Residents’ Information

Missing keys? When you picked up a package a few days ago, did you leave your keys in the bin? If that was you, Ted has them. —7:41 a.m., March 27


Package bin Remember to check under the stairs to see if a package is waiting for you. Picking yours up makes space for more and reduces the chance it will go missing. —8:33 a.m., March 26

Weekend picks This year’s Women in the Heights art exhibit opens today in Lower WaHi. Melt away the stress during a Saturday morning hike in Inwood Hill Park, right, that focuses on meditation. Take in The Addams Family on Sunday afternoon, as staged by Uptown kids in Hudson Heights. —7:02 a.m., March 24

Subway restrooms You’re getting used to the spiffy new A Train cars, and soon there will be another service for Uptown riders. The 168th Street station on the A and C lines will re-open its public restrooms in May. They will be available from 7 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., so if that ride from 50th Street takes longer than you expected, you will have relief. —7:36 a.m., March 22


191st station Remember the wild and vibrant painting in the 191st Street subway station tunnel? Now that it’s been painted over, you have a chance to create your own mural. If you’re inspired, download an application here and return it to by 10:59 p.m. on Friday, April 14. —7:34 a.m., March 21

Façade Repairs

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

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

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

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

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

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


Covid-19 Information

We put an end to our mask policy in November. You are no longer required to wear one in the building’s common areas, nor are your guests or tradesmen. Remain vigilant, however, and if you are more comfortable wearing one please do.

     If it turns out you have the symptoms of Covid-19, inform John at Argo and also notify Fehim before you leave the building or return, so he can isolate you in the elevator.

     Let’s all keep the building safe.

     It’s not too late to get your flu shot and updated Covid-19 booster:

     The winter surge of Caronavirus-19 appears to be on its way out. At the end of February, the infection rate in Hudson Heights and Fort George was only 1.47 percent, a remarkable drop from the rate at the end of January, when it was 8.33 percent. However, cases of the norovirus, or stomach flu, are on the rise. It’s not related to the influenza or Covid. .

     In-home vaccinations for those ages 75 years and older, and anyone with disabilitiess, are available by registering for a shot at or by calling (877) 829-4692.


Application Forms

Download the forms you need, posted here as pdf files. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please call our property manager, who can also send you any of these forms through the mail.

Automatic Payment
Never be late again with your maintenance fee. Sign up for automatic payment from your checking account. It’s ideal for travelers. There’s no cost, and with it you’ll never pay another late fee.
ACH Form Scan.PDF
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Bike Rack
Store your bicycle in the basement storage room. Please keep it locked to the rack. To get your rack, fill out this form. (It’s the same as the Storage Cage form, just check the Bike Rack box at the bottom.)
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
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Decoration Agreement
If the improvement you’re planning is less extensive than a renovation but you’re still planning to use outside help to complete the job, you may be eligible to use the decoration agreement. It’s less extensive than the alteration agreement (below, under Renovations and Alterations). Before submitting a decoration agreement, please visit with the property manager.
Pinehurst 447 Decoration Agreement.pdf
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Renovations and Alterations
Renovations fall into this category. Use this form to submit with your plans. If you believe your work is not extensive, please contact the property manager to see if you qualify to work under a decoration agreement (see above). Mail the completed form to Hedda at Argo, 50 West 17 Street, NYC 10011-5702.
Pinehurst 447 Alteration Agreement.pdf
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Sale/Purchase of Apartment Shares
The purchaser should fill out this document to apply to transfer shares from the seller.
Pinehurst 10034_447_fwa purchase_applica[...]
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Storage Cage
If your apartment is too cluttered, store your overflowing belongings in a storage cage in the basement. To get your cage, fill out this document.
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
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If you plan to sublet your apartment, your proposed subtenant needs to complete this document.
Pinehurst 10034_447 fwa sublease_applica[...]
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     The documents you will need for some other puposes are available from different web sites. Here are the most popular:


     The gym is closed during the pandemic.



