Earlier this month, Mayor de Blasio announced the city aimed to open 100 miles of NYC streets so New Yorkers would have more outdoors space as the weather warmed up.
As of this weekend, they have opened 43 miles of streets throughout all five boroughs to both pedestrians and cyclists. Now NYC now has more open streets than any other city in the entire country.
To see the full listing and find one near you, click here. But here are a few highlights:
- Broadway from East 21st St. – 23rd St. and East 25th – 28th St. in Manhattan
- 137th to Main St. in Flushing, Queens
- Fordham Road to Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx
- Macon St. to Fulton St. in Brooklyn
- Forest Avenue to Victory Blvd. in Staten Island
No through traffic is permitted on these streets, except for pick-ups/drop-offs, necessary city service, utility, and emergency vehicles, though they must drive at 5 MPH and be “hyper-vigilant.”
Open street hours are from 8am to 8pm, but may vary slightly depending on staff availability (those hours are also specified in this listing).
You can fill out this online survey if you have recommendations of which streets should be opened as part of the initiative. They are still hoping to grow to 100 miles over the course of the summer.
“New Yorkers deserve space to safely enjoy the outdoors in their own neighborhoods,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Thanks to hard work from a host of City agencies, we’ve beaten our Open Streets goal for this month – and made our city a national leader in expanding public space as we fight COVID-19.”
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