Vanderbilt Avenue Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who organizes Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets?

A: Vanderbilt Open Streets is a community-led initiative organized by the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council  in coordination with NYC Department of Transportation’s NYC-wide Open Streets Program.

Q: Where can I learn about upcoming programming? 

A: Our events calendar can be found here.  Check back often as we are continuously adding new programs and events!

Q: How can I apply to perform?

A: We’re always looking for new programming, you can submit a proposal here.

Q: Can I sell food or merchandise on Vanderbilt Avenue during Open Streets?  

A: Only street vendors with valid permits from the City of New York are allowed to sell food or merchandise during Open Streets.

Q: Can I raise money for a charity during Open Streets?  

A: Our permits with the City don’t allow for fundraising on Vanderbilt Avenue. (Unfortunately, that includes our own fundraising, too.) If your non-profit organization would like to table on the street, please contact us here.

Q: Can I reserve space during Open Streets for a private event?  

A: Even during Open Streets, Vanderbilt Avenue is a public street, so space cannot be reserved. You are welcome to invite friends to join you on Vanderbilt Avenue, though. We just ask you leave room for others to pass by on the roadway.

Q: Can I have a barbecue on Vanderbilt Avenue? 

A: No. It is illegal (and dangerous) to barbecue on New York City streets.

Q: What are the hours of operation?  Will Vanderbilt Open Streets be canceled for rain or inclement weather?  

A: The 2022 season runs from April 1st through November 20th.  The Street is Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday weather permitting during the following hours:

  • Fridays: 5PM – 10PM
  • Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 12PM – 10PM
  • Vanderbilt Ave closes to traffic one hour before start and reopens one hour after closing.
  • Updates to schedule due to weather are posted to social media channels, find us here.

Q: How can I support Vanderbilt Open Streets? 

A: Vanderbilt Open Streets is possible thanks to volunteers, local business partners and donations:

You can help to support Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets by making a tax-deductible donation to PHNDC here.