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

Contacting Us

Have a question about the House Rules, or how to get a storage cage? Ask one of your directors. This year they are:

   Riva Hocherman, president

    Alicia Meléndez, secretary 
    Nilou Safinya, treasurer
    Allison Hiroto, vice President
    Jennifer Peng, vice President

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

     Fehim Redzpagic is our superintendent. You can reach him by calling (646) 372-0092 (that’s Pedro’s old line) or sending an email to

     While you’re thinking of the building, help us keep your contact information current so you will receive official mail from the corporation and Argo without delay. If you have children moving out or roommates moving in, please tell us. Your information will not appear on this web site. If you do not want it to appear on our internal contact sheet, simply say so.

    The secretary is responsible for keeping our records current, so when you have updates please keep us in the loop by sending them to or one of these addresses: For general questions To reach the super To update your contact details Reaches the webmaster
     You may also call the property manager, John
Duff, at (212) 896-8600, and mail correspondence to us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 68, New York NY 10033.


Delivery Security and Package Pirates

Have you lost a box after it was delivered and before you picked it up? You’re not alone: 90,000 of them go missing in New York every day, and residents in some buildings are protecting themselves.

     It’s terribly frustrating to have a delivery go missing despite our best efforts. If it happens to you, please follow these steps:


1. Ensure delivery confirmation with the delivery service (USPS, UPS, Amazon, etc.).

2. File a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311.

3. Notify management of your missing package.

4. The police will contact management to obtain surveillance video. As per the House Rules, security camera footage is not provided to residents.


     To keep your delivery from being stolen, follow suggestions from the Wirecutter, or try some of the tips we’ve collected to protect your goods. 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.



 To help you keep crawly interlopers out of your apartment and the building, we hope you’ll schedule an appointment with our exterminator. Please let Fehim know you’d like to take advantage of the service.



Gas Meter Reading and Inspections

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

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

     ConEd bills you for the natural gas you use, typically for your range. Your gas meter is probably in your kitchen and looks like the one on the right. ConEd determines your gas bill by looking at those little dials to find out how much gas you used, and for accurate billing prefers to read your meter monthly.

     If you’re home when the gas meter reader knocks on your door, just let him in and he’ll be done in less than a minute. If you miss him more than once, you may receive a letter from ConEd asking for access to your apartment to read your meter. To schedule a visit go to

     Oh, those meters in the basement across from the elevator? They’re for electricity.


General Data Protection Regulation Info

Visitors to this website from the European Union have the protection of GDPR 2016/679 which on May 26, 2016, went into effect.

     Data collected from on are stored on the servers of Ionos, the web hosting service used by 447 Ft. Washington Owners’ Corporation doing business as The Pinehurst. The Controller is the webmaster, who may be reached at, and the Controller’s Representative is the property manager, Tarshia Champagne, who may be reached at (212) 896-8600 or at Argo Real Estate, 50 W 17 St, New York NY 10011. The Data Protection Officer is the president of the corporation, Riva Hocherman, who may be reached at

     The data we collect are those submitted voluntarily by shareholders to promote notices of sale of their apartments. There is no requirement to submit any information at any time. We store personal data for the duration that an apartment is for sale; once it is sold we delete it within four weeks of being notified of the sale. If a shareholder revokes permission for us to store personal information we shall delete it within two weeks of the shareholder’s notification.

     We use Google Analytics to review users’ visits to our site. Information from Google is available to us only in the aggragate; we have no access to any information about any individual visitor.

     An individual subject to GDPR 2016/679 has the right to request from the Controller access to and rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing concerning the data subject or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Such an individual also has the right to make a complaint the supervising authority, which is The Board of Directors. It may be reached at or at 447 Fort Washington Ave, Apt 68, New York NY 10033.


Grilling in the Parks

Looking for a place to light up a grill? This map shows the safe spots in Fort Washington Park, Highbridge Park, and Inwood Hill Park.

     Grilling on the Pinehurst’s balconies and fire escapes is prohibited by law — not to mention common sense.


Hazardous Waste: Paint, Pesticides, CFC’s

After sprucing up your walls you probably have more paint than you can use for touch-ups. To dispose of them in the trash, let the paint dray out—just be sure you keep a window open. Once the paint is dry you can put it in the trash.

