“As a Brooklynite, I know that Open Streets like Vanderbilt Avenue have already illustrated how this city, through the determined and combined involvement of residents and restauranteurs, can thrive in

“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. On weekends, jazz singers

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. View the entire article

“Many restaurants along Vanderbilt say it was a lifeline. ‘It just absolutely beyond changed everything,’ says Ellen Fishman, who owns Amorina, a low-key neighborhood pizza joint. She estimates business was

New York City’s Open Streets program emerged last year as a rare bright spot in a 2020 filled mostly with despair and frustration. Read the entire article at Bklyner.

“Restaurants on Vanderbilt Avenue reported a 54% jump in customer visits in August when Open Streets first launched compared to July—that translated into 45% increases in both revenue and staff

“It was at the height of the pandemic in New York City — Restaurants were hemorrhaging cash and restless residents were getting sick of their tiny apartments — when a