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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. 

If you have something that you would like to be considered for this list, or if there is something missing, please reach out to us at newsroom@riverdalepress.com.

This list is updated on a regular basis. Last update was March 26 at 5 a.m.

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• Lehman College on Bedford Park Boulevard is now an official drive-thru testing site for the coronavirus.  Testing at this site is being done by appointment only, with said appointments made by calling (888) 364-3065.

Any walk-ups, according to Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, will be turned away.

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• The state tax filing deadline has moved from April 15 to July 15, to correspond with federal changes in when taxes must be filed.

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• 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

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• The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture presents "Why We Need Immigrants," a lecture by Milt Steinberg, on Sunday, March 29 at 11 a.m., via Zoom.

For more information, visit RYSEC.org

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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. 

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Free breakfast, lunch and dinner is available for every child under 18, whether they are public school students or not, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the following locations:

  • P.S. 86 at 2756 Reservoir Ave.
  • P.S. 207 at 3030 Godwin Terrace
  • Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy at 660 W. 237th St.

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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• The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., is closed until March 31. 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.

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Dunkin' locations will remain open as the company deems it stores "essential" under state guidelines. That means the various locations will offer drive-thru ordering, carry-out and delivery, but may be operating on reduced hours.

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Riverdale Judaica, 3706 Riverdale Ave., offers free delivery for orders above $50, as Passover approaches. For more information, call (718) 601-7563.

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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.

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• Several senior citizen centers are preparing meals to give to seniors as a grab-and-go in the area. They include:

  • Riverdale Senior Services, 2600 Netherland Ave., (718) 884-5900
  • Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, 3450 DeKalb Av., (718) 882-4000
  • Van Cortlandt Jewish Center, 3880 Sedgwick Ave., (718) 549-4700
  • The Riverdale Y, 5626 Arlington Ave., (347) 913-4390

Officials at the centers ask that anyone wishing to stop by to please call ahead first.

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• All schools have closed their campuses, although select schools — including Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent — are providing or will provide virtual classes. 

Regional enrichment centers are opened for children of first responders, health care workers, and children of the community's "most vulnerable." 

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• 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. 

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New York City courts have suspended non-essential court proceedings, including all evictions proceedings and pending eviction orders. 

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• The state's Department of Motor Vehicles is open by appointment only. 

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• All local public libraries are closed.

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Alternate-side parking has been suspended until March 31. 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.

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RSS-Riverdale Senior Services, like all senior centers in the city, is closed, affecting all programming and congregate meals. However, beginning Wednesday, a limited number of members will be 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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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One Yoga For All hosts yoga classes via the online video conference app Zoom.

For more information, visit OneYogaForAll.com.

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Bronx Alehouse, 216 W. 238th St., has closed its doors temporarily.

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Greek Express, 3733 Riverdale Ave., remains open for delivery.

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Starbucks, 3503 Johnson Ave., is closed through March 31.

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The Passover Store, 5681 Riverdale Ave., is now open.

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• 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.

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Moss Cafe, 3260 Johnson Ave., is temporarily closed.

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Buunni Coffee at 3702 Riverdale Ave., has placed its events on hiatus for the remainder of the month.

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• 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.

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• Councilman Andrew Cohen has closed his constituent office, but his staff continues to answer emails and phone calls. His office can be emailed at district11@council.nyc.gov, or called at (718) 549-7300.

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• 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.

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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 dinowitzj@nyassembly.gov, or by calling (718) 796-5345.

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• 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. 

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• 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.

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• 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.

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• The Bronx Council on the Arts has postponed its Bronx Memoir Project workshops scheduled for March 28 until further notice. 

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• 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. 

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The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd,, is closed until further notice.

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• All programs have been canceled at Wave Hill, 675 W. 252nd St., and the grounds themselves have been closed.

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• Except for those meetings specifically canceled, committee meetings for Community Board 8 are continuing as scheduled, but will be conducted via conference call. Visit NYC.gov/CB8 for updates.

The health, hospitals and social services committee meets Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m., joined remotely by Erica Peralta-Downing, Bronx borough coordinator for the city's health and mental hygiene department, where she'll discuss the latest in the coronavirus. To participate in this meeting, call (425) 436-6336, and use access code 178263.

The land use committee will meet via the Zoom online video conference app Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is accessible by clicking here.

Community board staff members will work remotely, with all in-person meetings and interactions canceled.  

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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

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The National Sculpture Society, 6 E. 39th St., Suite 903 in Midtown, presents "Visions of Spring," a juried show embracing themes of rebirth, on display through May 8. The exhibit remains open by appointment through NationalSculpture.org

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• The Bronx County Bar Association, its library and referral service is closed.

 

What you can do about COVID-19

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.

 

What businesses are 'essential' businesses?

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.

 

Additional COVID-19 resources

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."

 

Ongoing coronavirus coverage

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.

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)

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)

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)

Is Key Food closing in North Riverdale? Not if electeds have something to say about it  (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)

School closings, self-quarantine, and wary watchfulness: Community copes with COVID-19 (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)

Follow all the local coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it relates to your neighborhood at RiverdalePress.com/coronavirus. Sign up for our newsletter to get daily updates on coverage and closing by sending your email address to newsroom@riverdalepress.com. And finally,  keep up with all the latest closures, postponements and what you can still take part in with our continuously updated list by clicking here.

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