Tackling systemic racism takes center stage

The death of George Floyd sparked what is now recognized as one of the largest movements for civil rights since the marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the 1960s. And several organizations at Manhattan College are leading the charge locally, hoping to make the school more welcoming to students and faculty who identify as Black, Indigenous and people of color — also known as BIPOC.

SAR still in middle of fight to expand the CVA

Late last summer, thousands of people across New York state were granted something they thought would never be offered: A chance for justice.

Hair salons yet another business needing to adapt

Sokol Delaj has spent the past months of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown making a few house calls when he could to certain older clients, styling hair in backyards or even parks. But even that wasn’t enough for Delaj to get by — especially in the long term.

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Key Food closes — When it will reopen, no one knows

It’s not like it was free of issues before, but few expected the Key Food supermarket at 5661 Riverdale Ave., to be shuttered on a seemingly random morning. Yet, that’s exactly what happened to the long-embattled North Riverdale grocery store Monday morning when would-be customers were greeted with large banners declaring the store had indeed closed.

With bars closed to live music, performers migrate online

The best bars and cafes have live music. Greenwich Village’s Café Wha?, Au Café de Paris in the French capital’s Pigalle neighborhood, The New York Palace Café in Budapest, and, naturally, An Beal Bocht Café on West 238th Street.

Keeping neighborhood together a pic at a time

Mom and pop shops are the lifeblood of tight-knit communities. Riverdale Avenue, Broadway, West 231st Street and Johnson Avenue are among the many centers of social interaction in the area, and a place where one can always find a familiar face.

Farmer's market coming to Clinton HS in August

Soon, the Sunday Market won’t be alone anymore. Longtime educator and lover of just about anything that grows out of the ground, Raymond Pultinas, is ready to open a Saturday version of the popular farmer’s market. But it’s going to try a location that hasn’t necessarily been a hot spot in recent memory of fresh produce — DeWitt Clinton High School.

As city reopens, senior citizens still rely on COVID-19 food help

When Jessica Haller decided to run for city council, she framed her campaign on the environment — with sustainable neighborhoods her main focus. But nobody could have expected what 2020 had in store.

Big tech, even bigger heart, provides shields to Hatzalah

Bernie Moerdler knew he’d want to help — so he found a pattern for 3-D printing reusable plastic face shields — which are typically used alongside masks to protect health care workers from the coughing and sneezing of sick (and contagious) patients, and started giving them to those on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus, lack of attendance closes St. John's School

While state and city officials discuss if and when public schools will open in the fall, it's clear that one parochial school definitely will not. St. John's School in Kingsbridge is one of 20 New York schools that were shut down by the Archdiocese of New York — closures church officials say will impact more than 2,500 students and 350 staff members.

Villaverde loses CB8 chair vote, but wins resolution

Even Community Board 8 deserves a break. And like in past years, it’s getting it with a summer hiatus that not only allows its nearly 50 members a chance to recharge their batteries, but also a chance to reset the board itself.

Trying to understand work, numbers of contact tracing

Contract tracers from New York’s Test & Trace Corps hit the streets, and throughout this past month have reached out to more than 7,500 people who tested positive for the coronavirus. Their goal? To find others who might also have been infected, and to contain an outbreak before it spreads.

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Dr. Ruth really has nothing but praise

At 92 years old in the age of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer considers herself an endangered species. But the famed sex therapist has done her part to stay away from other people, and otherwise keep herself safe.

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Documenting nature's beauty here in Riverdale's Park

Riverdale is full of parks. Some are quite large, like the 114 acres of Riverdale Park, while others are relatively small, like the less than 2 acres that make up Brust Park, probably known primarily by those who live in its proximity.

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Rounding up the college graduates

Ileana Glyptis of Riverdale was one of 480 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, last month.