Neighborhood notes on a youth-run farm stand, welcoming a guinea pig, helping small businesses and more

New York animal care centers now have more than 80 guinea pigs and lack housing. Anyone interested in owning or adopting a guinea pig and who has a cage / facility to do so should contact [email protected]
Image courtesy of Friends of Pelham Parkway

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 restrictions are now lifted as 70% of adults have received their first dose of the vaccine. New York State Boards of Health and industry-specific guidelines are now optional in business and social contexts. As of May 19, New York state adopted the CDC’s interim public health recommendations for fully immunized people for most businesses and public places.

See more information here: See New York’s guidance for implementing the new CDC recommendations on The enrollment period open for uninsured New Yorkers has been extended until December 31, 2021. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through or directly by insurers.

Healthcare workers can text NYFRONTLINE at 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 emotional support hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

The Delta variant is on the increase in New York City and accounts for about 50% of all new cases. According to Yale Medicine, some symptoms are different from those associated with the original strain of coronavirus. It seems that coughing and loss of smell are less common, and headaches, sore throats, runny nose and fever are more common. [in the Delta variant] based on the most recent surveys conducted in the UK, where over 90 percent of cases are due to the Delta strain.

Mass vaccination sites

All New York State mass vaccination sites are now open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, all vaccinators are encouraged to allow walk-in appointments for eligible New Yorkers. People who prefer to make an appointment at a state-run mass immunization site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or call (877) 829-4692.

COVID-19 test sites

For a complete list of COVID-19 testing sites, text “COVID TEST” to 855-48 or go to:

Home vaccines for ages 12 and over

On June 23, 2021, the City confirmed that home vaccinations against COVID-19 are now available to all New Yorkers aged 12 and over. More details are available at or by calling 877-829-4692.

Youth-run farm stand

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance reopened its Youth Run Farm stand on July 7th. This is the 10th anniversary of the sale of locally grown produce and other locally sourced produce. The farm stand is located in Train Park at Orloff Avenue and Gale Place and is open Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The organizers accept WIC, FMNP, EBT, SNAP checks, cash and credit / debit cards. For every $ 2 spent on EBT / SNAP, visitors will receive $ 2 in health dollars (maximum $ 10 / day), including new Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits for all families with children of age. school.

Welcoming a guinea pig

Friends of Pelham Parkway recently reported finding 11 guinea pigs abandoned under a tree off Pelham Parkway. New York animal care centers now have more than 80 guinea pigs and lack housing. Anyone interested in owning or adopting a guinea pig and who has a cage / facility to do so should contact [email protected]

Treasure hunt

Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy is hosting a scavenger hunt and firefly picnic on July 11 at 5:30 pm The event takes place at Woodlawn Cemetery and participants must enter through the Jerome Avenue gate to park. Participants must bring their own blanket, picnic basket and mason jars. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit and scroll to tours and events. Click “read more” and scroll down to the registration link.

New York City cooling centers open

New York City cooling centers are open during extreme heat. These centers are spaces where people can go to take advantage of air conditioning in the event of a thermal emergency. You can find a cooling center near you by calling 311.

Training for small businesses

The New York Small Business Services Department offers free online training to help business owners and employees in New York City. Click here for more information:

Updates from Bronx Community Relief Efforts

Sign up for updates from the Bronx Community Relief Effort. Bronx Community Relief Effort grant applications are currently closed, but the next round of applications will open soon. Head over to their website to sign up for updates, or check back periodically here: to see when the application window reopens. Check for a list of current grants, loans and programs for small businesses.

New York Term Loan Fund

The New York Forward Loan Fund continues to accept requests for help from those affected by COVID-19. This program will target small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, non-profit organizations and small landlords who have experienced loss of income or rental income. If approved, these loans will have to be repaid over a five-year period with interest. Go to:

for more information and the app.

Volunteer events

The Bronx River Alliance hosts volunteer events at Starlight Park (1490 Sheridan Boulevard) every Thursday in July from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, you can contact their volunteer coordinator at [email protected], call 718-542-4284, or visit

SBA 7 (a) and SBA Community Advantage Loans

The SBA 7 (a) loan program provides funding of $ 50,000 to $ 5 million for startups and growing businesses in any qualified industry. SBA 7 (a) rates fluctuate, and the rate is determined by your financing needs. The SBA Community Advantage Loan Program, which offers loans of up to $ 250,000, is a unique type of 7 (a) loan designed to provide additional support to businesses operating in underserved areas. For more information visit:

Smart loan

The SmartLoan offers quick loans to small businesses with flexible terms. Through this program, you can access financing of up to $ 100,000 at a fixed interest rate with affordable monthly payments. You can apply online for the SmartLoan and get funded within five business days. For more information, visit:

The Small Business Resource Network

The Resource Network is a newly established team of 22 dedicated small business specialists integrated into the city’s five chambers of commerce to help small businesses tackle a range of challenges, including technology, real estate, legal services and accountants, procurement opportunities, marketing, and sources of loans and grants. Navigation aid in the complex new regulatory environment established to contain the pandemic is also available. Business owners can access these resources by contacting a recovery specialist in their borough through:

Free COVID-19 decals!

Jerome Gun Hill BID is giving away free COVID-19 decals to small business owners in MPC corridors. To request stickers, email [email protected] and include your name, business address, mailing address, company name, and email. The decals will be sent by post.


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