Seven Miles of NYC Streets to Open Monday, May 4 as part of the Open Streets Initiative

Seven Miles of NYC Streets to Open Monday, May 4 as part of the Open Streets Initiative

Update – May 2

Mayor de Blasio issued the following tweet on May 1 which we managed to miss. A post stating that the Open Streets Initiative would in fact begin today, May 2 and not on Monday, May 4 as originally planned.

Original Story:

As part of the new Open Streets Initiative, seven miles of space would be opened beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. The announcement came during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily COVID-19 Response Press Conference. This comes days after the initial announcement on April 27 that the city would eventually open up to 100 miles of streets and space for pedestrian use; for the sake of better enabling them to social distance.

The mayor outlined which parks would be included.

First Streets Opening Monday include 4.5 miles inside the following Parks:

  • Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan
  • Flushing Meadows in Queens
  • Forest Hill Park in Queens
  • Callahan-Kelly Park in Brooklyn
  • Grant Park in the Bronx
  • Silver Lake Park in Staten Island

Also, 2.7 miles of streets adjacent to parks will be closed around the following parks:

  • Williamsbridge Oval in the Bronx
  • Court Square in Queens
  • Carl Schurz Park in Upper Manhattan
  • Highbridge Park in Upper Manhattan
  • Prospect Park in Brooklyn
  • Stapleton Waterfront Park in Staten Island
  • Lt. William Tighe Triangle in Northern Manhattan

“We do know warmer weather’s gonna draw out more people, that’s obvious – and we also know that Thank God, the NYPD and all the agencies are getting back their personnel in really great numbers, so they’re regaining their strength in terms of being able to enforce farther and farther across the city and better and better. So, with the city council we agreed that we would put together a plan to open 40 miles of streets in May – A 100 miles overall over the course of this crisis. The focus would be on those streets near parks because we expect them to attract a lot of people in the warmer weather. We want to expand the parks, if you will, by opening these streets – and of course the hardest hit neighborhoods. The place where you’ve seen this disease have the most devastating effect,” said Mayor de Blasio.

Also present for the conference was DOT Commissioner, Polly Trottenberg.

Commissioner Trottenberg: “DOT, NYPD, FDNY were working with parks and we hoped to be working with local BIDs and neighborhood groups to use barricades and sawhorses and good signage to remind people that these are what we’re now calling Open Streets for pedestrians and cyclists. If emergency vehicles and deliveries need to get through, they can. The goal is to minimize any vehicle activity and agencies and other partners will help to man the barricades and keep an eye on them.”

A more detailed outline of the streets to be closed was provided by the Office of the NYC Council Speaker, Corey Johnson as well as the Mayor’s Office.

Beginning Monday, May 4, the following streets within parks will be open:

Park Boro Street From To Mileage
Fort Tryon Park MN Margaret Corbin Drive Fort Washington Ave Cabrini Blvd 0.88
Forest Park QN Freedom Drive Park Lane S Myrtle Ave 1.10
East Main Drive Metropolitan Ave Overlook Parking Lot
West Main Drive Band Shell Lot Golf Course Lot
Silver Lake Park SI Silver Lake Park Rd Forest Ave Victory Blvd 0.72
Callahan-Kelly BK Sackman Pl Truxton St Fulton St 0.05
Flushing Meadows Corona Park QN Meadow Lake Drive Model Airplane Field Meadow Lk Bridge Parking Lot 1.50
Grant Park BX Grant Ave 170th St 169th St 0.20
Total mileage 4.45

 

The following streets adjacent to parks will also be open.

Park Boro Street From To Mileage
Williamsbridge Oval BX Reservoir Oval E/W Bainbridge Ave Bainbridge Ave 0.60
Court Square QN Court Sq W Jackson Ave Dead End 0.10
Carl Schurz Park MN East End Ave E 83rd St E 89th St 0.31
Lt. William Tighe Triangle MN Dyckman St Broadway Seaman 0.05
Prospect Park BK Prospect Park West 3rd Street Garfield Place 0.15
Parkside Ave Park Circle Ocean Ave 0.56
Stapleton Waterfront Park SI Front Street Canal St Edgewater St 0.51
Highbridge Park MN Laurel Hill Terrace Amsterdam Ave Amsterdam Ave 0.41