     If it’s latex paint (and it’s still wet), you can take up to five gallons to one of the city’s hazardous waste collection points. You can also drop off pesticides, electronics, motor oil and the like. The city also runs occasional Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics disposal events that are closer to home, but last only a day.


House Rules

Our building is a community, as well as our home. Residents share the responsibility to ensure a safe and pleasant quality of life at reasonable cost.  We count on each other to treat all areas of the building as our home, and to protect and respect the rights of all of the Residents to a safe and comfortable home. A set of guidelines helps us achieve these goals.

House Rules
The House Rules are available here. Return the cover sheet to Argo.
Please keep yourself familiar with the information in this document, which is part of your Proprietary Lease. The House Rules will be updated to include the Smoking Policy, which goes into effect on August 28. Until they are revised, shareholders who intend to sell or sublet must include the smoking policy in their sale or lease agreement. A copy of it is below, under “Smoking Policy.”
Pinehurst 447 House Rules with Acknowled[...]
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Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Severe Weather

Severe weather is an uncommon but dangerous phenomenon. In the summer and early fall, hurricanes may threaten the northeast. If a hurricane is threatening the city, keep on top of this evacuation map.

     Hurricanes are rare but their effects are not. Have a plan in case the weather turns severe.
     The late spring and summer can produce tornadoes. Before you hear of a tornado watch (which means that weather conditions could produce a tornado) or a tornado warning (which means a funnel cloud has been spotted, though it may not have touched the ground yet), please
review these safety precautions for you and your family.
     In short, go to the lowest level of the building, stay away from windows and remain there until the all-clear sign has been given (by the
National Weather Service, typically), and have a first aid kit handy.


Laundry Room

Pay for your laundry with your smart phone. Hercules has an app that connects to the washers and dryers so you don’t have to keep track of a card anymore.

     Download the Hercules CyclePay App from the Apple Store or Google Play for your IOS or Andriod phone. Full instructions on its use are in the chart on the right, which you can doawnload in the pdf below. It’s also posted in the laundry room.

Hurcules CyclePay App
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]

     The laundry room is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

     To help keep us safe during the pandemic, we ask you to limit its use to two people or families at a time and to take your clean laundry back to your apartment to fold so the next person can get in sooner.

     Para mantenernos a todos sanos, implementamos algunos procedimientos nuevos ayer para usar la lavandería. La lavandería está abierta todos los días de 7 a.m. a 11 p.m. Le pedimos que limite su uso a dos personas o familias a la vez y que lleve su ropa limpia a su apartamento para doblarla para que la próxima persona pueda entrar antes.

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

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


Maintenance Fee Statements

We welcome you to switch to paperless billing for your monthly maintenance fee.

     If you’ve signed up and chose not to receive paper statement but they’re still arriving, we have a solution. Just send an email to Aileena and she’ll get it straightened out.


Manhattan Maintenance Fees

Our fourth look at maintenance fees across Manhattan neighborhoods is available on the On The Market page. The previous survey, the third, compares fees to those in 2006 and 2008. Want to compare? Download a copy of the 2012 report by clicking on the link below.

     If you’re specifically interested in Hudson Heights maintenance fees, we have that data too:

Maintenance fees in Hudson Heights, 2017
Manh Maint Hudson Heigts 2017.pdf
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Manhattan Maintenance Fees, 2012
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Washington Heights is known for its noise. Luckily, Hudson Heights is a bit quieter. However, if you are bothered by loud music, a party, fireworks or other terrestrial sound, please call 311.
     Other noise comes from the skies. Aircraft fly over our neighborhood en route to LaGuardia Airport or on their way to points west.  

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

     In late 2020 a group of Uptowners formed a task force on noise. In the spring of 2021, Council Member Mark Levine came out with a ten-point proposal to address it. One Uptown group, Respectful Decibels, seeks your comments.


NYC Notify

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


Recycling: Electronics

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

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

     Your efforts make a real difference. In 2021 we recycled 880 pounds of digital detritus, and since we’ve been enrolled in the city’s e-cycling program, we’ve kept 6,447 pounds of it from landfills.

