Mayor Bill de Blasio has made it official: All public schools are closed Monday, and they won’t open again until — at the earliest — April 20. The announcement came just a few hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced public schools in Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties were closing beginning Monday, and that New York City public schools had 24 hours to develop an action plan that would allow those schools to shutter this week.
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.
David Lindsay was concerned as he sat down at an empty table to take a breather Saturday, but he wasn’t panicking just yet. His Kingsbridge Social Club restaurant on Kingsbridge Avenue was busy. Yet, every other table was empty. Not because customers weren’t hungry for crispy Brussels sprouts or one of its wood-fired pizzas, but because all restaurants like the one Lindsay co-owns were ordered to fill only at half-capacity.
With more and more people staying home, and more even "essential" businesses like restaurants and cafes not able to keep going with just takeout and delivery, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to drastically reduce service while calling on Congress to earmark billions of dollars to keep the system solvent.
As New York enters its first full week of lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic as an effort to slow its spread and not overwhelm hospitals, elected leaders at all levels are asking everyone to adjust to what they're calling a new normal. A temporary new normal, but a new normal all the same.
If you're a homeowner and the bank still has an interest in your property, Gov. Andrew Cuomo saw to it that you won't have to worry about your mortgage for the next three months during the coronavirus crisis.
If there are indeed plans for the Key Food supermarket at 5661 Riverdale Ave., to close, it won't be during the coronavirus crisis.
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.
Running a local campaign is hard. Keeping momentum for over a year until the election is hard. What’s even harder? Officially launching a campaign in the middle of a pandemic.
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.
It was a shocking wakeup call for some residents of an apartment building at 215 W. 242nd Street, after a fire broke out on the first floor just after 9 a.m., on March 6.
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.
There once was a couple who lived in Arlington, Virginia, Hat and Chia. Both came from Saigon. Both once owned a bike shop. Both had been married since 1942. Then, in 2000, a photographer stopped by, asking about their lives and their marriage.
School closings, self-quarantine, and wary watchfulness
New York’s “patient zero,” at least as far as state health officials are concerned, was a Manhattan health care worker who had recently returned from Iran. She was followed by a New Rochelle lawyer who works in Manhattan. Then it was the rest of his family, including a daughter — who attends SAR High School in North Riverdale — and her older brother, a Yeshiva University student in Washington Heights.
Getting to school can be a trip, whether it’s walking a few blocks to someplace like Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy, or busing in from other towns — and even states — for institutions like Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Horace Mann.
Just about everything in the news right now is centered around the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But local lawmakers like state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz are still thinking about everything else we'll have to worry about — like the upcoming elections.
When the New Dorp girls basketball team arrived at Bronx Science for a Public School Athletic League quarterfinal playoff game last week, the Cougars came armed with stellar sophomore guard Sydney Gomes, widely considered one of the top players in the city. After averaging a little more than 23 points a game during the regular season, Gomes upped her play a level or two in the postseason.
Richard W. Baldwin, of Riverdale and Yonkers, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2020, at Calvary Hospital, after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 83.
POINT OF VIEW
Google searches reveal our deepest fears: Stock markets crashing. Coronavirus cases skyrocketing. A virus threatens our wealth and health. And we search for answers that give us no good direction.
A group of roving teenagers got violent on the evening of March 1, allegedly shoving a 61-year-old man to the ground near the corner of Broadway and Exterior Street. Four people — all described as being about 13 years old — reportedly attacked the man around 9 p.m. They then kicked him, stealing $200 in cash before running south on Exterior toward West 225th Street.
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.