July 17, 2020 ~ Open Restaurants on Open Streets is extended to October 1st.
July 3, 2020 ~ New Yorkers are getting through the COVID-19 epidemic together. New York City is helping restaurants stay in business by combining the NYC Open Restaurants and NYC Open Streets programs.
Starting 4th of July weekend, twenty-two Open Streets will be dedicated to outdoor dining.
The program launches with two-and-a-half miles of Open Streets Open Restaurants on Friday nights and weekends. The program covers some of New York City’s most popular dining streets including Mulberry Street in Manhattan (Little Italy), Arthur Avenue in the Bronx (Little Italy) and Bell Boulevard in Queens.
On July 17 another ten or twenty more Open Streets will be dedicated to outdoor dining. This group will include Dyckman St in Inwood, and this Dominican neighborhood’s popular row of restaurants. We already had outdoor dining there anyway.
Open Streets/Open Restaurants are planned to last until Labor Day, the popular end of summer (Extended to October 31).
NYC Open Streets
NYC Open Streets makes streets pedestrian-only so New Yorkers can get outside while social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic. The Department of Transportation has already opened 40 miles of streets and is expanding the program to 100 miles of open streets. Designated streets are genedrally open from 8am to 8pm.
Find NYC Open Streets at nyc.gov
NYC Open Restaurants
NYC Open Restaurants enables restaurants to use temporary outdoor seating to allow outdoor dining with social distancing.
Find NYC Open Restaurants at nycopenrestaurants.info (redirects to arcgis.com, NYC’s database)
This picture is from before the NYC Open Streets Open Restaurants program. Seating areas are redesigned for social distancing and New Yorkers are masking up, but you get the idea.
Enjoy the summer and support NYC businesses. New York gets it together.