This is an ongoing list of cancellations, postponements and venue changes for the greater Riverdale/Kingsbridge/Marble Hill area, because of the ongoing issues with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
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This list is updated on a regular basis. Last update was May 31 at 6 a.m.
• Alternate-side parking is suspended until Sunday, June 7.
At that time, Mayor Bill de Blasio will explore whether to extend that suspension. Anyone who has received a ticket while in mandatory or self-quarantine before the suspension has started have the ability to appeal such a ticket. Details are available by clicking here.
• Free breakfast, lunch and dinner is available for anyone in need, whether they have children in public school students or not, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the following locations:
No one picking up food will be asked for ID, and parents or guardians are permitted to pick up food for their children.
For more information, or for more of 400-plus locations offering food to kids, visit Schools.nyc.gov.
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• Diagnostic testing is now open to anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms, or who meets other criteria established by the state's health department.
Local sites include:
For a full searchable list of diagnostic testing sites, click here.
• The state tax filing deadline has moved from April 15 to July 15, to correspond with federal changes in when taxes must be filed.
• Except for those meetings specifically canceled, committee meetings for Community Board 8 are continuing as scheduled, but will be conducted via conference call or through online video conferencing on platforms like Zoom. Visit NYC.gov/CB8 for updates.
Community board staff members will work remotely, with all in-person meetings and interactions canceled.
• The Bronx Museum introduces virtual content — including art studios, guided tours and artist interviews.
For more information, visit BronxMuseum.org.
• Nina Velazques presents "Come Draw With Me," a drawing series devoted to family activities via Facebook.
Check her page for updates at tinyurl.com/CommunityDraws.
• BJ's Wholesale stores, including the one located at 184 W. 237th St., opens an hour earlier each day for members who are 60 or older. That means from 8 to 9 a.m., those who might be most vulnerable to the coronavirus can visit stores using a special entrance.
• The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., is closed. However, the organization opens its virtual gates to let visitors engage with the garden and its programs from the comfort of their homes.
For more information, visit NYBG.org.
• Riverdale Judaica, 3706 Riverdale Ave., offers free delivery for orders above $50, as Passover approaches. For more information, call (718) 601-7563.
• Lehman College Art Gallery, 250 Bedford Park Blvd., W., hosts remote Sunday family programs via the online video conferencing app Zoom.
For more information, visit LehmanGallery.org.
• Several senior citizen centers are preparing meals to give to seniors as a grab-and-go in the area. They include:
Officials at the centers ask that anyone wishing to stop by to please call ahead first.
• All schools have closed their campuses, although select schools — including Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent — are providing virtual classes.
Regional enrichment centers are opened for children of first responders, health care workers, and children of the community's "most vulnerable."
• The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is no longer scheduled shared rides for Access-A-Ride. Those needing transportation through the service will still be allowed to travel with a personal care attendant and approved guest, however.
• New York City courts have suspended non-essential court proceedings, including all evictions proceedings and pending eviction orders.
• The state's Department of Motor Vehicles is open by appointment only.
• All local public libraries are closed.
• RSS-Riverdale Senior Services, like all senior centers in the city, is closed, affecting all programming and congregate meals. However, a limited number of members are able to pick up meals from the center, located at 2600 Netherland Ave. RSS needs volunteers to help distribute or even deliver meals to those in need.
Social workers and other limited staff are available for members by calling (718) 884-5900, and leaving a detailed message. Some support groups may take place via conference call, while others could go online, like a video of a tai chi class.
• The Van Cortlandt House Museum on Broadway, near the entrance of Van Cortlandt Park, is closed until further notice. This includes all public programs, tours and field trips.
The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York, which operates the museum, still offers virtual tours through the museum's website at VCHM.org.
• The Red Door Concert series, a set of musical events at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway W., are canceled until further notice. For more information, visit RiverdalePC.org.
• One Yoga For All hosts yoga classes via the online video conference app Zoom.
For more information, visit OneYogaForAll.com.
• The Riverside and Riverdale Learn 'n Play Daycare Centers, 251 W. 254th St., remains open, and is expanding child care services to first responders, health care workers, and those who must work away from home. For more information, call (718) 548-0848.
