“Nation-leading program dedicating roadway space for recreation, outdoor dining, learning, and cultural programming now a permanent part of NYC’s urban landscape”
“On the last Saturday of the summer, residents of Prospect Heights came out to enjoy the city’s open streets. News 12’s Cecilia Hua was there on Vanderbilt Avenue.”
Artist Cara Lynch’s “Carpet Collage” draws inspiration from different cultures in an aim to represent New York City’s diversity.
New designation will bring cultural activities, community-based programming, landscaping, and art installations to 15 streets throughout the city.
“Open Streets like Vanderbilt Avenue have already illustrated how this city, through the determined and combined involvement of residents and restauranteurs, can thrive in this recovery.”
“The City Council passed legislation making the city’s open streets program permanent and adding new provisions to ensure its success.”
“On Vanderbilt Avenue between August and November 2020, neighborhood organizers sectioned off five blocks so restaurants could spread out their outdoor seating. The effect was transformational.”
“Vanderbilt Avenue was one of the open street successes last year. It will return this year — again, thanks to a massive fundraising and volunteer effort.”
“’It just absolutely beyond changed everything,’ says Ellen Fishman, who owns Amorina, a low-key neighborhood pizza joint. She estimates business was up at least 25 percent above where it would have been during a normal, non-pandemic summer.”
“New York City’s Open Streets program emerged last year as a rare bright spot in a 2020 filled mostly with despair and frustration.”