Primary election night is notoriously exciting — a late night for candidates to pile into local bars and party with volunteers and campaign workers until the wee hours while supporters stare at their television screens awaiting results.
The months and weeks leading up to New York’s Democratic primaries were filled with twists and turns as state officials struggled to find balance between keeping New Yorkers safe from the coronavirus pandemic and not hampering turnout in a critical summer political event.
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.
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.
Hopefully those who are enjoying a chance to finally eat out don't mind that the state will continue taking that term quite literally. New York City enters the third phase of its coronavirus reopening on Monday, but it will do so with restaurants only being allowed to offer outdoor dining.
In the 12 days leading up to July 1, when the new budget fiscal year was slated to begin in New York City, a crowd of protesters occupied City Hall Park on Centre Street in Manhattan in an effort to pressure the city council and Mayor Bill de Blasio to defund the New York Police Department.
For years, a sign above the West 231st Street headquarters of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club has featured the name of elected officials representing the Bronx. It includes names like borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, and even at the lowest elected levels, Eric Dinowitz and Randi Martos as Democratic district leaders.
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.
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.
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.
The city council passed a package of laws earlier this month aimed at creating new regulatory guidelines for the New York Police Department. The package included a legal ban on the use of chokeholds — a bill first introduced after Eric Garner of Staten Island was killed in 2014 where such a maneuver was reportedly used.
Unlike some other parts of New York City, Riverdale and its surrounding neighborhoods offer a number of outdoor spaces and trails for those looking for some fresh air and exercise can take advantage of. And one of those regular stops — at least before the coronavirus pandemic world — was Wave Hill, overlooking the Hudson River from its Palisade Avenue home.
There may be 525,600 minutes in a year, but for many who have had to stay home through the coronavirus pandemic, it might feel more like 525,600 years. Few have probably felt that deeper than the young actors of the Riverdale Rising Stars program who, up until the beginning of spring, were in the final stretch to bring their version of the rock musical “Rent” to stage.
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.
When the Hebrew Home at Riverdale shut its doors to visitors March 11, Michael Stoller wondered if he would ever see his 93-year-old mother Renee again.
We are saddened by the passing of Grace “Gigi” Williams on May 11, 2020.
We all know medical supplies have been a little hard to find these last few months — masks, gloves and face shields have all been in short supply — but one thief decided to take matters into his own hands June 14.
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.
Ileana Glyptis of Riverdale was one of 480 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, last month.