Residents’ Information

Weekend picks Take your kids to a twist on Tot Shabbat, right, for music and challah this morning in Fort Tryon Park. Run the Red Hook race/walk tomorrow morning, which, despite the name, is in Manhattan: it starts at the Dyckman Marina and treads near Jeffrey’s Hook. End the weekend with a concert by the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, streamed from the city’s only studio built for classical music. —7:51 a.m., July 23

Dangrous street crossings An academic study confirms what you probably already suspected: crossing Broadway in Uptown can be risky. Between 2001 and 2016, seven pedestrians died while attempting to cross Broadway between 173rd and 185th Streets, according to the study. There are other streets in town dangerous to pedestrians, such as Canal between West Broadway and Bowery, where 15 people on foot died in the same period. You can monitor auto accidents on city streets at crashmapper.org. —8:05 a.m., July 20

 

Expecting a packge? It may be here! The package cage is nearly stuffed. If one (or more) of the boxes is yours, please claim it. There are two big packages in there that make it hard to retrieve the others. The sooner you pick it up, the smaller the chance it will go missing. Though we can share your post about that, too. —3:19 p.m., July 18

 

Ticketing on 181st Now that 181st is an established busway, starting today you can be ticketed $50 for driving on certain portions of it. Private cars are prohibited on 181st from Broadway to Amsterdam for eastbound drivers, and between Amsterdam and Wadsworth going west. The rule applies between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. —7:41 a.m., July 17

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Covid-19 Information

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

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

     Follow updates on the vaccine’s availability on the Twitter feed of TurboxVax. In-home vaccinations for those ages 75 years and older, and anyone with disabilitiess, are available by registering for a shot at on.nyc.gov/vaccineathome or by calling (877) 829-4692.

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

     In the building:

     • 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.

 

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
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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. 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: https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/

 

Recycling: Electronics

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

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

     Your efforts make a real difference. Since we’ve been enrolled in the city’s e-cycling program, we’ve kept 5,667 pounds of digital detritus from landfills as of this spring.

     The city will collect these electronics:

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

Recycling: Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic

The Pinehurst is committed to recycling in accordance with New York City's goals. Most paper and plastic (but not all), glass and metal are recyclable in our bins in the garbage area.
     Compact fluorescent light bulbs require special recycling because their contents are hazardous. Also known as CFL’s, these bulbs are typically curly in shape. During the pandemic, the ctiy’s drop-off sites, including the one closest to us in Fort George, are closed and will remain so until July 10, but when they do the only one in Manhattan will be at 74 Pike Slip, between Cherry and South Streets, under the Manhattan Bridge. As an alternative, take your CFL bulbs to a retailer that accepts them, such as Home Depot.
     For more information on CFL recycling,
click here.

     As we live through the pandemic and are dealing with a substantially larger volume of garbage, we are already spending more to manage our refuse. Your assistance will help us keep a lid on costs.

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

Smoke Detectors

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

 

Smoking Policy

In August 2017 Mayor DeBlasio signed legislation that requires all NYC cooperatives and condominiums to adopt formal smoking policies. The Board will be amending the House Rules to include this policy and any shareholders intending to sell or lease their apartment must also include it in their sale or lease agreement.

Smoking Policy
447 smoking Policy_August2018.pdf
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STAR Property Tax Rebate

The STAR rebate grants co-op owners (whose apartments are their primary residences) the same school tax relief that owners of real estate have received for years.
     The credit is changing again this year. Some homeowners remain eligible to receive STAR as a property tax exemption, while others will receive the STAR personal income tax credit and will be sent a check by the state. The distinctions are made based on your income, with the lines drawn at incomes over and under $250,000.   
      If you once received the benefit but no longer do, read these instructions to find out if you qualify again. The credit is not given automatically—you  must apply for it—but if you applied in the past you may not need to do so again.
     This year the deadline is March 15, both for your first application and for renewals.
     Details on eligibility are here. The numbers you may need for The Pinehurst are:
     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 Support Uptown musicians at a concert of classical and jazz performers tonight in Inwood. Stroll through Upper Manhattan’s private garden that’s open to everyone and take in Art in the Garden on Saturday, featuring singers, painters, poets, and bees, right. For more music, tune in to Marjorie Elliott’s parlour jazz sesson on Sunday afternoon. —7:41 a.m., July 16

