Covid-19 Information

Peter Arkle/The New Yorker

Stay home, save lives.
Even if you are not sick, stay home as much as you can.

 

• The subject of a building-wide support system came up earlier this month. If you’re willing to help the effort, contact the board.

 

• New York On Pause. It’s not just a suggestion. Here are the rules.

 

• If 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. We are taking extra precautions to isolate any contact with the virus. Refer to the Board’s March 15 letter for procedures in the building.

 

• Our residents who are 70 and older are required to stay in their homes except for solitary exercise and getting groceries or medicine. Would you consider checking in with one of them? Maybe you could run an errand, but even saying hello would help ease the challenge of social isoloation.

 

• Pass the time with a book borrowed from your neighbors in 61, or visit the NYPL’s online collection.

 

• Here are some tips from docs down the street at Columbia. You’ve probably already seen the standard set from the CDC to keep in mind. If you’re into stats, follow the illness’s spread in town here. And because some people have been intentions, watch out for scams to avoid.

 

Have something to share with the building? Let us know!

 

 

Residents’ Updates

Get a squirt before coming home

Stay home The safest choice is to stay home. If you’re healthy, stay home to stay healthy. If you’re feeling sick, call (844) NYC-4NYC (that’s (844) 692-4692) for an initial screening with the Department of Health before going to an emergency room. The city’s ER’s are overwhelmed. In WaHi, the number of emergency room visits grew 314 percent over last year. Stay home, stay safe. —8:01 a.m., March 29

 

What’s open? Not much. The parks, of course, where you should keep your social distance, and where can can take a hike (last we heard) through Inwood Hill Park tomorow morning. Many restaurants are still cooking for your take-out meals and we’ve got a list here. —8:09 a.m., March 27

 

Covid scam The city reports that scammers are calling to set up testing. This is not the city calling. Directly contact your health care provider or call 311 for real information. —7:44 p.m., March 26

 

‘Heights’ postponed The film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s paean to Uptown will have its opening night pushed back. Originally set to debut on June 26, ‘In the Heights’ is one of the Warner Bros. movies which is now waiting for a new date. —8:46 a.m., March 26

 

Living indoors Getting used to living indoors will take some time. Kids who are missing school can use the NYPL’s free online tutoring. Adults can listen to an Inwood neighbor’s morning radio show. And if you venture out, squirt a dollop of hand sanitizer, right, on your hands before coming home. You won’t be surprised to hear that the permanent dispanser we ordered is unavailable for now.  —6:52 a.m., March 25

 

Stay safe The infection rate in New York City is five times higher than in the rest of the country. You can be the reason COVID-19 doesn’t reach your neighbors, family members or friends. Social distancing stops the spread and saves lives. —8:48 a.m., March 24

 

Solitary exercise Already getting cabin fever? Solitary exercise is permitted under New York On Pause, but if you aren’t a regular athlete here’s a video showing 101 exercises and stretches to do on a park bench. —6:24 a.m., March 23

 

 

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
PDF File [132.6 KB]
Bike Rack
Store your bicycle in the basement storage room. Please keep it locked to the rack. To get your rack, fill out this form. (It’s the same as the Storage Cage form, just check the Bike Rack box at the bottom.)
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.4 KB]
Decoration Agreement
If the improvement you’re planning is less extensive than a renovation but you’re still planning to use outside help to complete the job, you may be eligible to use the decoration agreement. It’s less extensive than the alteration agreement (below, under Renovations and Alterations). Before submitting a decoration agreement, please visit with the property manager.
Pinehurst 447 Decoration Agreement.pdf
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Renovations and Alterations
Renovations fall into this category. Use this form to submit with your plans. If you believe your work is not extensive, please contact the property manager to see if you qualify to work under a decoration agreement (see above). Mail the completed form to Hedda at Argo, 50 West 17 Street, NYC 10011-5702.
Pinehurst 447 Alteration Agreement.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [19.6 KB]
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[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [687.9 KB]
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.
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:


Gym

     The gym is under renovation. We hope to have it ready for use in the spring.

 

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:

     Riva Hocherman—president

     Jennifer Peng—vice president

     Leslie Thrope—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 board@thepinehurst.org or one of these addresses:
    
447fwa@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.

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, Riva Hocherman, 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.”
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 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

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
manh.maint.2012.pdf
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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.

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/

Package Security

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.

