Help farmers feed those in need


The Riverdale Y’s Sunday Market wants to give back to those who might be hungry with a food drive set for Aug. 2.

Give Back NY is a statewide effort at various farmer’s markets to help stock some of the shelves of food pantries for those who might be going hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Sunday Market will accept donations during regular hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the market’s new home of the Riverdale Temple parking lot, 4545 Independence Ave.

Shoppers can help by purchasing food from vendors at the market for donation, or giving money to food programs to help them in their mission.

Farmers and vendors also will have a chance to give, making donations to food pantries at the end of the day.

Even for those who want to give, but may not have a chance to shop at the market, they can bring “shelf-stable” products to the market to donate.

To learn more about the drive and the Sunday Market, email Shira Silverman at


City Planning Commission returns

The City Planning Commission will get back to business with remote meetings beginning in August. The hope, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, is to get real estate developments back on track that have been paused, for the most part, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The relaunch of the meetings come at the same time the city has unveiled a new online platform, NYC Engage, which provides information about upcoming meetings, and how people can participate online.

The new portal is available at

The commission will start with projects that are not subject to Uniform Land Use Review Procedures, and those already under review before March 16.