• The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance has canceled all of its programs until further notice. During this time, the group's staff members will work from home and be available via email to answer any questions. Van Cortlandt Park, along with other city parks, remain open, and the group continues to accept applications for its summer teen internship program through April 26.
• Councilman Andrew Cohen has closed his constituent office, but his staff continues to answer emails and phone calls. His office can be emailed at email@example.com, or called at (718) 549-7300.
• U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel has closed his Washington and district offices, but will continue to have his staff return calls and emails to constituents as quickly as possible. Emails can be sent to Engel.house.gov/email/, while calls can be made to (202) 225-2464.
• Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz has closed his offices, limiting constituent services to email and telephone only. His office will not be open for any in-person services or notaries. The Assemblyman's office can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (718) 796-5345.
• The Riverdale Neighborhood House and Riverdale Community Center have halted all programs. No teachers and other program leaders will be on-site, although work will be done to provide support for students and their families remotely.
• Platforms hosted by the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture move online using the Zoom application. For more information on how to connect with the app, call (718) 548-4445.
• All shows at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Blvd., have been postponed. The box office can be reached at (718) 960-8833.
• The Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave., in the South Bronx, has closed its facilities and canceled all scheduled events and on-site educational programs. The center's galleries, photobook library and labs also are closed.
• The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd,, is closed until further notice.
• All programs have been canceled at Wave Hill, 675 W. 252nd St., and the grounds themselves have been closed.
• Urban Studio Unbound, 16 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, will keep its doors open for an exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Satish Joshi's tenure in the United States. For more information, visit UrbanStudioUnbound.org.
• The Bronx County Bar Association, its library and referral service is closed.
According to the city's health department, COVID-19 is described as a new onset of fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat that cannot be attributed to an underlying or previously recognized condition.
In children, fever with sore throat may be attributable to conditions other than COVID-19 (like strep throat), and parents should consult with a health care provider to rule out any other causes.
Several commercial and hospital-based laboratories are offering COVID-19 testing, although the health department discourages anyone showing mild illness symptoms who can safely manage at home from being tested, unless a diagnosis may impact patient management. This will help minimize possible exposure to health care workers, other patients, and the public, while reducing the demand for personal protective equipment.
Those who are not hospitalized but who have possible or confirmed COVID-19 should isolate themselves in a private residence until seven days following the onset of illness, and 72 hours after their last fever, without the help of any medication to reduce it.
Those who are self-quarantining should not attend work or school, and should avoid public settings and other situations that may permit close contact with others.
Social distancing may have the greatest impact on minimizing transmission, health department officials add. People should stay home unless they need to go out, and should act as if they've been exposed to the virus, thus monitoring their vitals and looking for symptoms.
Testing is now available to anyone who needs a test, meeting this specific criteria:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order essentially shutting down the state to all activity except for that which is deemed "essential" is in effect. This means that any non-essential business or group must have no one working on site, and that people should stay home unless they absolutely have somewhere to go.
As part of Cuomo's executive order, a number of businesses and organizations have been deemed "essential." They include:
• Health care operations like research and laboratory services, hospitals, walk-in care health facilities, emergency veterinary and livestock services, elder care, medical wholesale and distribution, home health care workers or aides for the elderly, doctor and emergency dental, nursing homes, residential health care facilities, congregate care facilities, and medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers.
• Infrastructure like utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission; public water and wastewater; telecommunications and data centers; airports and airlines; transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail or for-hire vehicles and garages; hotels and other places of accommodation.
• Manufacturing, including food processing, manufacturing agents for all foods and beverages, chemicals, medical equipment and instruments, pharmaceuticals. sanitary products, telecommunications, microelectronics and semi-conductor, agriculture and farms, and household paper products.
• Retail including grocery stores (and all food and beverage stores), pharmacies, convenience stores, farmer's markets, gas stations, restaurants and bars (for takeout and delivery only), and hardware and building material stores.
• Services including trash and recycling collection, mail and shipping services, laundromats, building cleaning and maintenance, child care services, auto repair, warehouse distribution and fulfillment, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, storage for essential businesses, and animal shelters.