     Some tips:

• Have your package held at the post office for pickup, 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 Dnever 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.

Recycling

The Pinehurst is committed to recycling in accordance with New York City's goals. Most paper and plastic (but not all), glass and metal are recyclable in our bins in the garbage area.
     Compact fluorescent light bulbs require special recycling because their contents are hazardous. Also known as CFL’s, these bulbs are typically curly in shape. 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.
     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

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

New York On Pause The governor is ordering non-essential businesses closed starting tonight, and for anyone aged 70 or older to stay home except for solitary exercise and to get groceries or medicine. Would you consider knocking on your older neighbors’ doors to see if you can run an errand? They may not respond to your posts on social media in English. —9:05 a.m., March 22

 

Weekend picks It’s an unsual time, to say the least. A few outdoor activities will go on this weekend — at least at this point — so if you’re in the mood for a change of scenery consider bird watching in Fort Tryon Park or an archeological trek along the Croton Aqueduct in Lower WaHi, both on Saturday. There’s a trail restoration project in Fort Tryon Park planned for Sunday.

     If you’re heading to Hilltop Pharmacy, consider donating household goods to the exchange a nurse set up there above. And if you’re looking for a book to read, visit your neighbors in 61, or virtually peruse the shelves of the public library. It has a huge collection waiting for you online. —8:14 a.m., March 20

 

Vernal equinox Winter ends when spring begins today at eleven minutes before midnight. It’s a good reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector, especially now that we want something useful to do indoors! —8:11 a.m., March 19

 

Your health & safety If you have the symptoms of Covid-19, please inform John at Argo, and notify the Resident Manager before you leave the building or return, so he can isolate you in the elevator. We are taking extra precautions to isolate any contact with the virus. Please refer to the letter from Argo, which you should have received today, for safety procedures in the building. —2:09 p.m., March 17

 

Helping your neighbors Some of our older residents may prefer to stay in their homes for now. Would you consider checking in with one of them? Maybe you could run an errand, but just saying hello would help. Here are some tips from the CDC to keep in mind, and a few scams to avoid. —7:42 a.m., March 17

 

Building security To keep our home safe for all of us, we ask you to refrain from buzzing in people you do not know or who you are not expecting. The vendors offering you a deal on power should not be knocking on your neighbors’ doors. Keeping out strangers will also reduce the number of packages that go missing. —8:57 a.m., March 16

 

Tax rebate deadline Today is the last day to file to receive your STAR property tax rebate. So scroll down to STAR Property Tax Rebate to find out what you need to do. —9:02 a.m., March 15

 

Price gouging The city asks that if you see price increases for items in short supply due to COVID-19, report them by calling 311 or visiting NYC.gov/dcwp. —6:34 p.m., March 14

Consumer complaints make a difference: the city has issued 550 violations and $275,000 in fines. “Price gouging” means charging more than 10 percent above the usual price. —8:54 a.m., March 19

 

Uptown cancellations Several more organizations announced today that they are closing events:
• New York Public Library: All branches closed until April. (Previously the branches were open but programs were on hiatus.)

• Morris-Jumel Mansion: Open but programs, including family day, are closed.

• Dyckman Farmhouse Museum: Open but programs are closed.

• Highbridge Recreation Center: The wildlife experience tomorrow is canceled.

• College sports are canceled.

• United Palace Theatre events are still open. —8:40 p.m., March 13

• Word Up Community Bookshop is closed until April. —6:51 a.m., March 14

• Up Theater’s opening night of A Barn Play is postponed to April 1. —7:48 p.m., March 14

Check the updated list on the WaHi Events page.

 

Weekend picks Our list is accurate as of this morning, but check with organizers before heading out to see if the event is still going on. Today you can learn about slavery in New York at an exhibition in Inwood. Colonial life for kids wasn’t all fun and games, as you can discover in Lower WaHi, right. Get out and help build bike trails in Highbridge Park on Sunday. —8:07 a.m., March 13

 

Open, closed More Uptown venues are announcing accommodations for the coronavirus. Events in the parks and at the United Palace are going on as scheduled. Programs at the Fort George and lnwood branches of the public library will be suspended starting tomorrow and through the end of the month, though the libraries will remain open. Here’s an excellent set of tips from the CDC for protecting yourself. —5:36 p.m., March 12

 

