Residents’ Information

“A” Train elevators Community Board 12 will hold a public meeting on Thursday night to discuss the tenuous state of elevator availability at the 181st and 190th Street Stations during construction. Shuttles are sure to come up, starting at 6:30 at the Mount Sinai Jewish Center in Hudson Heights. —12:31 p.m., July 22


New building A rental building will be going up in Fort George. The city approved plans for a six-story structre with a dozen apartments on 187th between Broadway and Wadsworth Avenue. —9:27 a.m., July 21


Hydrant sprayers Opening fire hydrants without spray caps is wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened hydrants can lower water pressure and put lives at risk if there’s a fire. Hydrants can be opened legally with an approved spray cap, which can be obtained by an adult, free of charge, at local firehouses. If you see a hydrant open without a spray cap, stand up for safety and call 3-1-1. —4:48 p.m., July 20


Weekend picks It’s the height of summer, so check on events before you head to anything outdoors. In the meantime, you can cool off tonight as the sun sets at an outdoor screening of Black Panther in Lower WaHi. The cartooning workshop tomorrow with Felipe Galindo Feggo has been moved to Lower WaHi. On Sunday take a refreshing break on — or in — the Hudson in a kayak. —12:56 p.m., July 19

All events in Fort Tryon Park sponsored by NYC Parks are cancelled this weekend. —9:33 p.m., July 19


‘Heights’ filming The cast and crew of In the Heights will film a scene in the 191st Street station of the 1 Train overnight tomorrow. Shuttle buses will operate from 7 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday. —12:56 p.m., July 18


Heat warning As if the storms weren’t bad enough, get ready for excessive heat. Some events are being moved or postponed, and cooling centers are open for those who need a place to relax with air conditioning. —7:27 a.m., July 18

The Morris Jumel Mansion is closed until Monday. —8:15 p.m., July 18


Citi bikes By 2023 you’ll be able to pedal without the hassle of a cycle. The Citi bikes program is expanding in Manhattan from Sugar Hill to Inwood and over the rest of the city too. —3:51 p.m., July 17



Application Forms

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

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



      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.


Getting in Touch

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

     Ted Kirschner—president

     Carlos Pareja—vice president

     Riva Hocherman—vice president

     Jessica Bendiner—secretary

     Hannes Bülow—treasurer

They will be happy to help you.

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

    The secretary is responsible for keeping our records current, so when you have updates please keep us in the loop. Email using or one of these addresses: For general questions To reach Bud Is where to send your updated contact details Reaches the webmaster
     You can also call John at
Argo at (212) 896-8600 or, if you prefer paper, mail us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 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.”
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.
     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

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, 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

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.


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:


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. In our neighborhood the designated recycling spot is at the
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation offices at 76 Wadsworth Avenue (between 176th and 177th Streets). Open business hours.
     For more information on CFL recycling,
click here.

Smoke Detectors

As of April 1, 2019, when you replace your smoke detectors, you need to upgrade to a 10-year sealed model. A new 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. It is not given automatically—you  must apply for it—but if you applied in the past you do not need to do so again.
     The annual deadline is February 15, both for your first application and for renewals.
     Details on eligibility are here. The numbers you may need for The Pinehurst are:
     LOT 87  
     BLOCK 2177

     BOROUGH 1


Subways and Transportation

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.

181 Street: Congested Corridors Project
     The city’s Department of Transportation has studied 181st Street to determine how to improve traffic flow of pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles.
Download the study here, and decide for yourself if the improvements work.


Announcement Archive

On the market We’d be sad to see you go, but if you decide it’s time to move away let us help you get a good price for your Pinehurst home. One of the most popular pages on the website shows what’s On the Market. To get a link just fill out the form, which is at the bottom of the On the Market page. —9:04 a.m., July 14


Midtown blackout So far, we’re are unaffected by the blackout. The “A” and 1 Trains, however, are not running below 163rd Street. We hope it’s all sorted soon, but it would still be a good time to find your flashlight and spare batteries. —9:33 p.m., July 13


Weekend picks Your children can explore the outdoors on a docent-led nature experience this afternoon at the Payson Center. Enjoy poetry at the RING garden on Saturday. Sit down for a recreation of President Washington’s famous cabinet dinner on Jumel Terrace on Sunday evening. —8:06 a.m., July 12


Performance space Uptown is home to an all sorts of creative people, and Buunni Coffee shop want to give them a place to share their talents. The shop is asking for help in raising $25,000 to add a performance space in its new location at Isham Street and 207th, in Inwood. So far, nearly $16,000 have been pledged, with a deadline of the 19th to bring it all in. —8:03 a.m., July 10


Bursting in air Independence Day is over but fireworks still explode overhead. The problem is that they are all prohibited in the city because they’re dangerous to buildings, pedestrians, and traffic, not to mention noisome. If you hear fireworks being shot, protect your safety and call 311. —10:11 a.m., July 7


Holiday weekend Continue your celebration with more time outdoors. Dress your kids in their pj’s for a firefly-catching party tonight on the Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park. Head out to the same spot on Saturday (weather permitting) for the Columbia Summer Winds’ rousing annual performance. Get in the groove with live jazz on Sunday evening in Roger Morris Park. —9:21 p.m., July 5