Singaporean snacking A new(ish) restaurant in Lower WaHi continues to garner diners’ attention. Eater NY praises Native Noodles for its chili crab dip and laksa, a Southeast Asian soup. It’s on Amerstdam near 166th, but it’s not a Restaurant Week participant. —9:38 a.m., July 15

 

Restaurant week Just as in January, the number of Uptown eateries joining the city’s restaurant week promotion (it lasts fives weeks, actually) is tiny. There’s one in Fort George and four in Inwood. It’s up to restaurant owners to take part in the promotion, so you could ask your favorite spot to sign up. There’s still time: the “week” starts Monday and runs through August 22. Here’s a list of participants. —8:41 a.m., July 13

Kid’s easel giveaway Emily is parting with a lovingly used art toy for kids. Blackboard on one side, whiteboard on the other. If you can put it to use (or your kiddo can), let her know before she posts it outside the building. Happy drawing! —7:57 a.m., July 12

 

181st Street ticketing It’s been almost two months since 181st became a busway, which means faster buses and, soon, the end of ticket-free violations. Private cars are prohibited on 181st from Broadway to Amsterdam for eastbound drivers, and between Amsterdam and Wadsworth going west. The rule applies between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Starting Saturday, you can be ticketed $50 for driving there, and the fines increase to $250. —7:10 a.m., July 11

Weekend picks Pack up for a night in the forest tonight when you camp with the Urban Park Rangers. Learn about the motivations that led to the artistry in the Latinx murals on Audubon Terrace Saturday afternoon. Find out how George Washington’s sweet tooth (was it wooden too?) and ice cream paired up, and why he named his dog Sweetlips. And keep your eye on the weather. Yesterday was a mess, and more rain is on the way. —7:10 a.m., July 9

Storage area leak Last night’s storm packed a punch and left a bit of water in the storage cage room. If you have any damage, get in touch with John at Argo. —8:42 p.m., July 8

 

Uptown spending The budget passed by the city council last week includes funding for several nearby projects. P.S./I.S. 87 Hudson Cliffs School will recieve $364,000, and the Yeshiva Univeristy Plaza will get $1,000,000. For the Fort Washington DPR West 186th Street Basketball Court, $710,000, and Row New York’s Sherman Creek Community Dock gets $340,000. —7:38 a.m., July 8

 

Screening postponed Fort Tryon Park sustained considerable damage from last night’s storm, so tonight’s screening of The Wizard of Oz is postponed. On top of the hanging limbs and other hazards, we have the heat advisory and more storms forecast, so tonight's concert, yoga, and games are on hold. Roads will remain open to allow crews to clean the debris. —2:13 p.m., July 7

 

Infection decrease Fort George and Hudson Heights had the lowest rate of infections among new tests Uptown in the last week. Our ZIP code had only 0.6 percent of tests come back positive in the week ending Friday. In Lower WaHi it was 0.75 percent, and in Inwood it was 1.08 percent. Keep staying safe! —6:18 a.m., July 6

 

Holiday continues For those of you with the day off today, we hope you get to relax. And even if your job is to keep the city moving, remember that it’s a holiday for Bud, so if you see some trash around the building please pick it up and throw it away. —6:23 a.m., July 5

 

Fourth of July Happy Independence Day! We hope you enjoy the holiday. —7:17 a.m., July 4

Weekend picks It’s park weather! 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. You can also take a look at an outdoor display of murals, right, honoring Latin emmigration at the Hispanic Society on Audubon Terrace. While you’re there, take a look at photographs of how Uptown has changed in the last twenty years, on exhibit at Boricua College. —8:22 a.m., July 2