New director Leslie Thrope has agreed to take a seat on the board, filling the seat left when Ted stepped down. When you see her in the elevator, thank her for accepting the role. 7:53 a.m., March 12

 

Javits playground Fort Tryon Park’s newly reconstructed Jacob K. Javits Playground opened ths week. Go take a look at its new features and amazing views. The $3.1 mllion upgrade has a dynamic recreational area for all ages and abilities, with social seating, fitness equipment for tweens and adults, and a discovery play space for littler kids. 8:32 a.m., March 11

 

Tax rebate It’s time to finish reviewing your status for the STAR tax rebate. It’s available to owners of co-op apartments, and the rules changed this year. The application deadline is Sunday, so scroll down to STAR Property Tax Rebate to get started. —7:19 a.m., March 10

 

Film festival postponed The fifth annual lnwood Film Festival planned for this weekend will be rescheduled. Check back for other public health updates. —7:14 p.m., March 9

 

Yeshiva closure After an adjunct professor tested positive for Covid-18, Yeshiva University is closing its Wilf campus in Fort George this week,  and the Macs’ volleyball match on Thursday has been postponed. The good news is the professor had not been on campus for three weeks. At Columbia’s medical campus, some departments have cancelled classes until Wednesday. Here are some tips from the mayor’s office. —9:32 a.m., March 9

 

Spring ahead Tonight’s the night to adjust your watches, microwaves and sundials before going to bed. We set them ahead to begin daylight saving time. —4:41 p.m., March 7

 

Weekend picks Teens can test themselves against other teens at a fitness event in Lower WaHi this afternoon. The WaHi Jazz Festival is open and hosts a special concert for children on Saturday in Hudson Heights. Explore the universe from Inwood Hill Park with a telescope on Sunday night. —6:54 a.m., March 6

 

178th Street upgrade Improving pedestrian safety is one of the goals of changes along 178th between Fort Washington and Wadsworth Avenues. The Department of Transportation will share its plans tonight at 7 at the Community Board 12 meeting in Lower WaHi at 530 West 166th Street, on the sixth floor. —7:36 a.m., March 2

 

Grocery shopping Take a few nickels or a tote bag when you go to the store. Today’s the day that busnesses will start charging you 5¢ per plastic shopping bag. —11:12 a.m., March 1

 

Sunday parking With the annual Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks road race Sunday morning, keep this in mind: if you have a car and plan to drive it tomorrow, you’ll need to park east of Fort Washington Avenue today. —8:02 a.m., February 29

 

Weekend picks This afternoon two F-18 jets will cruise over the Hudson River between 2:30 and 3, flaying low at about 2,500 feet. An all-ages open mic show takes the stage tonight in Inwood. On Saturday Columbia hosts Princeton in lacrosse in Inwood. Learn how to make your cursive more elegant, or teach your children this common script in a free lesson in Lwer WaHi. —7:08 a.m., February 28

 

Board lineup Welcome, Riva, to the co-op’s leadership role. She takes the reins from Ted, who stepped down after years of service. —7:16 a.m., February 25

 

Shopping bags Finally, those canvas tote bags will come in handy. Starting Sunday you’ll need your own shopping bag or pay 5¢ for a plastic one. —8:09 a.m., February 24

 

Summer jobs Looking for work this summer? The Parks Department wants you. Anyone who’s finished high school and has a little more experience may apply to work with kids at a playground around town, even Uptown. Details here. —10:11 a.m., February 23

 

Weekend picks Listen to a fitness coach teach you how to get into the shape you want at a reading tonight in Lower WaHi. A jazz vocalist performs in a special concert tomorrow night in Hudson Heights, but if basetball is your cup of tea head to Fort George to watch the Macs’ conclude their record season, shooting to end it 24-1. On Sunday you can learn to start a fire in Inwood Hill Park. Oh, and the Inwood post office is up and running again after an internet problem. —8:54 a.m., February 21

 

ConEd construction The noise and the mess from those ConEd crews? New and improved gas lines. With all the growth, Uptown the utility has been planning to modernize its infrastructre. We’re in one of five Manhattan zones getting the upgrade, whch was planned n 2017. —6:37 a.m., February 20

 

Car washers Even if you don’t have a car to clean, as an Uptowner you’ll appreciate this story of industrious Inwood car washers. —7:22 a.m., February 19

 