• News media
• Financial institutions, including banks, insurance, payroll, accounting, and services related to financial markets.
• Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations, including homeless shelters and congregate care facilities, food banks, human services providers whose function include the direct care of patients.
• Construction, including skilled trades such as electricians and plumbing, and other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes.
• Defense, including national security-related operations supporting the U.S. government, or a contractor to the U.S. government.
• Services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of homes or other essential businesses, like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, building code enforcement, security, emergency management and response, building cleaners or janitors, general maintenance, automotive repair, disinfection.
• Vendors who provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services. And also including logistics, technology support for online services, child care programs and services, government-owned or leased buildings, and essential government services.
Although houses of worship are not ordered closed, it is strongly recommended that no congregate services be held, and social distance is maintained.
Even for those businesses and entities deemed "essential," Cuomo's order urges the maintenance of "social distance" of at least six feet between people.
U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel has compiled some additional resources for those looking for more information or materials related to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
• New York's coronavirus hotline is available at (888) 364-3065, and provides general information about the coronavirus, as well as test information. Other questions can be directed to 311.
• Free mental health services — including emotional support, consultation, and referral to a provider — is available at (844) 863-9314. Anyone seeking immediate mental health services during the outbreak can text "Well" to 65173*, or call (888) 692-9355.
• Students looking for electronic devices for remote learning can fill out a form available by clicking here.
• Want to donate blood? Call (800) 933-2566 to make an appointment.
• Text "COVID" to 692-692 for COVID-19-related updates sent to your phone. To get updates in Spanish, text "COVIDESP."
Here are stories about COVID-19 that have appeared in The Riverdale Press. Please note that stories are accurate as to the date of publication, and that some information may have changed since these stories were published.
• Engel pushes for federal co-op relief (May 31, 2020)
• With June 8 nearing, de Blasio outlines reopening plan's first phase (May 31, 2020)
• Small businesses search for COVID-19 solutions (May 31, 2020)
• Lehman honors graduate claimed by COVID-19 (May 31, 2020)
• Euiction freeze is nice, but some want rent freeze, too (May 31, 2020)
• COVID numbers can be scary, but what do they mean? (May 31, 2020)
• Engel not ashamed about escaping to DC during pandemic (May 30, 2020)
• As reopening looms, NYC to focus on COVID hotspots (May 29, 2020)
• COVID-affected renters may get a little help from state lawmakers (May 28, 2020)
• Cuomo: Memorial Day weekend went better than expected (May 28, 2020)
• Could NYC reopen this week? That's anyone's guess (May 26, 2020)
• Essential workers of all kinds settle into some new routines (May 24, 2020)
• After further review, Hebrew Home leads Bronx COVID deaths (May 24, 2020)
• City steps carefully as Bronx fights to catch up (May 24, 2020)
• Schools get tested on when — and how — to reopen (May 24, 2020)
• No stage, yet soprano finds hope in shrunken world (May 24, 2020)
• In face of growing COVID troubles, Dems seek answers (May 24, 2020)
• City bus improvement plan halted by pandemic, cuts (May 24, 2020)
• Bill de Blasio's plan to beat heat: free A/C (May 24, 2020)
• Health department gives Hebrew Home clean bill of health (May 22, 2020)
• New COVID-related syndrome keeps schools closed over summer (May 22, 2020)
• Not many swimming choices for NYC residents Memorial Day weekend (May 22, 2020)