     The city will collect these electronics:

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

     Can’t find what you have to get rid of? Look here.

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. And for nearly anything else, look here.    

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

  1. Flatten your boxes when you put them in the recycling area. The recent picture at right shows what we want to avoid.
  2. Do not put your recycling in plastic bags. That includes plastic recycling. You can throw it all directly in the bin, which contains special bags that the city accepts.
     Keep in mind: The rules are mandated by the Department of Sanitation. So if we don't do it, Fehim 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, Fehim habrá dedicado más tiempo a tu reciclaje. Si no lo hace, pagamos multas.

Recycle: Reusable Items

When you clean some clutter you may find yourself with perfectly good things that you don’t have any use for anymore. If you’d like to donate old clothes, electronic, or housewares to a place where they can do some good, take a look at Donate NYC, a site run by the city. It will help you find a place to drop off reusable items for upcycling.


Smoke Detectors

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


Smoking Policy

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

Smoking Policy
447 smoking Policy_August2018.pdf
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STAR Property Tax Rebate

The STAR rebate grants co-op owners (whose apartments are their primary residences) the same school tax relief that owners of real estate have received for years.
     The credit has changed. Some homeowners remain eligible to receive STAR as a property tax exemption, while others will receive the STAR personal income tax credit and will be sent a check by the state. The distinctions are made based on your income, with the lines drawn at incomes over and under $250,000.   
      If you once received the benefit but no longer do, read these instructions to find out if you qualify again. The credit is not given automatically—you  must apply for it—but if you applied in the past you may not need to do so again. So register for the credit as soon as you become an owner.
     Details on eligibility are here. The numbers you may need for The Pinehurst are:
     LOT 87  
     BLOCK 2177

     BOROUGH 1


Subways and Transportation

Interactive Subway Map

     The famous map has been revised and moved online. It shows live updates of train locations, such as the one leaving 181st Street, right.


A Train
Scheduled maintenance is posted here
by the MTA.


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

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

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

Announcement Archive

Spring arrives Winter ends, finally, this evening, but the steam heat isn’t going away any time soon. Use the change of seasons as a reminder to change the battery in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Need help?Ask Fehim. —7:16 a.m., March 20


Apartment hunters They were looking to buy Uptown. Did they choose a home in Lower WaHi, Hudson Heights, or Inwood? If you know your river views, the photo gives away the answer for the couple and their bulldog. —9:23 a.m., March 19

Weekend picks Kids interested in poetry and the outdoors will appreciate an excursion to Fort Tryon Park on Friday afternoon to find inspiration for their verse. The pianist Rachel Kudo makes a special appearance in Inwood on Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, the Jazz Power Initiative honors Women’s History Month with a special concert, right, in Lower WaHi. And if you’re looking for a little luck today, consider drinking to your health at Le Chéile, the Irish bar in Hudson Heights that’s getting known outside Uptown—6:12 a.m., March 17

Slippery floors With a nor’easter bringing the dreaded wintry mix, tread lightly on our tile floors. Fehim will do his best to keep them dry, but rain and snow will make them slick. —7:29 a.m., March 14


Dog’s dinner The excercise yard known as J’s Dog Run is getting poor reviews from the pet owners who use it. The space in J. Hood Wright Park was last renovated in 2012 and has received no capital improvements since then, Patch reports, leaving it filled with standing water, exposed cinder blocks, and an absence of ground cover. Sir William’s Dog Run in Fort Tryon is an alternative, though a bit of a hike from Lwer WaHi. —10:23 a.m., March 12


Spring ahead Daylight saving time returns overnight. If you still have a clock or watch that isn’t connected to the cloud, set it ahead an hour before bed. —8:45 a.m., March 11

Weekend picks The Nike Indoor Nationals, right, begin today at the Armory in Lower WaHi, drawing club competitors from high schools across the country. Get some exercise yourself on Saturday morning on a hike through Inwood Hill Park searching for the animals that emerage as winter fades. Take your kids to the Purim Festival on Sunday afternoon in Fort George. —7:15 a.m., March 10