ConEd request Please try to conserve energy and help keep electricity service reliable as the intense heat and humidity continue. Con Edison urges you to postpone using energy-intensive appliances such as washers, dryers, and microwaves unless necessary. If you have two air conditioners, use only one and set it to the highest comfortable temperature. —7:42 a.m., July 1

 

Delta variant A half-dozen variants of the new coronavirus are circulating among New Yorkers. The delta variant is the most worrisome. It was present in 22.7 percent of people tested for Covid-19 in the week ending June 12 (the most recent data). Stay safe. —8:05 a.m., June 30

 

Rockets’ red glare More like bombs bursting in air, aren’t they? In the Heights romanticizes Uptown fireworks but they’re outlawed because they’re a nuisance, not to mention dangerous. Call 311 when you hear them. So far this summer, five of the seven ZIP codes with the most fireworks complaints are from Uptown, but ours doesn’t make the top ten. —11:43 a.m., June 28

 

High heat The summer’s first heat wave is upon us. Check in on elderly neighbors to see if you can help by running an errand. Anyone without a/c can drop into a cooling center today through Tuesday. The closest is Hudson Cliffs School, and others are on the Events page. —6:39 a.m., June 27

Extension Cooling centers will be open through Wednesday evening. —3:56 p.m., June 29

Weekend picks The Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, right, premieres three dances in a virtual showcase this weekend, starting tonight. Practice your drawing in a Zoom session tomorrow at the Cloisters. A kids’ baseball league finale takes place Sunday morning in Inwood. —7:48 a.m., June 25

Fort George construction A Brooklyn firm filed permits last week to demolish a parking garage at Broadway and Sherman Avenue. Once they’re approved, plans can go forward to replace the structure with a 20-story building with 272 apartments, at a cost of $190 million. It’s going to look pretty snazzy! —7:11 a.m., June 24

 

Rabies bait A reminder that on Tuesday the city placed bait try to lure raccoons to take a rabies vaccine. They’re brown packets, resembling ketchup packets, in Fort Tryon Park and Inwood Hill Park. If a pet eats one—the bait smells like fish—it may vomit, but the vaccine won’t otherwise harm it. You should avoid touching the stuff, which can cause a rash. More info here. —3:06 p.m., June 23

 

Plumbing problem Residents of the 5 line and those using the laundry today experienced an emergency shut-off of their water. The plumbers made the repair so service should be back to normal. Please let Bud know if you’re still having a problem. —6:22 p.m., June 22

 

Election day Our polling place is Holyrood Church, our the front door and just a block to the right at Fort Washington and 179th. Polls are open until 9 tonight. Get out and vote! —7:39 a.m., June 22

 

Smoke detectors With summer starting today, take a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Need help? Ask Bud. —6:45 a.m., June 21

 

Father’s Day All the best to all the dads in the Pinehurst! —10:42 a.m., June 20

 

Juneteenth Mark the first federal holiday celebrating President Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation at a house that was on the undeground railroad. It’s on Riverside Drive in Lower WaHi, where a historian will share the house’s story while you’re enjoying refreshments. Details on the Events page. —8:14 a.m., June 19

Weekend picks It’s the final week of the spring book club for teens, meeting this afternoon online. Tomorrow you can take your kids to Mitchell Square Park to choose free books for summer reading, right. There’s also a (pre-) summer solstice night hike in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday. Listen abolitionist music from a brass band on Sunday morning in Isham Park. —8:03 a.m., June 18

Bennett Park renaming James Gordon Bennett was an arch-conservative Scottsman who founded and edited The New York Herald in the mid-nineteenth century. He supported slavery in the pages of his newspaper, opposed Lincoln with vitriol, and denigrated Blacks regularly. The park the bears his name will get a new name by the end of the year, the Parks Department announced yesterday, in a release that lists Bennett Park under the heading for Staten Island. —2:14 p.m., June 17

