace that celebrated its 85th birthday in the pandemic year. Here’s a film to celebrate the park, and to honor a famous Uptown mom’s contribution to the park: Dr. Ruth. —8:37 a.m., May 9

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Covid-19 Information

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

     Follow updates on the vaccine’s availability on the Twitter feed of TurboxVax.

     Yeshiva has the vaccine and it’s available for anyone 50 and older at walk-up appointments. Walk over to the campus at 2495 Amsterdam Avenue at 184th Street in Fort George, Sundays through Thursdays from 9 to 7 and Fridays from 9 to 5.

     Columbia/Presbyterian hosts a vaccination site at the Fort Washington Armory, which is limited to New York City residents. Make your appointment here or call the bilingual phone line for Uptown seniors book their slots: (646) 838-0319, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

     Pharmacies have the vaccine too. All of these Uptown spots are giving the Moderna vaccine:

  Lower WaHi Rite Aid, 1033 St. Nicholas Avenue at 161st Street

                              Rite Aid, 4188 Broadway, between 177th and 178th Streets

  Fort George  Rite Aid, 1510 St. Nicholas Avenue, between 185th and 186th Streets

  Inwood  Walgreens/Duane Reade, 133 Dyckman Street

                    Rite Aid, 4910 Broadway, near 207th Street

Click on the pharmacy name to schedule your appointment.

     Can’t get out of the house? Homebound vaccinations have resumed with limited capacity using the Moderna vaccine. Visit nyc.gov/homebound or call (877) 829-4692.

     The state’s plan to distribute the vaccine is posted here.

Mural thanking nurses near Columbia/ Presbyterian, by M. Tony Peralta.

     If you have Covid-19 symptoms or think you’ve been exposed, don’t wait, separate. Call (212) COVID19 to get connected to a free hotel room.

     You can get Covid test results within 24 hours, and sometimes on the same day, at COVID Express in Lower WaHi at 600 West 168th Street. Testing is free and available by appointment only,

     You can now find out if you have developed antibodies that protect you from Covid-19 at a testing site in Lower WaHi, at Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics, on 165th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The appointment is free.

     • Please limit passengers in the elevator to one family at a time and limit laundry room usage to one person at a time (details below, under Laundry Room).

     • 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.

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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Sublet
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:


Gym

     The gym is closed during the pandemic.

 

Pets

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

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 board@thepinehurst.org or one of these addresses:
    
board@thepinehurst.org For general questions
    
bud@thepinehurst.org To reach Bud
    
secretary@thepinehurst.org Is where to send your updated contact details
    
web@thepinehurst.org Reaches the webmaster
     You can also call John at
Argo at (212) 896-8600 or, if you prefer paper, 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.

 

Electronics Recycling and Disposal

     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.

     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

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 ConEd.com/GasInspectionManhattan.

     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 thepinehurst.org 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 web@thepinehurst.org, 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 447fwa@thepinehurst.org.

     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 secretary@thepinehurst.org 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.

 

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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     During the pandemic, the laundry room is open 24 hours a day except for cleaning between 9 and 9:30 a.m. and 3 and 3:30 p.m.

     We ask you to limit its use to one person at a time and to take your clean laundry back to your apartment to fold so the next person can get in sooner. While your laundry is washing or drying, leave your number on the white board, below, so if you forget your clothes the next person knows who to remind.

Help get the next laundry customer started sooner.
     Para mantenernos a todos sanos, implementamos algunos procedimientos nuevos ayer para usar la lavandería.
    Tengamos solo una persona en la habitación a la vez; Si sale de la habitación mientras lava o seca la ropa, escriba su número de teléfono en la pizarra para que la próxima persona que tenga ropa que limpiar pueda llamarlo cuando termine la suya.
     Cuando la ropa esté lista, llévela a su departamento para doblarla.
     Abrimos las instalaciones de lavandería las 24 horas, excepto cuando la habitación se limpia por las mañanas de 9 a 9:30 y por las tardes de 3 a 3:30.