• Hebrew Home re-classifies 28 other deaths as COVID-related (May 18, 2020)
• COVID-19 testing now open to anyone with symptoms (May 18, 2020)
• Head to the beach for Memorial Day — but stay away from the pools (May 18, 2020)
• As more regions open, NYC inches closer to lockdown end (May 18, 2020)
• Nursing homes: Numbers don't tell whole story (May 17, 2020)
• The pandemic, grief, and bitter irony of six feet (May 17, 2020)
• Flower shop among many businesses fighting to blossom (May 17, 2020)
• Remnants of the Class of 2020: Grieving for more than coronavirus (May 17, 2020)
• Nahmias distillery has something on tap: sanitizer (May 17, 2020)
• COVID shut down your Malaysian plant? Call Engel (May 17, 2020)
• Editorial: Out of touch legislation (May 16, 2020)
• Bronx, NYC not ready to re-open quite yet (May 15, 2020)
• Report: Engel stays far away from New York, pandemic (May 15, 2020)
• de Blasio advocates new coronavirus aid package (May 14, 2020)
• Alternate-side parking returns for one week (May 11, 2020)
• Kosher meals arrive at 'grab-and-go- PS 24 site (May 11, 2020)
• Faith leaders find strength in community (May 10, 2020)
• Nearly 5,000 have died in facilities across New York (May 10, 2020)
• Eviction moratorium extended, tenants can use security deposits (May 8, 2020)
• Yankees skipper pays visit to Hebrew Home — virtually (May 8, 2020)
• Most new COVID cases come from people staying home (May 8, 2020)
• Plaza, Citadel lead Bronx in COVID-19 nursing home deaths (May 5, 2020)
• Doing good beyond just slinging slices (May 3, 2020)
• Long commute turns into long-distance friendship (May 3, 2020)
• Raising little ones during a pandemic? Oh boy! (May 3, 2020)
• Electeds gather for updates on hospitals, mail (May 3, 2020)
• Tie a ribbon 'round the young city tree (May 3, 2020)
• Editorial: Cuomo left out some details (May 2, 2020)
• Methodist Home joins growing list of nursing homes hit with COVID-19 (April 30, 2020)
• Six COVID-19 deaths reported at Schervier nursing home (April 27, 2020)
• Cuomo hopes for 'new normal' by end of May (April 27, 2020)
• Independent pharmacies set to become coronavirus testing centers (April 27, 2020)
• Emergency workers help out essential workers (April 26, 2020)
• As COVID cases plateau, state scraps Vannie hospital (April 26, 2020)
• Branching out from the garden to the backyard (April 26, 2020)
• Editorial: Biz big-Wait your turn (April 25, 2020)
• As many as 2.7M could be infected with coronavirus in New York (April 23, 2020)
• Cuomo: Bankrupting states will crash national economy (April 23, 2020)
• AG sets up hotline to report COVID-related issues at nursing homes (April 23, 2020)
• Crime dropping in the 5-0 as precinct recovers from COVID-19 (April 23, 2020)
• RiverFest canceled as coronavirus lockdown continues (April 21, 2020)
• Biaggi, Yang stand up for better-tipped employee wages (April 19, 2020)
• Can't pay rent? Dinowitz wants to help (April 19, 2020)
• Nurses say no masks, gloves only the beginning (April 19, 2020)
• Editorial: Now is just not the time (April 18, 2020)
• Queens, Bronx lead in COVID-19 nursing home deaths (April 18, 2020)
• Coronavirus shutdown extended, but Cuomo shares hope of progress (April 17, 2020)
• NYPD honors COVID-fallen officers with mourning bands, half-mast flags (April 16, 2020)
• Fallen senate leader Skelos wins release after coronavirus diagnosis (April 16, 2020)
• Mayor says schools closed, governor says not so fast (April 13, 2020)
• Lehman study: Coronavirus can spread through ventilation systems (April 12, 2020)
• Testing for antibodies in L.A., could help restart New York (April 12, 2020)
• Neighbors reach out to help, and find help themselves (April 12, 2020)
• City may be closed, but hearts are open (April 12, 2020)
• COVID-19 field hospital coming to Vannie (April 12, 2020)
• Where has all the mail gone? Blame it on the coronavirus (April 12, 2020)
• Editorial: Tale of two pandemic leaders (April 11, 2020)
• COVID-19 kills more Latinos, blacks than anyone else (April 9, 2020)
• Defense contractor behind Vannie field hospital, not Montefiore (April 9, 2020)
• Grant program offer $500K to local businesses (April 9, 2020)
• Discovering pretty quickly how much coronavirus hits home (April 9, 2020)
