City expands Open Streets: Restaurants at 40 locations
by Benjamin Fang
Sep 23, 2020 | 1982 views | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Grand Street from Marcy Avenue to Roebling Street in Williamsburg is participating in the Open Streets: Restaurants initiative.
Grand Street from Marcy Avenue to Roebling Street in Williamsburg is participating in the Open Streets: Restaurants initiative.
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Streets will be temporarily closed on weekdays for outdoor dining at 40 locations throughout New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week.

Partner organizations, ranging from business improvement districts to restaurants themselves, met with the de Blasio administration earlier this month and submitted applications to expand the Open Streets: Restaurants initiative to weekdays.

Previously, the program only offered car-free hours on weekends.

“Restaurants deserve every chance they can get to serve more customers this fall, and as the weather gets cooler, New Yorkers deserve every chance they can get to enjoy outdoor dining,” de Blasio said in a statement. “The Open Streets: Restaurants program has been a success, and we’re proud to grow its reach and give restaurants more tools to make it through this crisis.”

Open Streets: Restaurants is now operating on 87 streets across the five boroughs. The broader Open Restaurants initiative, which allows outdoor dining, on sidewalks, in curbside parking spaces on streets open to traffic and at select pedestrian plazas, now has 10,200 participating businesses.

The city said that program saved an estimated 90,000 jobs throughout the five boroughs. It is slated to run through the end of October.

“The success of the Open Restaurants program can be seen and felt in every borough,” said Jonnel Doris, commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services (SBS). “We are thrilled about this latest announcement which continues to address the needs we’ve been hearing from the restaurant industry.”

The majority of the streets participating in the expanded Open Streets: Restaurants initiative are in Manhattan. In Queens, the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce will operate the program on 70th Road from Austin Street to Queens Boulevard.

In Brooklyn, the Atlantic Avenue BID will operate on Hoyt Street from Atlantic Avenue to State Street from Fridays to Sunday. Gertie Restaurant will be in charge of Grand Street from Marcy Avenue to Roebling Street in Williamsburg from Thursday to Sunday.

The Red Hook Business Alliance, as well as Hometown Bar-B-Que, will run the program on Reed Street from Conover Street to Van Brunt Street from Tuesday to Sunday.

Mitchell Rosen, managing partner at Hometown Bar-B-Que, called Open Streets: Restaurants “a great initiative.”

“New York City restaurants can use all of the help we can get,” he said. “Come down to Red Hook and visit Reed Street while it is open for outdoor dining during the week.”
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