NYC will now have 45 miles of open streets, the most in the U.S.

Posted On Fri, May 22, 2020 By

Posted On Fri, May 22, 2020 By In City Living, Transportation

Photo looking south on open West End Avenue, taken by 6sqft on 5.16.20

In his press conference this morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is adding 13 more miles of open streets, bringing the total across the boroughs to 45 miles and exceeding his goal of opening 40 miles by the end of May. After stating that this is the largest amount of protected streets in the nation, he assured New Yorkers that “it won’t stop there.” When the mayor first announced the program, he committed to opening 100 miles of streets throughout the pandemic. The latest batch will open tomorrow and includes tons of park-adjacent streets across Queens and the first open streets in Greenwich Village and Red Hook.

“Now that we have sufficient enforcement capacity,” said de Blasio, referring to the fact that most city agencies including the NYPD are back up to their pre-coronavirus levels of personnel, the city has found “that sweet spot where we can do the open streets, keep them safe, make sure there’s enforcement when needed, and allow people to enjoy it, especially in strategic locations where it’s going to help avoid crowding–parks and other areas.”

The first set of open streets opened in early May. They dealt with 4.5 miles inside parks and 2.7 miles adjacent to parks. The second set, 1.9 miles, was opened in collaboration with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). The third set, announced last week, includes some streets managed by BIDs (1.3 miles), as well as some overseen by local police precincts (7.6 miles) and more adjacent to parks (2.8 miles). The latest group sees the same combination: 1.8 miles will be managed by BIDs, 2.7 miles will be adjacent to parks, and 8.8 miles by local precincts.

Here is the full list of open streets; those bolded will open tomorrow.

Manhattan

  • West 103rd Street: Broadway to Riverside Drive (Harlem)
  • 114th Street: Manhattan Avenue to Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Harlem)
  • East 115th Street: Park Avenue to Third Avenue (Harlem)
  • 117th Street: Morningside Avenue to 5th Avenue (Harlem)
  • 138th Street: Lenox Avenue Adam Clayton to Powell Boulevard (Harlem)
  • West End Avenue: 87th Street to 96th Street (Upper West Side)
  • 75th Street: Broadway to Riverside Drive (Upper West Side)
  • West 51st Street: 9th Avenue to 10th Avenue (Hell’s Kitchen)
  • Broadway: West 47th Street to West 53rd Street
  • Broadway: West 41st Street to West 42nd Street
  • Broadway: West 36th Street to West 41st Street
  • Broadway: West 25th Street to West 28th Street
  • Broadway: East 21st Street to East 23rd Street
  • Irving Place: East 16th Street to East 20th Street (Gramercy)
  • 2nd Avenue: East 42nd Street to East 34th Street (Murray Hill)
  • 2nd Avenue Service Road: East 33rd Street to East 30th Street (Kips Bay)
  • West 22nd Street: 7th Avenue to 8th Avenue
  • West 21st Street: 9th Avenue to 10th Avenue
  • Hudson Yards, Hudson Boulevard East & West: 35th Street to 36th Street
  • 17th Street: 8th Avenue to 10th Avenue (Meatpacking District)
  • 13th Street and Little West 12th Street: Ninth Avenue to Washington Street (Meatpacking District)
  • Greenwich Street: Canal Street to Spring Street (Hudson Square)
  • Doyers Street: Pell Street to Bowery (Chinatown)
  • Ludlow Street: Delancey Street to Houston Street (Lower East Side)
  • Orchard Street: Delancey Street to Houston Street (Lower East Side)
  • Rivington Street: Allen Street to Essex Street (Lower East Side)
  • Stanton Street: Allen Street to Essex Street (Lower East Side)
  • Avenue B: East 6th to Street East 14th Street (East Village)
  • University Place: West 13th Street to West 4th Street (Greenwich Village)
  • MacDougal Street: West 4th Street to West 8th Street (Greenwich Village)
  • Jones Street: Bleecker Street to West 4th Street (Greenwich Village)
  • Pearl Street: State Street to Cedar Street (Lower Manhattan)
    Adjacent to Parks
  • Lt. William Tighe Triangle: Dyckman Street from Broadway to Seaman Avenue
  • Stuyvesant Square Park: Rutherford Place from East 15th Street to East 17th Street & East 16th Street from 3rd Avenue to Rutherford Place
  • Carl Schurz Park: East End Avenue from East 83rd Street to East 89th Street
  • Highbridge Park: Laurel Hill Terrace from Amsterdam Avenue in Highbridge Park
  • Morningside Park: Morningside Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to West 116th Street
  • Charles Young Playground: West 143rd Street from Malcolm X Boulevard to 5th Avenue
  • Jackie Robinson Park: Edgecombe Avenue from St. Nicholas Place to 145th Street
    Inside Parks
  • Fort Tryon Park: Margaret Corbin Drive from Fort Washington Avenue to Cabrini Boulevard