WaHi homes StreetEasy puts WaHi on its list of top ten neighborhoods for buying a home. Only three others are in Manhattan. The report says that the median asking price here is $585,000, and the median number of days on the market is 118 (up 23 from the last quarter of 2021). It says that 28 percent of listings saw lowered their prices as they stayed on the market. —7:54 a.m., March 8


Covid decline The winter surge of Caronavirus-19 appears to be on its way out. At the end of last week, the infection rate in Hudson Heights and Fort George was only 1.47 percent, a remarkable drop from the rate at the end of January, when it was 8.33 percent. However, cases of the norovirus, or stomach flu, are on the rise. It’s not related to the influenza or Covid. . —7:38 a.m., March 6


Bronx fire You may have seen—or smelled—smoke today from a five-alarm fire on the Grand Concourse and 181st Street. At least five firefighters were injured in the blaze, which started at a grocer this morning after a lithium-ion battery the powered a scooter ignited. —4:03 p.m., March 5


Investment opportunity At $175,000 for 833 square feet on Pinehurst Avenue, it’s a bargain. On the other hand, the maintence fee is $6,200. The Pandering Pig is leaving its space to move to Fort Tryon Park’s café, so if you’re looking for a new career, here’s your chance. —10:42 a.m., March 5


Avenue closure Do you drive? Fort Washington will be closed tomorrow morning for the Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks road race. If you plan to drive during that time, park east of Fort Washington. If you aren’t leaving, head out to the street to cheer the runners. —10:52 a.m., March 4

Weekend picks Today an exhibition of figurative sketches for portraits and  large-scale murals made during the Mexican Mural Movement by José Clemente Orozco go on display at the Hispanic Society on Audubon Terrace. Columbia’s lacrosse team hosts Penn tomorrow afternoon in Inwood. And on Sunday morning, get ready for our street to be taken over by the Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5k road race. Get out and cheer the runners! —7:35 a.m., March 3

Subway station upgrades The 181st Street A Train station will get an accessibility upgrade, adding new elevators. Bidding on the construction will take place later this year. The station is already partly ADA accessible.  —7:42 a.m., March 1


New Leaf Hudson Heights’ French restaurant, The Pandering Pig, is movin’ on up to Fort Tryon Park. It’s closing its Pinehurst Avenue dining room in March and re-opening at the New Leaf in the summer. —7:24 a.m., February 28


Service requests When you notice something in the building that’s amiss—the elevator on the fritz, perhaps—call our superintendent, Fehim Redzpagic. You’ll get the problem solved faster than by posting on Facebook if you reach him at (646) 372-0092 (that’s Pedro’s old line) or send him an email at Introduce yourself to him too!  —8:54 a.m., February 26

Weekend picks Take your kids to Manhattan’s only untouched forest this afternoon to find the best locations for spotting bald eagles on a trek with the Urban Park Rangers. Teens are welcome to join a safe community, right, to discuss their mental health challenges with qualified health providers in Lower WaHi tomorrow. Everyone’s invited to Marjorie’s place in Lower WaHi on Sunday afternoon for live jazz in her parlor. —7:21 a.m., February 24

Missing package Did you accidentally pick up a package for Allison and Thomas this afternoon? It was delivered just before 1. —9:14 p.m., February 23

Update: The package was delivered today! —4:03 p.m., February 24


Basement door We’re having a plumber visit tomorrow to investigate that smell downstairs. It may be a rodent that has expired, so please help us keep the building free of interlopers by closing the back door—even when you’re just popping out with the trash. —7:27 a.m., February 23


A/C brackets To keep our building safe, we need safety brackets securing your window air conditioners. Please check your email to see if you have a message from John at Argo asking you about your brackets; he sent them over the weekend. —7:48 a.m., February 21


Welcome, Fehim! Our new superintendent is Fehim Redzpagic. You can reach him by calling (646) 372-0092 (that’s Pedro’s old line) or by sending an email to Introduce yourself to him—he has a lot of names to learn! —8:54 a.m., February 19

