More Outdoor Dining & Play Street Locations

Published on August 14, 2020, 11:35 pm
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Mayor de Blasio today announced 21 more locations for outdoor dining options as part of a City initiative that combines the Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs, while adding more seating in more outer-borough pedestrian plazas. The Administration is also adding four more locations in three boroughs for Play Streets, an initiative the City launched in July to provide children with safe, structured activities on Open Streets during summer weekdays. 

Today’s announcement brings restaurant seating options to 16 more car-free streets on weekends for select corridors, with most of the new locations starting the evening of Friday, August 15, 2020. New plaza locations with exclusive seating, collective dining, and open public seating include Westchester Square in the Bronx and Hillel Plaza in Brooklyn, along with Corona Plaza, Diversity Plaza, and the 71st Avenue Plaza in Queens. Last month the Mayor announced that the City would extend in-street dining through October instead of ending it by Labor Day, giving more than 9,500 participating restaurants two extra months to serve diners in safe, socially distant outdoor spaces. 

“Rebuilding a fairer and better city means using our urban landscape creatively, and I am proud to build on the success of our Open Streets program,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New Yorkers have sacrificed so much during this crisis and they deserve the opportunity to safely enjoy their neighborhoods and communities.”

“Communities from across New York City are seeing the benefits Open Restaurants has upon its businesses and the joy it brings to residents, which is why we are continuing to see more and more streets open up to outdoor dining,” said Deputy Mayor Laura Anglin. “By continuing to give restaurants innovative ways to serve their customers, we are not only helping to save these jobs and businesses but also providing New Yorkers a small sense of normalcy.”

“We are so excited to see the Open Streets: Restaurants and Play Streets initiatives continue to grow, bringing new recreation opportunities and outdoor dining locations to our Open Streets and pedestrian plazas in all five boroughs,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “We thank Mayor de Blasio and our many agency and community partners for keeping up the hard work and helping New Yorkers stay prosperous, healthy and socially active in the fresh air as we emerge step by step from the CoViD crisis.”  

“Our City continues to benefit from the ever-popular Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs,” said Jonnel Doris, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “As more restaurants get involved, we continue to see the great benefit these initiatives bring to our city and to the people who patronize these businesses.” 

New Open Streets: Restaurants Locations:

OrganizationOn StreetFrom StreetTo StreetBorough
3rd Avenue BIDAlexander AvenueBruckner BoulevardE. 134th StreetBX
Park Slope 5th Avenue BID5th AvenueSterling PlaceBerkely PlaceBK
Prospect Heights NDCVanderbilt AvenuePacific StreetAtlantic AvenueBK
99 Favor Taste61st Street7th Avenue8th AvenueBK
Chinatown BIDBayard StreetMott StreetMulberry StreetMN
Calabria Restaurant dba Il Brigante RestaurantFront StreetPeck SlipBeekman StreetMN
34th Street Partnership32nd Street6th AvenueBroadwayMN
Broadway32nd Street31st StreetMN
Casa Nomad restaurant and Akin Hospitality GroupBroadwayW. 29th StreetW. 31st StreetMN
Mari Makan, LLCSpring StreetMott StreetElizabeth StreetMN
PeasantElizabeth StreetSpring StreetPrince StreetMN
120 Marcus Meets MalcolmW. 120th StreetMalcolm X BoulevardMt. Morris Park W.MN
Flatiron 23rd Street PartnershipBroadwayW. 28th StreetW. 29th StreetMN
Flatiron 23rd Street PartnershipBroadwayW. 21st StreetW. 22nd StreetMN
Friends of Diversity Plaza37th Road75th Street74th StreetQN
The Angiuli GroupMinthorne StreetBay StreetVictory BoulevardSI

The first round of Open Streets: Restaurants locations, announced July 2nd, focused on streets that were already participating in the Open Streets program, and on corridors represented by organizations that have worked with DOT on street closures in the past. The second tranche announced, July 17, 2020, added 26 new locations. A third round, announced on July 31, 2020, included 15 locations. Today’s announcement brings the citywide total to 76 participating streets and 9 pedestrian plazas.

The hours of operation for this new expanded seating option for restaurants will be from 05:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday nights, and noon to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

New Play Streets include locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island, in partnership with the Police Athletic League and the Staten Island Open and Play Streets Coalition:

NeighborhoodBoroStreetFromToPartnerStart DateEnd DateDaysTimes
MorrisaniaBX170th StreetWebster AvenuePark AvenuePALTBD09/04/20M, T, W, Th12:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Red HookBKWolcott StreetRichards StreetVan Brunt StreetPAL08/01/2009/04/20M, T, W, Th12:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Port RichmondSIHill StreetTompkins StreetWarren StreetSIOAPSC08/27/2008/27/20Th12:00 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Port RichmondSIHenderson AvenueAlaska StreetBroadwaySIOAPSC09/03/2009/03/20Th12:00 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.

At Play Streets locations, children participate in independent crafting and art projects that include making kaleidoscopes, birdhouses, rhythm drums, and cloud climbers. Giant board games such as Connect 4 and Jenga are also available. Sports drills include basketball, frisbee, softball, wiffle ball, kickball, and laser tag. Reading corners, dance classes, cardio and yoga exercises are also be provided. All programming is creatively designed to meet social distancing guidelines.

Play Streets locations are launching on a rolling basis until September 4th. Hours vary by location, but will generally be from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. and include streets adjacent to NYCHA developments as part of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety. Vehicles are not permitted to enter the streets during the hours of the full street closure. Organizing Partners will be responsible for setting up barricades and posting signage, as well as restoring the Open Street condition at the end of their programming. They will also post No Parking signage with days and times ahead of starting their activations.

The following Open Streets will be changed or removed from the program:

Shorten One BlockBrooklynWillow Street (Middah to Pierrepont)Willow Street (Middah to Clarke)
RemoveBrooklyn2nd Place (Smith Street to Henry Street)None
Move & Shorten Two BlocksBrooklynLivonia Avenue (Mother Gaston to Powell)Livonia Avenue (Powell to Junius)
RemoveBrooklynButler Street (Gregory Place to 4th Avenue), Gregory Pl (Baltic Street to Butler Street)None
RemoveManhattanMargaret Corbin Drive (Ft. Washington to Cabrini Boulevard)None

Under Open Streets, pedestrians and cyclists are free to use the roadbed of each street. No through traffic is permitted, with remaining vehicle traffic limited to local deliveries, pick-ups/drop-offs, necessary city service, utility, and emergency vehicles only. Such drivers are alerted to be hyper-vigilant and to drive at 5 mph along these routes. Regular Open Streets operate from 08:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m., with timing varying slightly depending on staff availability.

If you have questions about Open Streets or would like to request an Open Street in your community, please contact your NYC DOT Borough Commissioner’s office.


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