The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council operates the Open Streets program on Vanderbilt Avenue under the NYC Department of Transportation’s Open Streets initiative, and with cooperation from the NYPD.
The program launched as an economic relief effort in August 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic with 22 restaurants participating. Prospect Heights residents quickly embraced traffic-free weekends on Vanderbilt Avenue as a way to safely enjoy a sense of community while supporting local businesses. Restaurants reported an average increase of 54% in customer visits, and increased their staff an average of 45%, leading to an estimated 65-70 jobs being added.
Now in its second year, we hope to see the weekend open streets program on Vanderbilt Avenue become a continuing part of life in Prospect Heights as the city recovers from the pandemic. We encourage you to visit for dining, picnicking, and relaxation.