It took days of back-and-forth. But on Sunday, March 15, the announcement was made: Public schools in New York City were closing until at least the end of April. And hopefully, by then, the pandemic involving the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be a part of classrooms’ history lessons.
In a period of just over two weeks, New York City businesses have had to think fast as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio moved to enforce social distancing in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the city.
Weeks before life turned upside-down for everyone, life changed dramatically for the residents of 215 W. 242nd St. A one-alarm fire broke out on the morning of March 6, bringing everyone out of their apartments — some out of a home entirely.
When Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down New York last month to essential businesses only, he didn't close off U.S. Postal Service deliveries. Yet, in recent days, many living within the 10463 ZIP code (and others) haven't been getting mail, or having it picked up. The culprit is probably no surprise: the coronavirus.
There are now more than 1 million confirmed cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19. And by nearly every news account available, when it comes to accusations of a country that's handling it the worst, fingers are pointed directly at the United States.
March began with trepidation, then transformed into mass confusion, and finally fear. The world outside looked bleak because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it wasn't much different inside at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, especially with visitors barred from the 5901 Palisade Ave., campus since March 16. Enter Billy Crystal. Well, through a little bit of YouTube technology.
Keeping social distance is vital to bring the coronavirus crisis under some sort of control. But what Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeing in New York City playgrounds, however, is not what he feels will "flatten the curve" when it comes to infections.
No groups are congregating outside the Henry Hudson Parkway synagogue for The Bayit right now, but once the coronavirus crisis passes, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale leaders want to be ready to keep those people safe.
Moving out of college is typically a time of mixed feelings — nostalgia for the good times, and optimism for the road ahead. Normally, it tends to happen at the end of the semester, but these are not normal times. After Manhattan College decided to close its campus for the rest of the semester March 17, administrators told students they had until March 27 to clear their dorms.
Jacqui Harari and her American Studies softball teammates had just finished a preseason scrimmage against Bronx Science back on March 11, and the senior outfielder was stoked for what was expected to be a special season for the Senators.
EVERYTHING IS CLOSED
It hasn’t taken long for things to settle into a new — if temporary — reality not just around the world, but closer to home, as the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 moves its way through. That reality is, mostly, receiving a lot of emails about canceled events. Purim parties, political protests, book clubs and community dinners have all been postponed or called off all together.
Schools, offices, and restaurants are all trying to adapt to new rules set by New York’s governor and mayor as they try to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. There are some things that aren’t so concrete, however. While students will log into Google Classroom or attend lectures on the online conferencing app Zoom, and office workers check emails from home, there are entire movements also shifting online.
Commuters in this part of the Bronx have fought to keep express bus service and dealt with frequent interruptions on the 1 train. Last month ended with a quieter victory for Bronx commuters, however: a lower fare on in-city Metro-North trips.
A classroom is sometimes synonymous with boredom. After a certain amount of time, students drift away from the material and doodle in their notebooks, look out the window, or even begin to fall asleep. Most teachers would chide their students and tell them to pay attention.
More often than I would like, I find myself leaving our North Riverdale office quite late in the evening. If you’ve never been around Skyview Shopping Center near West 259th Street after midnight, it’s an interesting experience. What’s typically a busy Riverdale Avenue becomes eerily quiet.
The father of an SAR High School student who was one of New York's first confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is finally on his way home.
Wednesday, March 11, was the last normal day T.J. Stuart can remember. All was right with his world that day as Stuart, a Manhattan College senior right-hander, was set to pitch against Sacred Heart University in a road game in Fairfield, Connecticut.
On Saturday, March 21, 2020, Robert J. Trick of New Rochelle, passed away. He was 96.
A woman taking a look at her bank account balance was shocked to find it quite a bit lower than she remembered. When she got home and was able to check online, she found that just over $4,000 had been swiped from her checking account, police said, and she surely hadn’t spent it.
Jessica Haller, who is trying to succeed Andrew Cohen to represent this community on the city council, isn’t alone about taking her campaign virtual.