Weekend picks The weather may not remind you of the beach or pool, so imagine warm days and take your chance to become a summer lifeguard. The city is taking applications for the test through the end of the month. Kids who like the outdoors and stories will enjoy ExploraStory tomorrow afternoon in Fort Tryon Park. The jazz pianist Jason Yeager leads a concert Sunday evening sampling Thelonious Monk and Argentine folk music in Hudson Heights. —8:06 a.m., February 17

Coogan’s memories It was often referred to as the Uptown city hall. Visited by notables, celebrities, and locals alike, Coogan’s was a WaHi institution until it closed during the pandemic. A new book looks at its history. You can order a copy of Last Call at Coogan's: The Life and Death of a Neighborhood Bar, by Jon Michaud, before its June release. —9:04 a.m., February 16


GWB path After six years of construction, the pedestrian path on the north side of the GWB is open again. It’s wider and has what are called gathering points, where people can pause to enjoy view—presumably while out of the way of others. The entrances are ADA-compliant. The south pathway is now closed for its renovation in the $1.9 billion bridge upgrade. —7:51 a.m., February 15

Bunk bed Have a couple of kids who’d like a little adventure? Hannes has just the think: A bunk bed from Ikea, and it’s yours for the asking. You’ll have to take it apart and put it back together, but hey, it’s Ikea, so how hard can it be? He’s also giving away a book case, from Ikea too. Just get in touch before someone else does. —6:48 a.m., February 14

Basement drains Bud will call a plumber in the morning to clean out the drains in the basement to take care of the odor. —8:41 p.m., February 13


More 5G towers While the contruction of a 5G tower on upper Fort Washington Avenue is on pause, the city presented plans to Community Board 12 on Monday for five more towers in Upper Manhattan. The 32-foot-tall towers will improve internet service. No new ones are planned for Hudson Heights, but one was announced to go by Yeshiva’s campus in Fort George, on 186th Street. The others are on the map here. —8:32 a.m., February 12

Weekend picks Kids who want to explore the poetry in nature can explore Fort Tryon Park this afternoon with an eye toward rhyme and meter. Tomorrow, the storied Milrose Games, right, bring dozens of Olympians to Lower WaHi to compete in track & field. Last year’s event sold out, so check ticket availability before heading out. Raise a glass on Sunday evening to tu b’shevat, the Jewish new year for trees, in Fort George. —7:36 a.m., February 10

Inwood housing A plan to build 611 affordable housing apartments and commercial space in  Inwood is moving ahead after the developers picked up $400 million in funding. The project, which had been delayed by residents who opposed new housing in Sherman Creek, was approved in 2021. It will rise on Ninth Avenue near 207th Street.  —7:45 a.m., February 7


Snow moon It’s been a dry winter but February’s full moon takes its name from the white stuff that usually covers the ground this time of year. If the skies clear, join a walk through Fort Tryon Park this evening under the moonlight. —7:23 a.m., February 6


Fire death A blaze in an apartment at 815 West 180th killed an elderly resident yesterday morning. The fire started about 6:15 a.m. and took firefighters three hours to extinguish. The victim’s neighbors identified him as Omar and said he was a hoarder with mobility challenges. About 100 firefighters helped put out the fourth-floor fire in 4-degree weather. Some residents of the building were taken to the GWB Bus Terminal for shelter.  —8:53 a.m., February 5

Weekend picks A site-specific installation of Ivory soap bars and pink erasers, right, is far more intriguing than you may expect, especially since it’s inside Manhattan’s oldest home in Lower WaHi today and through the weekend. Do some Valentine’s Day shopping and support the crafts of recently arrived immigrants on Saturday in Audubon Park. A concert of harp, percussion, and kora on Sunday evening in Hudson Heights will give you energy to prepare for the new week. —7:36 a.m., February 3

Housing sites The borough president named several Uptown sites as potential spots for new housing developments in Inwood and Lower WaHi. They include vacant lots, under-used buildings, and former industrial facilities.  —7:29 a.m., February 2


Covid decline Here’s some good news. After the spike in Covid infections at the end of December, the Uptown rate is going down again. At the end of last week, the seven-day positive rate was 8.33 percent for Hudson Heights and Fort George, down from 14.6. In Lower WaHi it was 9.9 percent, and in Inwood it was 8.8. By contrast, in Murray Hill it was 14.29 percent. —7:27 a.m., January 31