Brooklyn

  • Lawrence Street: Fulton Street to Willoughby Street (Downtown Brooklyn)
  • Smith Street: Atlantic Avenue to Fulton Street (Downtown Brooklyn)
  • Willoughby Street: Pearl Street to Lawrence Street (Downtown Brooklyn)
  • Joralemon Street: Hicks Street to Furman Street (Brooklyn Heights)
  • Willow Street: Middagh Street to Pierrepont Street (Brooklyn Heights)
  • 1st Place: Smith Street to Henry Street (Carroll Gardens)
  • 2nd Place: Smith Street to Henry Street (Carroll Gardens)
  • 4th Place: Smith Street to Henry Street (Carroll Gardens)
  • Hall Street: Park Avenue to Myrtle Avenue (Clinton Hill)
  • St. Marks Place: 3rd Avenue to 4th Avenue (Boerum Hill)
  • State Street: 3rd Avenue to Smith Street (Boerum Hill)
  • 4th Street: 5th Avenue to 4th Avenue (Park Slope)
  • Butler Street: Gregory Place to 4th Avenue (Park Slope)
  • Gregory Place: Baltic Street to Butler Street (Park Slope)
  • Carlton Avenue: Park Place to Bergen Street (Prospect Heights)
  • Leonard Street: Montrose Avenue to Boerum Street (Prospect Heights)
  • Underhill Avenue: St. Johns Place to Bergen Street (Prospect Heights)
  • Park Place: New York Avenue to Kingston Avenue (Crown Heights)
  • Prospect Place: New York Avenue to Brooklyn Avenue (Crown Heights)
  • Troy Avenue: St. Johns Place to Eastern Parkway (Crown Heights)
  • South Portland Avenue: South Elliot Street Dekalb Avenue (Fort Greene)
  • Willoughby Avenue: Washington Park Street to Hall Street (Fort Greene)
  • 6th Avenue: 44th Street to 51st Street (Sunset Park)
  • East 7th Street: Caton Avenue to Ditmas Avenue (Kensington)
  • Chester Avenue: Ft. Hamilton Parkway to Church Avenue (Kensington)
  • West 9th Street: Henry Street to Hicks Street (Red Hook)
  • Arlington Place: Macon Street to Fulton Street (Bed Stuy)
  • Macon Street: Arlington Place to Tompkins Avenue (Bed Stuy)
  • Somers Street: Rockaway Avenue to Fulton Street (Bed Stuy)
  • Berry Street: North 12th Street to Broadway (Williamsburg)
  • Grand Street: Roebling Street to Marcy Avenue (Williamsburg)
  • North 3rd Street: Kent Avenue to Metropolitan Avenue (Williamsburg)
  • South 9th Street: Berry Street to Driggs Avenue (Williamsburg)
  • Grattan Street: Morgan Avenue to Bogart Street (Bushwick)
  • Williams Avenue: Liberty Avenue to Atlantic Avenue (Brownsville)
  • Colonial Road: 86th Street to 83rd Street (Bay Ridge)
  • Newkirk Avenue: Coney Island Avenue to East 17th Street (Midwood)
  • East 16th Street: Avenue R to Moore Place (Homecrest)
  • Moore Place: 16th Street to 17th Street (Homecrest)
    Adjacent to Parks
  • Prospect Park: Parkside Avenue from Park Circle to Ocean Avenue
  • Prospect Park: Prospect Park West from 3rd Street to Garfield Place
  • McGolrick Park: Russell Street from Nassau Avenue to Driggs Avenue
  • McCarren Park: Nassau Avenue from Banker Street to Lorimer Street
  • Maria Hernandez Park: Suydam Street from Knickerbocker Avenue to Irving Avenue
  • Cooper Park: Sharon Street from Morgan Avenue to Olive Street
  • Sternberg Park: Leonard Street from Montrose Avenue to Boerum Street
  • Korean War Veterans Plaza: Cadman Plaza East
  • Dome Playground: 38th Street from Dahill Road to 15th Avenue
  • Cobble Hill Park: Congress Street from Clinton Street to Henry Street
  • Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. Park: Wyckoff Street from Bond Street to Hoyt Street
  • Carroll Park: Carroll Street from Court Street to Smith Street
  • Green Central Knoll Park: Noll Street from Evergreen Avenue to Central Avenue
  • Betsy Head Park: Dumont Avenue from Thomas Boyland Street to Strauss Street
    Inside Parks
  • Callahan-Kelly Playground: Sackman Street from Truxton Street to Fulton Street