Our laundry facilities are open to residents between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. You can refill your card in the laundry room.
     Hercules maintains the laundry machines, both the washers and dryers. With our dryers, to add five minutes you must do so when at least five minutes remain in the cycle. If there is less time, you will be given 30 minutes and charged for a full cycle.
     If a machine is malfunctioning, please call Hercules at (800) 526-5760 to inform them so they may repair it. Alternatively, you may send an
e-mail to service@hercnet.com, explaining the problem and asking for a refund if you lost money. Hercules will need to know:
    BUILDING NAME Pinehurst
    BUILDING ADDRESS 447 Fort Washington Avenue
    BUILDING LOCATION Manhattan
    LAUNDRY ROOM LOCATION Basement; super required for access
    MACHINE MALFUNCTIONING Take note of the number on the machine, and if you’re asking for a refund, include your apartment number

 

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
Manh Maint Hudson Heigts 2017.pdf
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Manhattan Maintenance Fees, 2012
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Noise

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

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

     In late 2020 a group of Uptowners formed a task force on noise. The idea came up at a meeting of Community Board 12, which may end up working with the group.

 

NYC Notify

The city has a way to keep you informed of emergency information as well as less-critical topics like parking changes. Sign up to receive notifications by e-mail, text, or phone messages. To stay informed, click here: https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/

 

Recycling

The Pinehurst is committed to recycling in accordance with New York City's goals. Most paper and plastic (but not all), glass and metal are recyclable in our bins in the garbage area.
     Compact fluorescent light bulbs require special recycling because their contents are hazardous. Also known as CFL’s, these bulbs are typically curly in shape. 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 June. In the meantime, 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:
     PROPERTY CODE RX7N991 
     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 Get outside today and work on the Uptown scavenger hunt for Jane’s Walk. It ends Sunday! Help clean up trash in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday or clear weeds in Fort Tryon Park. Then relax on Sunday afternoon with a performance of the Jazz Power Initiative, right, streaming to your laptop. —7:33  a.m.,  May 7

 

Director’s seat Have you ever wanted to direct? You won’t meet stars of stage or screen in this job, but running the business that runs our home is an important task. If you’d like to be on the ballot at our annual meeting in June, visit with a board member or contact John. —6:42  a.m.,  May 5

Covid hospitalizations More good news: the proportion of our neighbors in hospitals for Covid treatment is the lowest of Upper Manhattan. In fact, you have to go the Upper West Side in the 80s or to Yorkville to find fewer than the 38 patients per 100,000 population in Fort George and Hudson Heights. And on Friday, Gov. Cuomo rescinded our Yellow Zone order. —8:09  a.m.,  May 4

 

Uptown aid Four organizations have requested a total of $11.5 million from Congress: the Action for the Retired Community XVI, Yeshiva’s Weissberg Commons, Community League of the Heights’ food pantry, and the Columbia Covid-19 Mental Wellness Corps. More here. —8:09  a.m.,  May 3

 

Library reopens The Washington Heights Library will open again. The NYPL branch in Lower WaHi ends its literary isolation next Monday, when its hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Sunday. The Fort Washington branch, in Fort George, remains closed. —8:38  a.m.,  May 2

Weekend picks The garlic mustard plant invades New York each summer, siphoning water and other resources from native species. Help dig them out of Spuyten Dyvil Creek this morning. Support the Hudson Cliffs School P.S./I.S. 187 at its activities fair on Saturday, right, which will feature booths from a number of Uptown groups and artisans. A kids’ baseball league continues the spring season on the Dyckman Fields Sunday morning. —7:57  a.m.,  April 30

Greenway expansion The goal of a pedestrian path all the way around the island is getting closer. The next path sections will include one from Sherman Creek to the University Heights Bridge, at 207th Street. —8:07  a.m.,  April 28

 