 

Rabies bait On Tuesday the city will try to lure raccoons to take a rabies vaccine. Parks crews will place brown packets, resembling ketchup packets, in Fort Tryon Park and Inwood Hill Park. If a pet eats one—the bait smells like fish—it may vomit, but the vaccine won’t otherwise harm it. You should definitely avoid touching the stuff, which can cause a rash. More info here. —9:56 a.m., June 16

 

Infection decreases There’s good news: In the week ending June 11, only five people in Fort George and Hudson Heights were diagnosed with Covid-19. Inwood had only three infections, but Lower WaHi had ten. Things are looking up! —9:56 a.m., June 15

 

Early voting Avoid the lines by casting your ballot before election day, which is the 22nd. Details on how and where to vote in advance are here. —9:56 a.m., June 12

Weekend picks Murals of the Latinx experience, right, are on display on Audubon Terrace today (and for the rest of the summer). Kids with an ear for music will enjoy a version of Little Red Riding Hood on Saturday in Fort Tryon Park. Adults can take in a concert for more advanced ears in Roger Morris Park on Sunday afternoon. —6:52 a.m., June 11

Directors re-elected Thanks for taking part in last night’s thirty-sixth annual meeting of the shareholders. It was our second on Zoom and we hope it was the last on Zoom. In the vote, the dierctors were unanimously given another year:

    Jennifer Peng, president

     Riva Hocherman, vice president

     Leslie Thrope, vice president

     Jessica Bendiner, secretary

     Rogier de Boer-Phelan, treasurer

You can reach them at board@thepinehurst.org (or just say hi in the elevator). —6:52 a.m., June 9

Meeting tonight Power up your computer for the annual meeting of 447 Ft. Washington Owners’ Corporation, which will be online again this year. Shareholders will hear the board’s report and elect directors to run the business. If you won’t be able to attend—or even if you’re not certain that you can—please take ninety seconds to fill out the proxy! That way your attendance counts toward our quorum. Hand your proxy to a director (or slide it under their door) before the meeting’s 7 p.m. start time. The connection details are in the letter we sent. —7:31 a.m., June 8

Mayoral donations Ready for the primary election? It’s in two weeks, and so far Scott Stringer is receiving the most in donations from WaHi, bringing in $25,181 through the end of May. Behind him are Diane Morales and Maya Wiley, nearly tied at $16,800. Full details here. —7:47 a.m., June 7

 

Proxy participation The shareholders’ annual meeting is Tuesday night. We look forward to seeing you but if you may not make it please sign your proxy and put it under a board member’s door. If you end up attended, the proxy is void, so there’s nothing to worry about. —9:49 a.m., June 6

Weekend picks Teens can join an online book club this afternoon to discuss Undocumented, a novel for young adults. The annual Hike the Heights walk takes place tomorrow along the Giraffe Path from the Cloisters to Central Park, featuring events for kids, right, and adults. Native Americans celebrate their heritage at Drums on the Hudson in Inwood Hill Park on Sunday. —10:53 a.m., June 4

GWB delays Thanks to a vehicle collision, all westbound lanes of the upper level of the GWB are closed in Manhattan. Look for an alternative route. —2:12 a.m., June 3

The accident has been cleared and all lanes are open. Expect residual delays. —3:48 a.m., June 3

 

Vaccine count Fort George and Hudson Heights continue to do well with vaccinations. Our ZIP code, which also includes Sherman Creek, has 42.2% of residents who’ve received a complete course. That’s better than Inwood, where 39.6% of people are fully vaccinated, but lagging Upper Hudson Heights, which has 42.7%, and lagging Lower WaHi, with 43.5%. —7:51 a.m., June 2

 

Annual meeting The sharedholders’ meeting takes place a week from tonight on Zoom. Watch your mail for the connection and password. Think you won’t be able to make it? Turn in your proxy to a board member or to John. If you end up participating, the proxy won’t count. —7:44 a.m., June 1

