Queens’ 34th Avenue was recognized as one of the best Open Streets last year; Courtesy of Alfresco NYC
More than 300 blocks will be closed to cars for pedestrian use as part of the city’s 2022 Open Streets program, the Department of Transportation announced last week. This year’s program–considered the largest of its kind in the country–has expanded to include 21 new locations, with a total of 156 locations throughout the five boroughs. All of the open streets will be active by the summer of 2022.
The city launched the Open Streets program in April 2020 to provide New Yorkers with a safe, socially-distanced activity during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2021, the City Council voted to make Open Streets permanent. This season of Open Streets will be accompanied by free programming, including activities relating to the arts, culture, fitness, and education.
“Open Streets bring local residents together, providing valuable public space for community-building activities and opportunities that strengthen our neighborhoods,” City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams said.
“The Council’s legislative efforts to expand this initiative permanently represent one way the City achieved long-term positive outcomes for New Yorkers during the unprecedented and challenging conditions forced upon us by the pandemic. We look forward to continuing to work with local communities and our colleagues in government to make this program more effective, enjoyable, and equitable.”
DOT has added the following 21 new locations in addition to the 135 previously participating blocks:
- West 158th Street: Broadway to Amsterdam Avenue
- Forsyth Street: East Broadway to Division Street
- West 188th Street: Amsterdam Avenue to Audubon Avenue
- West 115th Street: St Nicholas Avenue to Lenox Avenue
- East 115th Street: Park Avenue to Park Avenue (5/28)
- La Salle Street: Broadway to Claremont Avenue (4/28)
- West 196th Street: Broadway to Ellwood Street (4/25)
- East 115th Street: Pleasant Avenue to 1st Avenue (9/10)
- Watkins Street: Street End to Belmont Avenue
- North 15 Street: Nassau Avenue to Banker Street
- South 1 Street: Berry Street to Wythe Avenue
- Buffalo Avenue: St Marks Avenue to Bergen Street (6/18)
- West 12 Street: Surf Avenue to Street End (5/21)
- Lewis Avenue: Fulton to Hancock Street (6/4)
- Graham Avenue: Scholes Street to Montrose Avenue (4/29)
- Chauncey Street: Howard Avenue to Saratoga Avenue (7/2)
- Benson Avenue: Bay 19 Street to 18th Avenue (7/11)
- Duffield St: Metrotech Center to Willoughby St (4/25)
- Murdock Avenue: 180th Street to Street End.
- Longfellow Avenue: Freeman Street to Jennings Street
- Kelly Street: East 163rd Street to Intervale Avenue (7/11)
DOT is still accepting additional applicants for potential Open Streets. Those interested can apply here.
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