Covid decrease Those shots seem to be working. Fort George and Hudson Heights now have the lowest infection rate Uptown: only 2.04 percent of residents in 10033 tested positive in the week ending Friday. You have to go to down to Morningside Heights, where the infection rate is 1.37 percent, to find a lower number. Keep those masks on! —7:25  a.m.,  April 27

Arts Stroll The nineteenth annual uptown event starts at the end of May, and the group has just chosen Marta Blair’s design, right, as its post. Born in Medellin, Colombia, Blair moved here in 1997. She holds two fine arts degrees and has worked in visual arts and textile design over the last twenty years. Blair has lived Uptown for a couplr of decades ans has been part of Cornerstone Studios since 2015. Once the Arts Stroll schedule is posted, we’ll add it to our Events Calendar. —8:00  a.m.,  April 26

 

Bus lane Starting tomorrow, buses an 181st Street will face less traffic between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue when cars will be banned. The goal is to get buses moving faster than the current 4 mph average, helping 66,000 daily riders get to their destinations faster, including the 1 and A Trains. If you drive east on 181st, look for alternative routes. —9:54  a.m.,  April 25

Earth Day outings Happy Earth Day weekend! The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra has set up somewhere in Fort Tryon Park … and they aren’t saying where. You have until 5 to find them. Or show your mother you love her by taking this quiz to find out how much you know about home. It’s part of Columbia’s state of the planet series. To prep youself you could watch a new video from the Fort Tryon Park Trust. —2::31  p.m.,  April 24

Weekend picks The Scandia Symphony returns, albeit online, for a performance of music from Scandinavia this afternoon. Mark Earth Day with your kids tomorrow during a virtual workshop to help pollinating insects by planting the flowers they prefer. On Sunday you can roll up your sleeve—to donate blood, which is in very short supply right now. There’s also a march against anti-Asian violence that starts at Mitchel Square on Sunday at noon. —8:13 a.m., April 23

Happy birthday! It was thirty-six years ago today that the 447 Fort Washington Owners’ Corp. came into existence. We’ve come a long way since 1985. Anyone bake a cake? —7:47 a.m., April 22

 

Street envy Where would you guess is the street with the city’s most-sought homes? SoHo? Sutton Place? Brooklyn Heights? Nope: Lower WaHi. According to The Post, Sylvan Terrace, the block of 20 three-story townhomes, has more street cred than anywhere in the five boroughs. But if the price is too dear, the best deal in WaHi is a $125,000 two-bedroom. Cash only. —8:02 a.m., April 21

Bicycle adventures With the addition of three dozen Citi Bikes stations in Upper Manhattan, someone had a sweet spot for us. Just steps away from our front door is a stand with regular and electric bikes, as the Citi Bikes map shows, right, but we’re still waiting for the bikes. There’s a new stand at Plaza Lafayette with bikes, the one at Bennett Park is still available, and Fort George now has several stations, with more planned for the summer. For some riding ideas, here’s a description of routes riders enjoy around the neighborhood. You should probably stay away from the mountain bike trails in Highbridge Park, though, since these are, after all, city bikes. —7:45 a.m., April 20

Vaccine at Yeshiva There’a one less reason to postpone getting your shot. Yeshiva has the vaccine and it’s available for anyone 50 and older at walk-up appointments. Walk over to the campus at 2495 Amsterdam Avenue at 184th Street in Fort George, Sundays through Thursdays from 9 to 7 and Fridays from 9 to 5. —4:33 p.m., April 19

 

Culture Streets II The city made an adjustment to its Open Culture street locations. Instead of two in Inwood, there’s now one in Inwood and one in Hudson Heights. It’s Bennett Street, between 181st and 187th Streets. The two on Jumel Terrace remain. More info here. —8:07 a.m., April 19

 

Hudson Heights Henge Today’s the day when the sun aligns with the (nominally) east-west streets in Hudson Heights. If you missed the dawn, head out for sunsent to see the light fall straight down one of our streets leading to the river. —8:29 a.m., April 18