• Mosaic's 'teletherapy' efforts featured on CBS News (April 6, 2020)
• Editorial: Cuomo, Main Street need a helping hand from Albany (April 5, 2020)
• FEMA to open 200-bed hospital at Van Cortlandt Park (April 5, 2020)
• Seeking a path forward during a crisis (April 5, 2020)
• KHCC enters a strange, new quiet world (April 5, 2020)
• Slow mail delivery? Blame the coronavirus (April 3, 2020)
• Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro among celebs making Hebrew Home smile (April 3, 2020)
• Taking a different look on how U.S. copes with coronavirus (April 3, 2020)
• Cuomo closes New York City's playgrounds (April 2, 2020)
• Lawyer at center of local coronavirus outbreak goes home (March 29, 2020)
• State lawmakers move to keep Albany open during coronavirus (March 29, 2020)
• Cuomo: Another two weeks — at least — for state's non-essential shutdown (March 29, 2020)
• Manhattan College slows down move-outs after outcry (March 29, 2020)
• COVID-19 hits hard, restaurants ask for help . (March 26, 2020)
• Teachers support each other, students . (March 26, 2020)
• Social justice moves online in new coronavirus reality (March 26, 2020)
• Editorial: Trusted companion, threatened (March 25, 2020)
• MTA implementing dramatic cuts to bus, train service . (March 25, 2020)
• Dinowitz to landlords: Please forgive rents for COVID-19 victims who can't pay . (March 25, 2020)
• Society has stopped for the coronavirus, but does it have to? (March 23, 2020)
• Biaggi, Dinowitz work to save voting during coronavirus pandemic . (March 23, 2020)
• de Blasio wants park-goers to take responsibility for own health (March 22, 2020)
• Is New York missing out on $6B in coronavirus aid? (March 22, 2020)
• NYC has 24 hours to develop new social distancing plan (March 22, 2020)
• No plans to close Key Food ... at least for now (March 22, 2020)
• Editorial: Don't ignore collateral damage (March 21, 2020)
• Trump: New York is now a major disaster area (March 21, 2020)
• Beginning Monday, only use the back door on buses (March 21, 2020)
• Beginning Monday: Breakfast, lunch, dinner is free for every child (March 20, 2020)
• NYPD: 52 officers have tested positive for COVID-19 (March 20, 2020)
• New York is closed for business ... completely (March 20, 2020)
• Cuomo issues directive calling for 90-day mortgage payment moratorium (March 20, 2020)
• Rodriguez, Williams want more coronavirus shutdowns across New York City (March 20, 2020)
• Mayor shutters public schools in effort to slow virus (March 20, 2020)
• Businesses close as economic catastrophe looms (March 20, 2020)
• Lehman prof sets example for the city's public schools (March 20, 2020)
• Coronavirus not enough to stop this campaign (March 20, 2020)
• Biaggi wants Rikers Island protected from COVID-19 (March 19, 2020)
• Corey Johnson pushes $12B COVID-19 relief plan (March 19, 2020)
• Cuomo signs COVID-19 paid leave bill into law (March 18, 2020)
• Schumer: Coronavirus relief bill could bring $6B to New York (March 18, 2020)
• A Letter from the Publisher (March 18, 2020)
• Look bleak? No, there's always hope (March 18, 2020)
• de Blasio temporarily halts alternate-side parking enforcement (March 17, 2020)
• Feds loosen small business loan qualifications for coronavirus losses (March 17, 2020)
• Restaurants, bars, cafes limited to take-out, delivery only (March 15, 2020)
• Mayor de Blasio: Public schools closed until April 20 (March 15, 2020)
• State senators call on courts to freeze evictions during COVID-19 outbreak (March 13, 2020)
• SAR: 29 confirmed cases affiliated with schools (March 12, 2020)
• Press Points: James targets virus price gougers (March 12, 2020)
• Mount student tests positive for coronavirus, shutting down campus (March 10, 2020)
• Horace Mann, Riverdale Country School close over coronavirus concerns (March 9, 2020)
• Political Arena: Rivera not a fan of Albany's coronavirus bill (March 5, 2020)
• Editorial: No one wants to get sick, but this is no time to panic (March 5, 2020)
• Press Points: MTA taking extra measures against coronavirus outbreak (March 5, 2020)
• SAR closes campuses over coronavirus fears (March 3, 2020)
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