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.
Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets began year 2 in April with more space, new barriers, planned bike lanes, and a schedule of low-fi entertainment for the street. We encourage you to visit for dining, picnicking, and relaxation all in support of the city’s recovery from the pandemic. When you do, please take time to patronize our sponsors who recognized the warmth and connection Open Streets brings to a neighborhood and donated to support the efforts of local restaurants and volunteers.
Click here for more information about the NYC Department of Transportation Open Streets Policy.