Weekend picks A Hudson Heights dancer’s film, right, makes its debut in a festival in Nepal this morning; you can skip the jet lag and watch a trailer. Hear an author of ancestral stories discuss her book tomorrow afternoon online. Or get out of the house and hike across the Henry Hudson Bridge to the Bronx with the Urban Park Rangers. Wear comfy shoes, and don’t forget your mask. —8:21 a.m., April 16

Neighborhood drains The pandemic year saw an exodus of urban residents across the country. In New York, the spots with the biggest population decreases were Midtown, Lower Manhattan, and Northern Brooklyn. Uptown felt the pain too, though Hudson Heights and Fort George saw the smallest net loss, of 1,626 people, or 11 in 1,000 residents. By comparison, Inwood and Lower WaHi lost 15 per 1,000 residents, and Sherman Creek and Upper Fort George lost 19 per 1,000. The biggest gainer? Sacramento. Read the details here —8:02 a.m., April 14

 

Top playground Bennett Park is sure convenient but the Javits Playground at Margaret Corbin Circle gets a rave from Curbed. Thanks to its view, the online real estate site includes it in its list of the eleven best playgrounds in town (and one of the six best in Manhattan). —8:45 a.m., April 13

 

Inwood properties Ready to move into more space? The Hurst Mansion in Inwood is on the market for $2.2 million. Built in 1912 for the president of the New York Stock Telegraph Co., the home’s fifty thousand square feet has plenty of rooms for a family with several children, as William Hurst had. In the 1970s it was sold to the Seventh-Day Adventists, fell into disrepair and was bricked up. You’ll need a good contractor. At the Columbia Athletic Field, the university filed a permit to build a new indoor tennis center, possibly replacing the current one. —7:57 a.m., April 12

 

Package security If you find that one of your packages has gone missing, we suggest you take these steps so we can help you track it down. First, confirm with the delivery service that your package arrived. Then file a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311. Next, inform John at Argo, who will arrange to have the surveillance video saved for the police. More details below, under Delivery Security and Package Pirates. —9:23 a.m., April 11

Weekend picks Tonight you can discover the history of Manhattan’s only untouched forest, Inwood Hill Park, where, the story goes, the island changed hands at Shorakkopoch Rock. Help clean up graffiti along Fort Washington Avenue in Lower WaHi tomorrow. Listen to a performance by the WaHi Chamber Orchestra’s concert master, right, on Sunday night when he plays music from twentieth-century composers. —7:52 a.m., April 9

Vaccination rate Good news: More than 35 percent of Upper Manhattan residents have now had at least one shot in their anti-Covid-19 doses, and 24 percent are fully vaccinated. In our ZIP code, covering Fort George and Hudson Heights, the figures are slightly better: 36 percent with one dose and 25 percent with both. Those results may be one reason the infection rate continues its slow decline, at an average of 5.56 percent for the three ZIP codes in Uptown. And 10033 looks healthier, with an infection rate of 4.53 percent, down by nearly half from the final week of December, when  7.98 percent of residents tested positive. Scroll down for vaccine locations! —8:12 a.m., April 8

Resting soles Do you have more shoes then you have space? Nothing to be ashamed of: you’re a New Yorker. Shoes matter. Melanie is giving away an aluminum shoe rack, the one in the photo.  It adjusts from 24 inches wide (shown) to 44 inches. —7:59 a.m., April 7

 

16 and older Most teens are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine today in any of the places listed below the comments box. Note 16- and 17-year-old must take the Pfizer vaccine. —7:53 a.m., April 6

Edgeworthia, hellebores They’re in bloom in Fort Tryon Park, along with corylopsis, magnolias and of course pansies. Do you enjoy your walks through the park? Join others in requesting more help to keep the park clean by signing your name to this letter. —8:07 a.m., April 5

 

