After closing more than 20 streets to cars citywide for outdoor dining ahead of the July 4th weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the city will open an additional 40 blocks this weekend. The new group of open streets is predominantly in Downtown Manhattan, mainly the East Village Village and Greenwich Village, neighborhoods that have been problematic for not following social distancing protocols. Others include hard-hit Chinatown and Forest Hills, Queens. The pedestrianized streets can be used by restaurants on Friday nights and weekends only, but the mayor announced today that outdoor dining will be extended through October 31. The announcement comes a day after Governor Cuomo said the city would not resume indoor dining even in phase four, citing the surge in coronavirus cases across the country and non-compliant large gatherings reported across the five boroughs.
Guidlines for open restaurants on open streets via DOT
Last month, the city added 23 new miles of open streets, for a total of 67 miles of streets closed to traffic. These will be operated by different models, including 9.29 miles operated by local police precincts, 3.15 miles operated by local civic partners, and 1.1 miles next to park roads.
As part of the open streets-open restaurants crossover, the first group was made up of those already participating in the Open Streets program. This second group includes new streets being represented by partner groups or restaurants. 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.
One thing that’s changing, though, is that restaurants can only serve alcoholic beverages if diners are seating and ordering food. Governor Cuomo announced this yesterday as he continues to report on non-compliance for social distancing and face-mask rules. He also instituted a new regulation that says any restaurant that receives three such violations will immediately be shuttered.
The Open Restaurants initiative has proven to be popular with restaurant and bar owners, as well as diners. More than 8,600 restaurants have opened for outdoor dining since phase two kicked off on June 22. Find a restaurant open for al fresco dining near you here.
The current open streets designated for restaurants include (the sponsoring organizations are in parenthesis–those in italics are new):
- Arthur Avenue: From East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue (Belmont BID)
- Cedar Avenue: From West Fordham Road to Landing Road (Salsa Con Fuego)
- Washington Street: From Front Street to Water Street (DUBMO BID)
- Main Street: From Water Street to Plymouth Street (DUMBO BID)
- Dock Street: From Front Street to Water Street (DUMBO BID)
- Anchorage Place: From Water Street to Pearl Street (DUMBO BID)
- 5th Avenue: From Dean Street to Park Place (Park Slope 5th Ave BID)
- 5th Avenue: From President Street to 3rd Street (Park Slope 5th Ave BID)
- 5th Avenue: From 10th to 13th Streets (Park Slope 5th Ave BID)
- Reed Street in Red Hook: From Conover Street to Van Brunt Street (Red Hook Business Alliance/Hometown BBQ)
- Graham Avenue: From Skillman Avenue to Conselyea Street (Concord Hill)
- 5th Avenue: From 40th to 41st Streets (Sunset Park BID)
- Pearl Street: From Broad Street to Hanover Square (Alliance for Downtown NY)
- Pine Street: From William Street to Pearl Street (Alliance for Downtown NY)
- Hester Street: From Mulberry Street to Mott Street (Little Italy Merchants Association)
- Doyers Street in Chinatown: From Bowery to Pell Street (Chinatown BID)
- Canal Street: From Orchard Street to Essex Street (Cervo’s)
- Rivington Street: From Essex Street to Norfolk Street (Rivington East Merchants Association)
- Orchard Street: From Grand Street to Delancey Street (LES BID)
- Broome Street: From Ludlow Street to Allen Street (LES BID)
- Lafayette Street: From Spring Street to Kenmare Street (Osteria Morini)
- Bleecker Street: From Mott Street to Bowery (Von Design Ltd)
- Avenue B: From East 2nd to 3rd Streets (The Hairy Lemon)
- East 7th Street: From Avenue A 1st Avenue (Derossi Global)
- St Marks Place: From 3rd to 2nd Avenues (Village Alliance)
- Jones Street: From Bleecker Street to West 4th Street (Blind Tiger)
- Christopher Street: From Waverly Place to 7th Avenue South (Kettle of Fish)
- MacDougal Street: From West 8th Street to West 3rd Street (MacDougal Merchants Association)
- West 8th Street: From 5th to 6th Avenues (Village Alliance)
- Spring Street: From 6th Avenue to Thompson Street (St Tropez Soho, LLC)
- 9th Avenue: From West 14th to 15th Streets (Meatpacking BID)
- West 13th Street: From Hudson Street to Washington Street (Meatpacking BID)
- Little West 12th Street: From 9th Avenue to Washington Street (Meatpacking BID)
- Gansevoort Street: From Hudson Street to Washington Street (Meatpacking BID)
- Mulberry Street: From Broome Street to Hester Street (Little Italy Merchants Association)
- West 22nd Street: From 5th to 6th Avenues (Flatiron-23rd Street Partnership)
- Broadway: From West 25th to 28th Streets (Flatiron-23rd Street Partnership)
- East 20th Street: From Park Avenue to Broadway (Rezdora)
- East 32nd Street: From 5th Avenue to Madison Avenue (Hungawi Restaraunt)
- W 46th Street: From 8th Avenue to 9th Avenue (Times Square Alliance)
- Dyckman Street in Inwood: From Broadway to Seaman Avenue (Sushi Vida)
- Bell Blvd: From 39th Avenue to 41st Avenue (Bayside Village BID)
- 41st Avenue: From Bell Blvd to 214th Place (Bayside Village BID)
- 70th Road: From Austin Street to Queens Blvd (Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce)
- Austin Street: From 72nd Avenue to 72nd Road (Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce)
- Woodside Avenue: From 76th to 78th Streets (Thai Community USA)
- New Dorp Lane: From New Dorp Plaza to Hylan Blvd (New Dorp BID)
Editor’s Note: Ths story was originally published on July 2, 2020, and has been updated with new information.
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