Bronx

  • East 140th Street: Brooke Avenue to Willis Avenue (Mott Haven)
  • East 148th Street: Willis Avenue to Bergen Avenue (South Bronx)
  • Willis Avenue: East 147th Street to East 148th Street (South Bronx)
  • West 238th Street: Tibbett Avenue to Irwin Avenue (Kingsbridge)
  • Creston Avenue: Fordham Road to Kingsbridge Road (Fordham Heights)
  • Pugsley Avenue: Bruckner Boulevard to Turnbull Avenue (Soundview)
  • Rhinelander Avenue from Williamsbridge Road to Bronxdale Avenue (Morris Park)
    Adjacent to Parks
  • Williamsbridge Oval: Reservoir Oval East/West at Bainbridge Avenue
  • Quarry Ballfields/Belmont: Oak Tree Place from Hughes Avenue to Quarry Place
  • River Park: Boston Road from 180th Street to Bronx Park South
  • River Park: Bronx Park South from Boston Road to Bryant Avenue
  • St. Mary’s Park: Jackson Avenue from 143rd to 147th Streets
  • Claremont Park: Clay Avenue from 173rd Street to Claremont Parkway
  • Morris Park: Rhinelander Avenue from Haight Street to Colden Avenue
    Inside Parks
  • Grant Park: Grant Avenue from 170th Street to 169th Street Full Block

Queens

  • 27th Street: Hunter Street to Queens Plaza South (Long Island City)
  • 5th Street: 46th Avenue to 49th Avenue (Long Island City)
  • 34th Avenue: 69th Street to 77th Street (Jackson Heights)
  • 34th Avenue: 78th Street to Junction Boulevard (Jackson Heights)
  • 39th Avenue: Woodside Avenue to Barnett Avenue (Sunnyside)
  • 46th Street: Queens Boulevard to Greenpoint Avenue (Sunnyside)
  • 50th Avenue: 48th Street to 44th Street (Sunnyside)
  • Skillman Avenue: 39th Place to 43rd Street (Sunnyside)
  • 60th Street: Laurel Hill Boulevard to 47th Avenue (Maspeth)
  • 66th Road: 110th Street to Grand Central Parkway (Forest Hills)
  • Ascan Avenue: Queens Boulevard to Austin Street (Forest Hills)
  • 99th Street: Horace Harding Expressway to 66th Avenue (Rego Park)
  • 120th Street: 94th Avenue to Liberty Avenue (South Richmond Hill)
  • Peck Avenue: 137th Street to Main Street (Flushing)
  • Roosevelt Avenue: 155th Street to Northern Boulevard (Flushing)
  • 107th Avenue: 159th Street to 160th Street (Jamaica)
  • 108th Avenue: 159th Street to 160th Street (Jamaica)
  • 109th Avenue: 159th Street to 160th Street (Jamaica)
  • 159th Street: 108th Avenue to 109th Avenue (Jamaica)
    Adjacent to Parks
  • Astoria Park: Shore Boulevard from Ditmars Boulevard to Astoria Park South
  • Court Square Park: Court Square West from Jackson Avenue to Dead End
  • Hunters Point Park: Center Boulevard from 57th Avenue to Borden Avenue
  • Gorman Playground: 85th Street from 25th Avenue to 30th Avenue
  • Painters Playground: Dieterle Crescent from Alderton Street to 65th Drive
  • Plaut Triangle
  • Yellowstone Park: 68th Road from 108th Street to Yellowstone Boulevard
  • Baisley Pond Park: Lakeview Lane from 122nd Avenue to Baisley Boulevard & Lakeview Boulevard from East 118th Avenue to 122nd Avenue & Barron Street from 116th Avenue to Foch Boulevard & 155th Street from 119th Avenue to 125th Avenue 
    Inside Parks
  • Forest Park: East Main Drive from Metropolitan Avenue to Overlook Parking Lot
  • Forest Park: Freedom Drive from Park Lane to South Myrtle Avenue
  • Forest Park: West Main Drive from Band Shell Lot to Golf Course Lot
  • Flushing Meadows-Corona Park: Meadow Lake Drive from Model Airplane Field to Meadow Lake Bridge Parking Lot

Staten Island

  • Adjacent to Stapleton Waterfront Park: Front Street from Canal Street to Edgewater Street
  • Inside Silver Lake Park: Silver Lake Park Road from Forest Avenue to Victory Boulevard
  • Adjacent to North Shore Esplanade Park: Bank Street

As the Department of Transportation details on its website:

Open Streets are available daily, 8 am to 8 pm (unless otherwise noted) for pedestrians and cyclists to use the roadbed of the street while maintaining at least six feet of distance from others. Opening hours may vary by location due to NYPD staffing.

You can find out specific details of a given street closure here. If you’d like to have a street considered for the program, you can fill out this survey.

As for the protected bike lanes that will open throughout May, they are as follows:

Manhattan

  • Broadway: Barclay Street to Morris Street (Financial District)
  • 38th and 39th Streets: 1st Avenue to 11th Avenue (Midtown)

Brooklyn

  • 4th Avenue: 1st Street to Flatbush Avenue (Boerum Hill)
  • Ashland Place/Navy Street: Hanson Place to Sands Street (Clinton Hill)
  • Flatbush Avenue: Grand Army Plaza to Ocean Avenue (Prospect Park)

Queens

  • Crescent Street: Queens Plaza North to Hoyt Avenue North (Astoria/Long Island City)

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