Happy Easter Our best wishes on this holy day. —9:14 a.m., April 4

Weekend picks Get active and incrase your flexibility and balance with an at-home dance class this morning led by Hudson Heights’ own Daniel Gwirtzman. Kids who like to draw are invited to join a virtual art class on Saturday, using supplies you already have at home. Would you know what to do if you were lost in the woods with no GPS? On Sunday the Urban Park Rangers will teach you the basics of orienteering, right, so you can figure out which way is north no matter which subway stop you emerge from. —8:22 a.m., April 2

Get the shot Starting today any New Yorker who’s at least 30 years old can get the Covid-19 vaccine. We need more people who are protected so we can slow the spread of the coronavirus! Scroll down to Covid-19 Information for a list of places to get vaccinated. —7:39 a.m., March 30

 

Vaccination rate Safety keeps looking up in Uptown. As as yesterday, 30 percent of residents in the Hudson Heights and Fort George ZIP code had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 19 percent were fully vaccinated. Those figures are up from 25.5 percent and 12 percent just two weeks ago, but there’s still a long way to go. Sign up for your shot! Appointment info below, under the Comments bar. —8:48 a.m., March 29

E-cycle recycling Congratulations to everyone who recycled their used electronics: you saved 1,020 pounds of printers, monitors, keyboards, cables and more from the dump last year. Since we’ve been enrolled in the city’s e-cycling program, we’ve kept 5,667 pounds of digital detritus from landfills. Have a satellite receiver or game board you no longer use? See the info under Electronics Recyling, below. —2:18 p.m., March 28

Happy Passover Our best wishes for a joyful and delicious meal. —8:04 a.m., March 27

 

Weekend picks The Hispanic Society hosts an online story time this afternoon, in both Spanish and English. Take binoculars on a (socially distanced) hike on Saturday to watch the spring migration of birds in Inwood Hill Park. Close the weekend with a special chamber music concert on Sunday night. —8:22 a.m., March 26

 

GWB delay Due to a vehicle collision, expect extensive traffic delays on the George Washington Bridge. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —7:09 a.m., March 26

Welcome to LiDoRep Have you used Google to map our neighborhood lately? Turns out the area has a new name. Hudson Heights is still there, appearing over Bennett Park, and Fort George makes an appearance too, though rather northeast of its actual location. How do the names get chosen — and located? The secretive web giant doesn’t answer residents’ questions, and cartographers aren’t so sure that crowd-sourcing maps is the way to go. For what it’s worth, Mapquest uses neither Little Dominican Republic nor Hudson Heights, and Apple doesn’t even try: it names no neighborhoods. —8:05 a.m., March 25

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

 

Historic Holyrood The Episcopal church just down the street from us may become a landmark. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission will livestream a hearing at 9:30 this morning to consider whether the church and its Gothic revival style should get special status. It was built by Bannister & Schell for the congregation, which was founded in 1893. —7:57 a.m., March 23

 

Mac madness Which NCAA men’s basketball team has the longest winning streak? The Maccabees of Yeshiva University. The Fort George team has played 36 games without a loss — the last time they didn’t win was in November 2019 — but they won’t play in the championship because the pandemic canceled the NCAA Division III tournament. —9:54 a.m., March 22

 

Spring arrives With the changing of the season, take a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Need help? Ask Bud. —9:21 a.m., March 21

Weekend picks Let your kids get their creativity flowing by combining their finds in the wilds of Fort Tryon Park with a class in poetry this afternoon. What will they come up with? Tomorrow you can take a tour of Fort Tryon Park that identifies the ways New Yorkers have left their footprints in the park, right. Did you know it has 52 staircases? The UP Theater company returns on Sunday night with a staged — and filmed — version of a new play, Moderation. Watch from home online. —8:15 a.m., March 19

Neighborly kudos Did you ever wonder who found the historic photos of the Pinehurst on our site? Send warm wishes to Mel, who last month said goodbye to a career improving the archives of the New York Public Library. Over four decades she made the archives easier to access and broadened their inclusivity.  —9:02 a.m., March 18

