September 28, 2020
The de Blasio administration will make outdoor dining year-round through its Open Restaurants program, which has enrolled more than 10,300 dining establishment since June. The extension also applies to Open Streets: Restaurants, which currently offers restaurants expanded space on 85 car-free streets citywide on certain days.
“The Open Restaurants program has changed New York City’s streetscape over these last several months, and now this administration will work to make that permanent,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Laura Anglin. “The program has helped save tens of thousands of jobs and has been an essential lifeline to an industry that has faced enormous hardships during this pandemic.”
The city will allow restaurants to expand seating to the frontage of adjacent properties, in cooperation with adjacent property owners. As cooler weather arrives, the city will allow restaurants to incorporate heating elements into their outdoor dining setups, including tents.
Pictured: An Open Streets: Restaurants scene in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy NYC Department of Transportation.
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