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City Living, Events

Summer Streets 2019. Photo credit: New York City Department of Transportation on Flickr

New York City’s annual “Summer Streets” program, which closes several miles of streets in Manhattan to cars, will expand to East Harlem this year for the first time ever. Mayor Eric Adams and Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced last week plans to extend the initiative by nearly two miles to East 109th Street. On three Saturdays in August, New Yorkers will be able to enjoy outdoor recreation, performances, fitness classes, and arts and crafts on more than eight miles of open streets spanning from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.

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Policy, Transportation

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.

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City Living, Policy, Transportation

Image courtesy of Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

City officials are continuing their efforts to ensure the safety of New Yorkers traveling the streets. Mayor Eric Adams on Saturday announced a historic $904 million investment to help fund the NYC Streets Plan and address the city’s traffic violence problem by creating a safer and more environmentally friendly transportation infrastructure. Over the next five years, the investment will be used to expand bike lanes and bus lanes throughout the city and will be put towards the creation of new pedestrian spaces.

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City Living, Events

100 streets across NYC to go car-free for Earth Day

By Aaron Ginsburg, Fri, April 8, 2022

Image courtesy of NYC DOT on Flickr

In celebration of Earth Day, the city’s Department of Transportation is hosting the annual Car Free Earth Day, connecting over 100 open streets across the five boroughs, 22 plazas, and over 1,000 miles of the city’s bike network on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. City agencies and community organizations will host programming along the streets to promote environmental activism and education about climate change, sustainability, and other related topics. DOT will also partner with local artists who will be putting on live performances.

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City Living, Policy

Photo by Jim.henderson on Wikimedia

The New York City Council is calling on Mayor Eric Adams to allocate an additional $3.1 billion to build more bike lanes, bus lanes, and space for pedestrians. In a response to the mayor’s preliminary budget for the fiscal year 2023 published this week, the council said the mayor would not be able to fulfill his campaign promise of building 300 miles of protected bus lanes during his first term due to a lack of funding. According to the council, the increased investment would allow for 500 miles of protected bike lanes, 500 miles of bus lanes, and 38 million square feet of open pedestrian space, according to the Council’s proposal.

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Policy, Transportation

All images courtesy of the NYC Department of Transportation

Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez last Friday announced the city will be piloting a new bike parking model this spring. DOT will be testing Brooklyn-based company Oonee’s “Mini,” a prototype of the company’s six-bike corral, at five high-traffic locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens over the next couple of months. The pilot program is part of the city’s broader effort to expand secure bike parking.

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City Living, Policy, Restaurants

Maiden Korea, 316 5th Avenue; Courtesy of Alfresco NYC

The New York City Council on Thursday approved the Open Restaurants zoning text amendment to NYC’s Zoning Resolution, an important step in the path to making permanent outdoor dining a part of city life. The zoning amendment expands the areas where outdoor dining can be considered to all NYC neighborhoods. The amendment joins proposed legislative changes that would cut red tape for restaurant owners.

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Policy, Transportation

Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

Last year, New York City experienced the highest level of traffic fatalities in over a decade, a majority of which took place at street intersections. Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday announced a plan to better protect pedestrians, including improving the design of 1,000 intersections across the city, constructing 100 raised crosswalks annually, and enforcing a new traffic rule that requires drivers and cyclists to fully stop for pedestrians when traffic controls are not in place.

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Policy, Transportation

The Brooklyn Bridge bike lane is finally open

By Devin Gannon, Wed, September 15, 2021

Photo by the New York City Department of Transportation on Flickr

A long-awaited two-way protected bike lane officially opened on the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday. Advocated for years by cyclists, the new path replaces the innermost car lane of the Manhattan-bound side of the iconic bridge and leaves the existing elevated promenade for pedestrians only. Both foot and bike traffic on the bridge, nicknamed the “Times Square in the Sky,” skyrocketed in recent years, leading to dangerous, crowded conditions.

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City Living, Events

Summer Streets 2019; Photo courtesy of New York City Department of Transportation on Flickr

New York City’s original “Open Streets” return this August. The Department of Transportation announced “Summer Streets,” the annual initiative that transforms seven miles of Manhattan streets into a car-free oasis, will take place on August 7 and August 14. While the city’s popular Open Streets program was established last year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Summer Streets is now in its 13th year.

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