 

Vaccine expansion Starting today, you may be eligible for the vaccine regardless of your age if your job has you “facing” the public and you work for a non-profit, in building services, or for the government. There’s more good news: From tomorrow through Sunday you can get the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Inwood Academy for Leadership Middle School, at 403 West 204th Street, at St. Jude’s Church, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Register here. —7:29 a.m., March 17

 

Missing package Rogier can’t find one that FedEx says it delivered yesterday around 1 p.m. There’s a note on whiteboard but nothing in the storage space. —7:26 a.m., March 17

 

Culture streets Theater, music, comedy, and dance acts can now take precedence over cars and delivery trucks on Open Culture Streets in Lower WaHi and Inwood. The program lets cultual institutions and enetertainment venues to apply for a permit to close a street and use it for performances. —8:28 a.m., March 16

 

Vaccination rate Keep rolling up those sleeves! Fort George and Hudson Heights now have 12 percent of residents fully vaccinated, and 24.59 with at least one shot (of the two-shot varieties). Only Lower WaHi has a better set of rates in Uptown. On top of that, the infection rate in our Zip code is mercifully lower, at 4.53 percent, the lowest in Uptown except for Lower WaHi (again). And in more good news, the mayor says more vaccine sites are coming our way—7:57 a.m., March 15

 

Spring ahead Feeling behind? Daylight saving started this morning so if you haven’t adjusted your analog clocks and watches, move them ahead an hour. —8:54 a.m., March 14

Weekend picks Let your child discover the creativity that abounds in nature with a writing class that meets (weather permitting) in Fort Tryon Park this afternoon. Budding artists can join the Cloisters’ online sketching workshop tomorrow after lunch. Sunday marks a sad day: the first anniversary of Covid-19 claiming the life of a New York for the first time. Join an online memorial for Uptown residents on Sunday afternoon. —6:56 a.m., March 12

Coogan’s Way? The reknowned restaurant closed in April but the legend lives on. A group of Uptowners started an online petition to rename the corner of Broadway and 169th Street as Coogan’s Way. As of this morning, it has 896 signatures. —8:25 a.m., March 9

 

Ikea meatballs Your neighbor Jennifer has a special craving for Swedish meatballs. If you’re  stopping by an Ikea soon, she would be extra appreciative if you’d pick up two or three bags of their traditional frozen meatballs & packets of cream sauce. She’ll pay you back! —4:14 p.m., March 8

 

Brood X Sounds like a scary movie but it’s just a bunch of bugs. To be specific: millions of red-eyed cicadas will emerge from their seventeen-year gestation in a few months, once the ground reaches 64 degrees. They’re harmless to humans. Their noise, on the other hand, can be obnoxious. It come from the males vibrating membranes on their abdomens. —7:53 a.m., March 7

Weekend picks Folklore and mythology are hidden in plain site in artwork, and a workshop from the Cloisters and the Met this afternoon shows children the stories they tell. Get rid of your TRS-80, right, and other digital detritus tomorrow morning at an electronics recycling event in Inwood. (There’s no charge, unlike at the big box stores.) Relax Sunday night with an online concert featuring WaHi Chamber Orchestra musicians. —8:37 a.m., March 5

Package deliveries Oh, it’s frustrating when we can’t get the packages we’re expecting. Here’s a tip: when you see a box sitting in front of a neighbor’s door, pick it up for them and leave a note saying you’re holdig it safely from those with sticky fingers. We have several other suggestions under Package Security, above. —8:06 a.m., March 4

 

Washington Heights variant The new strain of Covid-19 likely started here in WaHi. That’s the unsettling news Dr. Anthony Fauci shared yesterday, following on the report from Columbia last week (see “Covid variation,” February 27, below). Stay vigilant! —7:58 a.m., March 2

 