RING request Our friends at the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden are facing a challenge from the city and would like your input. For much of last year GreenThumb, the part of Parks Department that controls community gardens, has been asking the gardens to sign a new license with provisions that will be difficult for the Inwood gardeners to meet. Thirty percent of gardens have balked at signing. Join a meeting on March 9 to discuss options. —4:16 p.m., February 16

 

Weekend picks Happy Valentine’s Day! Wrap up yourself and your sweetheart in the remarkable sounds of a harp and mandolin duo — or laugh with one of the all-time-great rom-coms Philadelphia Story; both tonight n Lower WaHi. Have you been hearing about the Macs? Yeshiva’s men’s basketball team, right, is smoking hot this season: they’ve won their last twenty-one games! Watch them try for No. 22 on Saturday night in Fort George. Close out the weekend listening to stories read by three women authors in Hudson Heights. —8:42 a.m., February 14

Like bikes? Tell the city where to put free bikes in this survey. It closes today, so hurry! —8:50 a.m., February 14

 

Sidewalk repairs Pedestrian ramps will be repaired or upgraded this week, so watch your step along Broadway in Hudson Heights and up and down Wadsworth Avenue in Fort George. If you’re a driver, keep in mind that during the ADA ramp construction, parking will be temporarily restricted. —6:22 a.m., February 12

 

Tax rebate It’s not too early to start reviewing your status for the STAR tax rebate. It’s available to owners of co-op apartments, and the rules are changing this year. The application deadline isn’t until March 15, but go ahead and scroll down to STAR Property Tax Rebate to get started. —8:11 a.m., February 11

 

Uptown bargains Real estate shoppers looking for the most square feet for their buck will be snooping around our streets again this year. Street Easy reports that WaHi has the lowest price per square foot in Manhattan: $652. That’s an average, of course, and since WaHi is the biggest neighborhood in the borough, there’s a tremendous variation in price between a new co-op in Fort George and an established one at Pinehurst Avenue & 183rd. The next least expensive neighborhood is Hamilton Heights, where the going rate is $773 per square foot. —10:07 a.m., February 9

 

Weekend picks Join an artists’ open mic night for all ages in Lower WaHi. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles on a birding hike tomorrow morning in Inwood Hill Park. Enjoy a chamber music performance of WaHi composer Daniel Wolfson’s music on Sunday in Hudson Heights. —7:26 a.m., February 7

 

Package security While you may think of box bandits as a holiday-season risk, the reality is that for those thieves package theft is a crime of opportunity, according to UPS. Shipping directly to your door is convenient, so take a look at our safety suggestions below, under Package Security, before you click “place my order” again. —9:48 a.m., February 5

 

WHCO on WQXR The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra will appear on New York's classical radio station, WQXR 105.9 FM next week. The group will promote its upcoming concert, Melodies Pour Out of Me, featuring music by the Dominican composer José Dolores Cerón. —7:32 a.m., February 4

 

Street closures Filming for In The Heights continues today. The crew is still in Lower WaHi, working from Amsterdam Avenue to Broadway between 174th and 176th. —7:34 a.m., February 4

 

Street closures Looks as though In the Heights needs some fine-tuning. The film is set to be released on June 26, but the producers want a few scenes re-shot, so filming will start Monday morning at 6 in Lower WaHi. Try to avoid Amsterdam and Wadsworth Avenues from 172nd to 178th Streets, and Broadway from 174th and 176th. The filming may last as late as 10 p.m. —9:53 a.m., February 2

 

GWB tolls Starting tomorrow morning at 3, an in-lane cashless tolling system will be activated at the George Washington Bridge-Palisades Interstate Parkway toll plaza. That means drivers don’t have to stop, or even slow down, to pay their tolls electronically. As the system goes into operation, be prepared for other delays, not to mention the usual constraction. —7:43 a.m., February 1

 

Weekend picks The Pinehurst’s own Tim Mulé and his Trio perform jazz tonight in Hudson Heights. In men’s college basketball, Yeshiva hosts Manhattanville on Saturday night in Fort George. Go birding for owls on Sunday night in Inwood Hill Park. —8:02 a.m., January 31

 

Package security 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. They will even deliver it after you get back. —7:23 a.m., January 29

 