Holiday grilling Happy Independence Day! If you’re looking for a spot to grill some burgers outdoors, here’s a list of approved spots in Fort Washington Park and in Inwood Hill Park. Grilling is prohibited in Fort Tryon Park. —7:36 p.m., July 3


GWB delay Due to police activity, expect extensive traffic delays on the New Jersey-bound George Washington Bridge upper level. Consider alternate — wait, you know the drill, so we’ll say it in Italian. Si consiglia di utilizzare altre strade e di prevedere maggiori tempi di viaggio. Doesn’t sound so bad that way, does it? —8:43 p.m., July 1


New boathouse Sherman Creek is getting a new home for rowers. The Peter J. Sharp Boathouse is a wonderful facility for the public, but the Row New York boathouse, above, will feature excellent accesibility options and combine the organization’s teaching and athletic facilities in the park between Fort George and Inwood. Interested in rowing lessons? They’re running kids’ classes all summer. —10:04 a.m., June 30


Weekend picks Beowolf is performed live tonight in in Fort Tryon Park’s medieval setting. The Higher Ground arts celebration takes place Saturday at the Anne Loftus Playground. The summer’s final Native American drum circle happens in Inwood on Sunday. —8:41 a.m., June 28


Rockets’ red glare Independence Day doesn’t fall for another week, but the noise of fireworks is already here. The problem is that roman candles, bottle rockets, fountains and firecrackers are all prohibited in the city. They’re dangerous amid all the buildings, pedestrians, and traffic, not to mention noisome. If you hear fireworks being shot, protect your safety and call 311. —7:25 a.m., June 26


Election day It’s primary election day in New York, time for you to select candidates for the general election. Polls are open until 9 tonight. Pinehurst residents vote at Holyrood Church, out the front door to the right, through the entrance on 179th Street. —7:44 a.m., June 25


Smoke detectors When’s the last time you changed the battery in your smoke detector? Carbon monoxide detector? If you can’t remember, use the first day of summer — Friday — as your mnemonic. And as you check your safety devices, keep in mind that if you replace your smoke detector, you will need to upgrade to a 10-year sealed model. A new state law says that all new or replacement smoke detectors must be powered by the new battery or hardwired to the home. If you sell your apartment, you will need to upgrade your smoke detectors before the sale goes through. —3:52 p.m., June 23


Weekend picks Outdoor concerts this evening mark the summer solstice in Fort Tryon Park and J. Hood Wright Park. A staged reading of the Mueller Report begins its two-day cycle on Saturday in Lower WaHi. Drums Across the Hudson brings Native culture to Inwood on Sunday. —7:56 a.m., June 21


Parkway delay Due to police activity, you can expect extensive northbound traffic delays on the Henry Hudson Parkway at West 96th Street. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. Or, as Ella would put it, you can take tha “A” Train. —4:12 p.m., June 19


Garden help Feel like getting your hands dirty? Head to the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden, where a load of plants is arriving from Long Island today. The gardeners want to get them in the ground today to give them the best chance to thrive. No experience necessary.—8:31 a.m., June 16


Weekend picks It’s the final weekend of the annual show of new artists at the Academy on Audubon Terrace. Learn urban composting on Saturday in Inwood Hill Park. Take in a cello performance of Beethoveen, Prokofiev, and more in Hudson Heights on Sunday. —7:46 a.m., June 14


Fort Georgehenge The weather looks better today to see the sunset lined up with the streets of Fort George — and with most of Manhattan, for those non-Uptowners who insist on using the name Manhattanhenge for the alignment of the sun’s daily traverse with the nominally east-west streets around town. —7:44 a.m., June 12


Summer vacation Planning an out-of-town trip this summer? If you’ll be gone more than a few days, let Bud know so he can keep an eye on your apartment. —10:19 a.m., June 9


Weekend picks Encounter Manhattan’s original night life camping tonight in Inwood Hill Park. Prepare for Flag Day by making your own flag in Roger Morris Park on Saturday. Take in the Scandinavian Music Festival’s Fit as a Troll concert on Sunday in Fort Tryon Park. —7:44 a.m., June 7


Annual meeting Shareholders, remember to attend the corporation’s business meeting in the lobby tonight in the lobby. If you can’t make it, be sure submit your proxy. —11:33 a.m., June 4


Steam heat Bud shut down your radiator’s steam at the end of May. You may want to keep your valve open so that on the first cold day in the autumn you don’t wonder why your apartment is chilly. 4:30 p.m., June 3


Weekend picks The exhibit of new members’ work continues today at the American Academy of Arts & Letters on Audubon Terrace. On Saturday, Sonnambula performas a rarely plaed dance score. The Scandinavian music festival begins ots annual summer seris in fort Tryon Park on Sunday. —6:24 a.m., May 31


New construction A 13-story apartment tower is planned to go up in Lowe WaHi. Columbia-Presbyterian is building it for its staff and guests, and it will include a center for early childhood development. Businesses that occupy space on the site will have to leave. 7:48 a.m., May 29