Kitchen playset Do you have an aspiring chef at home? One who wants to help with mise en place but isn’t tall enough yet? You could celebrate restaurant week all year long. Jennifer is giving away this kitchen playset not that her little ones have moved on to dinosaurs and other less domestic interests. Get in touch with her if you’re interested. Free installation—no gass line required. —7:25 a.m., January 30

Real estate deals Two buildings in Fort George sold for $15.5 million last week. The five-story apartment buildings, and 82 and 84 Wadsworth Avenue at 177th Street, have a total of 46 units, and the average rent in them is $2,181. An LLC ian Great Neck bought them. If you want to try your hand at an even bigger deal, bid on the 1664 deed for Manhattan and more. —9:10 a.m., January 29

Weekend picks Kids can get back outdoors and explore Fort Tryon Park in a session of nature-inspired poetry this afternoon. Tomorrow a seed exchange in Bennett Park will help you plan for summer flowers, right. Take in a jazz concert Sunday evening with Kevin Hays, a Grammy-award winning pianist, in Hudson Heights. —7:26 a.m., January 27

5G tower paused Construction of the new cell phone and data tower on Fort Washington at 190th Street is on hold after Councilwoman Carmen De La Rosa asked the city to listen to residents’ concerns. You can share yours with her at —7:43 a.m., January 26


Glass trash Throwing away a pane of glass? A broken glass bottle? Please put it in a container that will hold it, and if the container hides what’s inside, label it as glass (or broken glass). You’ll keep everyone safer, and reduce the chance someone will unknowingly smash it and create a mess—and a dangerous one at that. —7:18 a.m., January 25

Inwood-Henge You’ve heard of Manhattan-Henge, the day when the sun aligns with the east-west streets of most of Manhattan. Inwood’s streets, however, aren’t on the grid and, in fact, are so katy-wompus that the day they align with sunrise and sunset is today. But, rain. —7:11 a.m., January 23


Tryon parties Have a summer birthday you’re planning? Anniversary or other special event? If you’d like to celebrate it in Uptown’s crown jewel, make a reservation now. Fort Tryon Park’s best spots get booked early. You can also use the link to save space in other parks. —7:43 a.m., January 22

Weekend picks Annette Aguilar leads Stringbeans in a performance of Latin jazz tonight in Inwood. Singers from South America, Mexico, and the U.S. join together for a concert of opera favorites from the New World tomorrow night in Hudson Heights. On Sunday, take in a play behind the play in a staged reading of The Rehearsal, right, a tale of an egomaniacal director and his cast preparing for Othello. It will be performed in Hudson Heights on Sunday afternoon. —8:01 a.m., January 20

Basement discards Even if you’re getting an early start on spring cleaning, the basement common area is not the place to leave your unwanted belongings. If you can’t get them to Goodwill, you must put them in the trash. You could also try Donate NYC. Just please don’t leave them for Bud to put in the trash. He’s busy enough! —7:51 a.m., January 18


Restaurant Week Today begins the four weeks of prix-fixe menus across town, including WaHi’s only participating restaurant, Jalao. It’s offering $60 dinners featuring Dominican cuisine, and you’ll find it in the Radio Hotel in Fort George on Amsterdam Avenue at 180th Street. The full list of restaurants is here.  —7:26 a.m., January 17


MLK Day Make your day off a day on by making a difference for others. One way is to donate your gently used winter coats at the Word Up Bookstore, on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. They’re collecting coats today from noon to 3. —10:24 a.m., January 16


Bye-bye, bugs Cockroaches can survive in temperatures into the low-20s, and scurry into warm nooks when it’s colder. Help you keep crawly interlopers out of your apartment and the building by scheduling an appointment with our exterminator. Please let us know if you’d like to take advantage of the service. —10:24 a.m., January 15

Weekend picks Relax to a performance of Bach by candlelight tonight in Hudson Heights. Then on Saturday, try salsa lessons, and then give your steps a tryout at the dance that follows, in Inwood. On Sunday you can take in a staged reading of Once on Rumspringa, right, in Hudson Heights. —7:12 a.m., January 13

Package pick-ups The cage is getting full again, so please retrieve your delivery to make room for the next box or carton. It’s a practical way to keep them from going missing. A few other tips:

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 the super of your missing package.

