NYC’s latest set of outdoor dining open streets includes 13 blocks on the Upper West Side

August 3, 2020

Open streets outdoor dining along West 47th Street, photo by CityRealty

Open streets outdoor dining along West 47th Street, photo by CityRealty

On Friday, Mayor de Blasio announced that an additional 15 locations would be closing to traffic and opening their streets for outdoor dining through a combination of the city’s Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs. This brings the total to 62 participating streets. Some of the latest include 13 blocks along Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side, another stretch in Chinatown, Koreatown, a few in Noho/Soho, and five blocks along Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights. Since restaurants were first able to open for outdoor dining when phase two began on June 22, more than 9,500 have signed on to participate.

The first 20 streets that opened for outdoor dining did so ahead of the July 4th weekend; these were mainly streets that had already been participating in the city’s open streets program. The second group of 26–those represented by partner groups or restaurants–opened on July 17. This latest batch also includes four pedestrian plazas in the outer-boroughs–Fowler Square and Old Fulton Plaza in Brooklyn, and Myrtle-Cooper and Douglaston in Queens. The full list is as follows:

  • Bronx: Johnson Avenue from West 235th Street to West 236th Street (Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Van Cortlandt Development Corporation)
  • Brooklyn Heights: Montague Street from Clinton Street to Pierrepont Place (Montague Street BID)
  • Prospect Heights: Vanderbilt Avenue from Pacific Street to Park Place (Prospect Heights NDC)
  • Sunset Park: 5th Avenue from 45th Street to 47th Street (Sunset Park BID)
  • Upper West Side: Amsterdam Avenue from West 97th Street to West 110th Street (Columbus Amsterdam BID)
  • Times Square: West 46th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue (Times Square Alliance)
  • Midtown: West 32nd Street from 5th Avenue to Broadway (New York Koreatown Association)
  • Gramercy: East 18th Street from Park Avenue South to Irving Place (Gramercy Neighborhood Associates)
  • Greenwich Village: West 11th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue (La Contenta)
  • Greenwich Village: Cornelia Street from Bleecker Street to West 4th Street (Zouk LTD DBA Palma)
  • Soho: Spring Street from Thompson Street to West Broadway (Bistro Les Amis)
  • Noho: Bond Street from Lafayette Street to Bowery (il Buco)
  • East Village: Avenue B from East 3rd Street to East 4th Street (KC Gourmet Empanadas)
  • Lower East Side: Broome Street from Forsyth Street to Eldridge Street (303 Canary LLC)
  • Chinatown: Pell Street from Bowery to Mott Street (Chinatown BID/CCBA)

According to the Department of Transportation, the open street restaurants can operate from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday nights and noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays.

Last month, Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City’s Open Restaurants program–which allows restaurants to set up seating on sidewalks and curb cuts, in adjacent parking spots, and on open streets–will be extended through October 31. Today, he also announced that the program would return on June 1, 2021. The state and city have not yet set a date when restaurants will be able to open for indoor dining; it was put on hold indefinitely at the beginning of July.

“With two extra months of outdoor dining now approved, restaurants will have more chances than ever to get back on their feet. We’re excited to build on our popular Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs, and we look forward to expanding this idea even further,” said Mayor de Blasio.


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