 

Memorial Day It’s a bit damp and chilly for outdoor fun, but we can still pause to remember our fallen troops. Enjoy the holiday and since it’s a day off for Bud too, if you see some trash around the building please pick it up. —8:13 a.m., May 31

 

Grilling spots Go enjoy the holiday with some burgers, dogs, or veggie kabobs. Don’t grill at the building, though: It’s not safe (and prohibited by the FDNY). Just follow this map to a safe grilling spot in Fort Tryon Park, Fort Washington Park or Highbridge Park. —8:40 a.m., May 30

Weekend picks Bake a scrumptious chocolate dish this afternoon as you learn about the thousands of years of history of cocoa. Cheer on a survivor of domestic violence tomorrow as she finishes her 285-mile race to raise awareness of the issue, finishing the run in a wedding dress, right, in J. Hood Wright Park. Enjoy live music on Sunday at the Scandinavian Music Festival in Fort Tryon Park and the Gather performance in Roger Morris Park. —8:16 a.m., May 28

Addressing noise After Monday night’s meeting about uptown noise complaints, Council Member Mark Levine came out with a ten-point proposal to address it. One Uptown group, Respectful Decibels, seeks your comments. —8:24 a.m., May 27

 

Board seats We’ll be electing directors to the board at the annual meeting on June 8. Would you like to serve? Running a business isn’t easy, especially these days, but you’ll have plenty of help. If you’re interested, visit with a current board member or John at Argo so we can get your name on the ballot. —7:04 a.m., May 26

Lost & found: Air Pod Did you lose one of yours? Reg found this one on the sixth floor today and left it on a window sill in the hall. If it’s yours, get your hearing back in stereo. —8:14 p.m., May 25

 

Going up? The elevator is back in business. Thanks for your patience. —4:03 p.m., May 23

Elevator repair We’re sorry the elevator stopped working this morning. John has a repair crew on the way. —4:19 p.m., May 22

Weekend picks Teens can jump in on an online book club this aafternoon, discussing Almost American Girl. Get out and make a difference in our favorite neighborhood green space when volunteers head to Bennett Park to clean, prune, and spruce it up. Venture to Roger Morris Park on Sunday afternoon for a live outdoor concert—registration required for crowd size. —7:03 a.m., May 21

Historic Holyrood You may know it as your polling place, but for more than a century it’s been the location of an Episcopal congregation. Yesterday the Landmarks Commission granted the building landmark status. Designed in the Gothic style by Bannister & Schell, the completed church was opened in 1914. —7:13 a.m., May 19

 

Annual meeting The shareholders will gather virtually again for the annual corporation meeting on Tuesday night, June 8, at 7. Watch your mail for the Zoom link and password (so we don’t have to post it publicly on the web). —7:43 a.m., May 18

 

College cash The American Rescue Plan, a pandemic aid package, will send $6.5 million to Yeshiva University, in Fort George, and almost $4.6 million to Boricua College, on Audubon Terrace. —8:37 a.m., May 17

 

Protest near GWB From the city: Due to protest activity, expect intermittent road closures, traffic delays and a heavy presence of emergency personnel near the GWB approaching the Henry Hudson Parkway. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time. —6:08 p.m., May 16

 

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

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

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

Infection jump After weeks of decreasing infections in our Zip code, the rate nearly doubled last week to 8.14 percent, from the previous week’s rate, 4.53 percent. Don’t let your guard down! The vaccine will help but we’re not out of the woods yet. —8:20 a.m., March 24

Covid infections The rate is getting worse. Here in Zip code 10033, including Fort George and part of Lower WaHi, 7.98 percent of people are infected, more than the rate for the city, which is 7 percent. In Inwood, it’s even higher: 8.53 percent. Scroll down to find out how to get tested for free and how to find out if you have coronavirus antibodies. —9:11 a.m., December 29

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