We’ve assembled more suggestion under “Delivery Security,” below. —7:56 a.m., January 11


Restaurant Week Make reservations now for the month-long omnivore’s festival of dining out. It starts next Tuesday, but you can save a spot today at WaHi’s only participating restaurant, Jalao. It’s offering $60 prix fixe dinners featuring Dominican cuisine, and you’ll find it in the Radio Hotel in Fort George on Amsterdam Avenue at 180th Street. The full list is here.  —6:12 a.m., January 10


Car-sharing locations Need a lift? A new car-sharing pick-up and drop-off spot is just behind us, on Cabrini Boulevard between 180th and 181s Streets. It’s one of a dozen new spots Uptown, including two in Fort George, three in Inwood, and six in Lower WaHi. Find those locations here, and learn more about the program here.. —7:36 a.m., January 9


Mulchfest chipping Today’s your last chance to take your (formerly) live Christmas tree, wreath, and roping to J. Hood Wright Park to have it chipped into mulch. If you don’t want to schlep it that far, take it to the back stairs by the sidewalk for collection by the city. —8:29 a.m., January 8

Weekend picks High school track and field athletes open competition in the Hispanic Games at the Armory in Lower WaHi tonight. If we were still using the Julian calendar, Christmas would fall tomorrow. You can mark it with a concert of early sacred music in Hudsin Heights. On Sunday, a gospel version of evensong, right, takes place in Inwood. —7:12 a.m., January 6

Drummers drumming  If you’re a traditionalist who’s hiring a dozen drummers for your true love on this twelfth day of Christmas, you’re paying 2.6 percent more than you did last year. PNC Bank sets the cost for your precious gift at $1,245.  The total cost of all the gifts in the song reached $45,523.27, a bump of 10.5 percent. —6:38 a.m., January 5


Tree disposal With the Christmas season near its end, the city will start collecting your (formerly) live tree on Friday. Take it down to the steps by the back gate. Another option is to turn it into mulch by dropping it off in  J. Hood Wright Park by Sunday. Either way, remove all of the lights and decorations first, then put a trash bag or two around it to keep the needles from falling off in the halls and elevator. —7:22 a.m., January 4


Elevated Covid The good news is Fort George and Hudson Heights have the lowest infection rate of WaHi and Inwood as of last week. The bad news is that the rate is 14.61 percent, up by more than 50 percent from the end of November, and nearly double the 7.77 percent rate in mid-October. The infection rate in Sherman Creek and lower Inwood is 18.58 percent, the higehst Uptown, and beat out only by Chinatown and Murray Hill. Stay safe! —7:26 a.m., January 3


TV tryout Did you get a new TV over the holidays and now have an old one collecting dust? Jennifer is interested in it. She’s never had one and would like to try one out before buying anything new. —8:36 a.m., January 2


Happy 2023 Wishing you a happy and healthy new year! —8:13 a.m., January 1

Weekend picks Take your child birding this morning to scout eagles soaring over the Hudson; dress for the weather and meet in Inwood Hill Park. Celebrate the beginning of 2023 at a new year’s eve party in Hudson Heights with the Annette A. Aguillar Trio performing at the calendar changes. Jazz WaHi has performances throughout the day, including a jazz concert in the afternoon for kids. —7:21 a.m., December 30

Golden rings If you’re a Christmas traditionalist who’s giving five gold rings to your true love today, you’re paying 39.1 percent more than you did last year. PNC Bank sets their cost at $1,245. On the other hand, the prices of turtle doves, swimming swans, and milk maids remained flat. The total cost of all the gifts in the song reached $45,523.27, up 10.5 percent. —9:28 a.m., December 29


Holiday bounty Need to re-stock your pantry? Molly is giving away bunches of bananas, and Irene is sharing her homemade hot sauce. Just ask! —9:28 a.m., December 28

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