Summertime dance With sailing ships and the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company’s performance in the Battery borrows jazz from the early twentieth century and gives it new meaning. The troupe’s home is Hudson Heights, and this video is Gwirtzman’s gift to dance lovers. —9:04 a.m., May 27


Extras needed When In The Heights is filmed Uptown this summer, several scenes will call for extras. If you’re Latino or African American, and into swim, baseball, soccer, salsa dancing, or can simply play to role of neighbor, head to Fort George on Saturday. —9:04 a.m., May 26


Weekend picks The Havana percussionist Joaquín Pozo gives a free concert tonight in J. Hood Wright Park. Kids can explore earthworms tomorrow in Fort Tryon Park. A piano concert on Sunday in Hudson Heights features Back and Stravinsky. —7:42 a.m., May 24


Fleet Week The Parade of Ships will cruise from New York Harbor, up the Hudson River to just south of the George Washington Bridge. It starts around 7:30 Wednesday morning. —6:29 p.m., May 21


Steam heat As the weather warms up (finally) and you don’t need as much heat in your apartment, keep this in mind: your radiator knob should be turned all the way on or all the way off. Not in between! If you leave it partially open, the steam, when cools into water, will sit in your radiator and rust it. —8:47 a.m., May 19


D-Day flyover A dozen Douglas DC-3 aircraft will fly over the Hudson River this morning around 11. Flying at only 1,000 feet, their buzz will precede them. —6:22 a.m., May 18


Weekend picks Take in a performance of the phonomenal British violinist Monica Huggett tonight in Hudson Heights. The Great & Glorious Army of the Bronx will attempt to take Marble Hill from Manhattan tomorrow. The Sylvan Winds play on Audubon Terrace on Sunday, weather permitting. 9:41 a.m., May 17


Participatory budgeting Uptown residents who voted for their preferences in spending city funding chose three schools in Fort George as recipients of $1.5 million this year: M.S. 528, P.S. 189, and the George Washington Educational Campus. The Morris-Jumel Mansion also received a grant. —7:18 a.m., May 14


Construction auction The construction site between the “A” Train entrances on Overlook Terrance and across from Bennett Park will be up for auction. Work started in 2007 to turn the rocky slope into a 23-story condo tower, but it never got far. —10:02 a.m., May 12


Weekend picks Outdoor movies make their return tonight with a Bennett Park screening of Ralps Breaks the Internet. On Saturday night, Bach’s Mass in B Minor will be performaed in Hudson Heights. Take a tour of the fantastically designed United Palace on Sunday morning. —6:06 p.m., May 10


Targetting 181st Next year Target will open a store in Fort George, taking a 25,000-square-foot location on the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue at 181st Street. —8:25 p.m., May 7


Summer theater Applications for the intensive workshop with Pied Piper Children’s Theatre are open. Kids ages 11 to 17 are invited to apply by May 15. —7:50 a.m., May 6


GWB delay Driving home from points west? Ther’s been a vehicle collision on the GWB, so you can expect extensive traffic delays in the Manhattan-bound lanes. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —5:09 p.m., May 5


Weekend picks The P.S. 187 Film Festival lands tonight in Lower WaHi. Celebrate John James Audubon’s birthday tomorrow in Audubon Park. Hear the Lord Nelson Mass on Sunday in Hudson Heights. —6:02 a.m., May 3


New neighbors The people you see on the street every day have changed over the last several years. And over the last couple of decades, those people have changed pretty dramatically. Here’s a map showing which parts of town have seen the greatest influx, and which have seen the long-term residents leave at the highest rates. —7:21 a.m., April 30

Parkway delay Driving downtown this morning? Check your route: After to a vehicle collision, there are extensive traffic delays on the southbound Henry Hudson Parkway at 158th Street. Consider alternativee routes and allow for additional travel time. —7:06 a.m., April 29
On location The film version of In The Heights won’t be filmed in Hollywood, Lin-Manuel Miranda announced. It will be filmed here, in the Heights, starting this summer. The cast includes Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, and Olga Merediz. It’s planned for release next summer. —3:41 p.m., April 28
Weekend picks A concert by the neighborhood chamber orchestra tonight in Hudson Heights features a violinist from the New York Philharmonic. Go take a look at car-free New York in Fort George tomorrow. Explore dance from Senegal, India, and Spain at a performance in Lower WaHi on Sunday. —7:52 a.m., April 26
Silver alert Carlos Valenzuela, an 80-year-old Hispanic male from 160th Street and Broadway, has been missing since Saturday morning and may be in need of medical attention. He stands 5'5" tall, weighs 170–180 lbs, has balding white hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a black jacket, black pants and glasses. If you see Carlos Valenzuela, please call 9-1-1. —7:47 a.m., April 24

Spring migration The palm warbler, American woodcock, kinglet bomb, and painted bunting are visiting New York on their way home from winter vacation. We live in prime viewing territory on the Atlantic Flyway, wtih Inwood Hill Park being one of the best places around for birding. On your next walk, keep your eyes on the skies for a glimpse at species rarely seen in the city. —7:56 a.m., April 23

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