Coyote sightings After reports of coyote recently, the Urban Park Rangers have installed cameras in Inwood Hill Park to monitor coyote activity. In the meantime, keep in mind that coyotes have been present in New York since the 1930s, and are known to live in Queens and the Bronx and to travel through Manhattan. Not unlike a lot of their bipedal neighbors. If you see a coyote, don’t feed it! And keep your pet on a leash. Here’s more info. —7:23 a.m., January 27

 

Wine list A cellar stocked with “natural” vintages and reasonable prices landed an Inwood wine bar on a list of New York’s top 25. You can find Tannat on Broadway between Arden and Thayer Streets. —9:25 a.m., Jnauary 26

 

Weekend picks Pre-schoolers can play with others in the neighborhood during storytime at the library in Fort George this morning. An artist discusses his installation reflecting on slavery in Inwood on Saturday. Marjorie Eliot plays parlor jazz on Sunday. —7:44 a.m., Jnauary 24

 

Package security We’ve been detailing a handful of ways to protect your packages. Another option is Amazon’s Ring. You’ll get a video of the people at your door, but of course you never know what else you’ll capture. For other tips, scroll down to Package Security. —6:38 a.m., Jnauary 21

 

Day of giving Honor the legacy of MLK by giving back. In Uptown, you can help make our parks greener and safer at a volunteer gardening morning today in Inwood Hill Park. Details here. —7:51 a.m., January 20

 

Lifeguard training NYC Parks needs strong swimmers to join free lifeguard training for the summer. Test spots can be found here. Training starts this month, and qualifying lifeguards earn at least $15 an hour. The city’s eight beaches open Memorial Day weekend, and the 53 outdoor pools open in late June; all close the week after Labor Day. —8:25 a.m., January 19

 

Weather woes You already know about the travel advisory and the suspension of alternate-side parking today. Please consider checking in on neighbors who don’t get around as easily as you and ask if you could help with an errand. That’s the spirit that makes the Pinehurst not just a building, but a home. —9:06 a.m., January 18

 

Weekend picks High schoolers compete in track & field tonight in Lower WaHi. Learn about medievel arms and armour at a demonstration on Saturday in Fort Tryon Park. Close out your weekend with a concert in Hudson Heights featuring the double bass. —7:09 a.m., January 17

 

Mansion mention We’re smiling at having our Kids’ Calendar included on the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s page of activities in the community. There are plenty of other resources there too, so be sure to visit, both online and in person! —5:44 p.m., January 15

 

Package security If you’re still looking for ways to protect your deliveries, consider some of these:

• Have your package held at the post office for pickup.

• 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.

     We have more suggestions below, under “Package Security.” —8:12 a.m., January 13

 

2020 market Demand for apartments below $1 million will continue to remain strong as the new buildings that will open this year are in the luxury range. Brooklyn will get 10,663 apartments in 393 new buildings in 2020. Queens will see 6,290 more apartments in 146 buildings, and Manhattan 5,426 apartments in 95 buildings. —9:32 a.m., January 12

 

Weekend picks Historically black colleges compete in track & field tonight in the Armory. Help spread mulched Christmas trees around the living trees Uptown on Saturday. Celebrate the birthday of Uptown's favorite political son, Alexander Hamilton, above, on Sunday in Lower WaHi. —9:37 a.m., January 10

 

Package security In Denver, porch pirates have been so active since 2015 that the number of packages they’ve stolen has increased 68 percent. Here are some tips from the Denver Police Department for protecting your deliveries, and our own set of ideas is below, under Package Security. —7:46 a.m., January 7

 

Top book The most popular book for checkout at the NYPL’s Fort Washington Library in 2019 was Becoming, by Michelle Obama. You can visit the branch in Fort George on 179th Street between St. Nicholas and Amsterdam Avenues. —10:31 a.m., January 5

 

Weekend picks There’s an open mic for teens tonight in Lower WaHi. The Cloisters hosts a tour just for families tomorrow. Take a hike looking for birds on Sunday. —8:46 a.m., January 3

 

Best wishes Here’s to a happy and prosperous new year! —9:44 a.m., January 1

 

Condo taxes Here’s another reason to be glad you live in a pre-war co-op instead of a modern condo: taxes. Some condos built in the early 2000s received a special tax break, and it’s expiring at the end of next year. That means their value will decrease as the tax goes up on about 5,000 apartments across town, including more than 1,200 on the Upper West Side. The change could be another reason co-op prices increase. —7:36 a.m., December 11

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