Vaccination rate We need more adults to get their first shots! We’ve hovering at 7 percent, while the rate of adults who have had both shots is up to 9 percent (from 5). There are plenty of spots where you can roll up your sleeves: scroll down to Covid-19 Information. —8:08 a.m., March 1

 

Restaurant week Today’s your last chance to order from a half-dozen Uptown restaurants to have a special $20.21 meal delivered. Support local business! Here’s the list. —9:01 a.m., February 28

 

Covid variation A new variant of the coronavirus disease is making its appearance Uptown. Columbia researchers tested 1,142 samples from the medical center and found 12 percent of them to be carrying B.1.526. Most of the samples come from residents of WaHi and Inwood. Stay vigilant: social distancing and masks work. —7:42 a.m., February 27

Weekend picks Give your kids a tour of the world of art this afternoon, when the Met and the Cloisters introduce children to mythology, medieval history and how they make their appearance in art. Take a hike into New York’s night life Saturday with an evening trek into Inwood Hill Park, right. Sit back on Sunday night and enjoy a concert from a wind trio, featuring a WaHi flautist. —8:11 a.m., February 26

Going up? The elevator is back in service, six hours ahead of schedule. Thanks for your patience! Keeping it running smoothly is an important job. —10:11 a.m., February 25

Elevator maintenance We appreciate your cooperation while we take the elevator out of service for some maintenance. In the photo at right is the motor, one of the elements being worked on. The job will be done by tomorrow afternoon and we’ll let you know when it’s back up. Need help with an errand? Post a note in the comments, below. —8:52 a.m., February 24

 

Restaurant week You still have time to order six dinners (and five lunches) from the eight Uptown restaurants participating in New York Restaurant Week. The price is $20.21, and you can have them delivered. —2:38 p.m., February 23

Elevator maintenance Having a new fridge delivered? Keep in mind that the elevator will be out of service starting Wednesday morning at 8 until Thursday afternoon at 4. —8:47 a.m., February 22

 

Arts engagement Two Uptown creative organizations would like to hear from you. The WaHi Chamber Orchestra and WQXR want to know more about the interests of classical music lovers. You could win a $50 gift card by taking this survey. Making history meaningful is a goal of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, which would like you to take a survey administered by museums nationally. Complete it and you may be one of four people to win a $100 gift card. —11:27 a.m., February 21

 

Lotion giveaway A wonderful part of being a teacher is the appreciation your students show. Molly recentely received a gift of several hand and body lotions and creams, more than she can use herself. Would you like some? She’ll drop a tube or jar at your door. —7:32 a.m., February 20

Weekend picks Give your kids something to do on a day off: learn how to write in secret code this afternoon, like a Revolutionary spy. An Uptown version of Robin Hood was filmed on location in our parks, and it debuts online Saturday. Could you survive outdoors? What if rolling blackouts come our way on a cold winter day? The Urban Park Rangers will teach you how to build a fire, right, with only the most basic tools in Inwood Hill Park on Sunday afternoon. —8:23 a.m., February 19

Vaccination rate While it could be better, Hudson Heights and Fort George are on par with Lower WaHi for partial vaccinations, at 7 percent, and ahead of Inwood, which is at 6 percent. Five percent of our residents are fully vaccinated, ahead of Inwood (4 percent) and behnd Lower WaHi (6 percent). Roll up those sleeves! —7:59 a.m., February 17

 

Infection decline More good news: The rate of coronavirus infections is still going down. In our Zip code, the rate was 5.91 percent for the week ending February 11. Just two weeks earlier it was 8.75 percent. Sign up for the vaccine if you’re eligible and if not, mask up! —8:56 a.m., February 16

Uptown housing There isn’t enough of it, and the number of new apartments grew at the second-lowest rate in Manhattan in the decade ending last year. Download the study below. Only 644 new housing units were added, with the help of Inwood activists who have successfully fought against new apartment developments. That’s good news for sellers, and if you’re one, remember that we can put a link to your listing on our site. —7:47 a.m., February 11

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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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