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NYC Open Streets: Restaurants Will Expand to Weekdays at 40 Locations Citywide

Mayor de Blasio Announces Open Streets: Restaurants will Expand to Weekdays at 40 Locations Citywide

First-ever weekday hours available for popular, car-free outdoor dining initiative

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the first Open Streets: Restaurant partner organizations that will begin temporary street closures on weekdays for outdoor dining along select corridors. Earlier this month, the Administration had invited BIDs, community-based organizations, and groups of restaurants to submit applications to expand the enormously popular Open Streets: Restaurants, an initiative that combines the Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs. Previously, car-free hours had been limited to 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,” said Mayor de Blasio. “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.”

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

“The Open Streets initiative has already saved tens of thousands of jobs across New York City, and so we expect that car-free outdoor dining on weekdays will give an even greater boost to the economy and the quality of life of our neighborhoods,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “We thank Mayor de Blasio and all of our agency partners and community organizations who have stepped up to expand what has already been an incredibly successful team effort.  Open Restaurants has been a lifeline for the restaurant industry during the COVID crisis, and has also helped all New Yorkers see new possibilities for how to use our streets in the future.”

Open Streets: Restaurants is now operating on 87 participating streets across the five boroughs. The broader Open Restaurants initiative, which includes outdoor dining on sidewalks and in curbside parking spaces on streets open to traffic, and select pedestrian plazas, has surpassed 10,200 participating businesses in just over three months, saving an estimated 90,000 jobs across the five boroughs. The program continues through the end of October.

Weekday hours will begin as early as Thursday, September 17, varying by location. Hours for each participating location can be found on the Open Streets: Restaurants homepage.

Open Streets: Restaurants Locations Adding Weekday Hours: 

Partner On Street From Street To Street Borough Days
Belmont BID Arthur Ave E 188th St Crescent Ave BX Thur-Sun
Atlantic Avenue BID Hoyt St Atlantic Ave State St BK Fri-Sun
GERTIE RESTAURANT LLC Grand St Marcy Ave Roebling St BK Thur-Sun
Red Hook Business Alliance/Hometown BBQ Reed St Conover St Van Brunt St BK Tue-Sun
Alliance for Downtown NY Ann St Nassau St William St MN ALL
Alliance for Downtown NY Pearl St Broad St Hanover Sq MN ALL
Alliance for Downtown NY Pine St William St Pearl St MN ALL
Becaf LLC Ave B E 2nd St E 3rd St MN ALL
Bistro Les Amis Spring St Thompson St W Broadway MN ALL
Blind Tiger Jones St Bleecker St W 4th St MN ALL
Casa Nomad restaurant and Akin Hospitality Group Broadway W 29th St W 31st St MN ALL
Cervo’s Canal St Orchard St Essex St MN ALL
Chinatown BID Doyers St Bowery Pell St MN ALL
Chinatown BID/CCBA Pell St Bowery Mott St MN ALL
Derossi Global E 7th St Ave A 1st Ave MN ALL
Dyckman Gardens Dykcman St Broadway Seaman Ave MN ALL
Flatiron 23rd St Partnership W 22nd St 5th Ave 6th Ave MN ALL
Flatiron 23rd St Partnership Broadway W 25th St W 28th St MN ALL
Flatiron 23rd St Partnership Broadway E 21st St E 22nd St MN ALL
Hopkins & Hawley Front St Beekman St Peck Slip MN ALL
il Buco Bond St Lafayette St Bowery MN ALL
LES Partnership Orchard St Grand St Delancey St MN ALL
LES Partnership Broome St Ludlow St Allen St MN ALL
Mari Makan LLC Spring St Mott St Elizabeth St MN ALL
Meatpacking BID 9th Ave W 14th St W 15th St MN ALL
Meatpacking BID W 13th St Hudson St Washington St MN ALL
Meatpacking BID Little W 12th St 9th Ave Washington St MN ALL
Meatpacking BID Gansevoort St Hudson St Washington St MN ALL
Osteria Morini Lafayette St Spring St Kenmare St MN ALL
Peasant Elizabeth St Spring St Prince St MN ALL
Rezdora E 20th St Park Ave Broadway MN ALL
Scarpetta Restaurant E 29th st Madison Ave 5th Ave MN ALL
St Tropez Soho, LLC Spring St 6th Ave Thompson St MN Thur-Sun
Von Design Ltd Bleecker St Mott St Bowery MN Tue-Sun
Gramercy Neighborhood Associates E 18th St Park Ave S Irving Pl MN ALL
Times Square Alliance W 46th St 8th Ave 9th Ave MN ALL
Times Square Alliance W 46th St 6th Ave 7th Ave MN ALL
Restaurant Marc Forgione Reade St W Broadway Greenwich St MN ALL
KioRestaurant, LLC (d.b.a. Khe-Yo) Duane St Hudson St W Broadway MN ALL
Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce 70th Rd Austin St Queens Blvd QN ALL

 

“The Open Streets Restaurants program has helped many small businesses struggling to stay open during these challenging times. We must continue expanding on the success of this initiative and make it accessible to all restaurants across the City. This initiative has allowed New Yorkers to reclaim their streets, creating car-free areas throughout the five boroughs. However, we need to make sure we are also setting up all proper safety road measures to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chairman of the Transportation Committee. “I will continue to work closely alongside Mayor de Blasio, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Speaker Corey Johnson, and small businesses to ensure that consumers are kept safe and that we continue expanding this important initiative.”

“The open streets program has really helped the restaurants that have been able to participate,” said Leslie Brown, President, Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. “As we are not ready for full capacity indoor dining being able to be outside with extended seats 7 days a week is a win for these restaurant owners. The community loves outdoor dining too!”

“Open Streets: Restaurants has been a life saver for my business.  Not only does it provide extra space helping drive revenue, it has also helped create a safe place for people to dine.  Thank you for trusting us to keep the people of NYC safe while we get back to doing what we love.  Thank you for understanding the importance of NYC restaurants and being so helpful in getting our businesses up and running again,” said Sara Grizzle, Owner, Poco Restaurant.

“Open Streets: Restaurants has been a literal breath of fresh air for New Yorkers and a lifeline for many businesses,” said Jessica Lappin, President of the Alliance for Downtown New York. “We are delighted the program will be extended and expanded and are proud to play a role in supporting its operation.”

“It is a great initiative. New York City restaurants can use all of the help we can get,” said Mitchell Rosen, Managing Partner, Hometown Bar-B-Que. “Come down to Red Hook and visit Reed St while it is open for outdoor dining during the week. The City is getting better every day!”

“The Open Streets program has significantly helped Rezdôra and our neighbors on 20th Street. We are thankful for an expansion of the program as we continue to navigate this unusual time and look forward to welcoming guests in the open air for the foreseeable future,” said David Switzer, Partner, Rezdora.

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