Open Streets, Summer Streets, COVID-19, coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio
A view of New York City during Summer Streets in 2017 Photo: Flckr

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced the opening of 12 more miles of streets and an additional nine new miles of temporary protected bike lanes to pedestrians and cyclists for his Open Streets initiative.

Similar to Summer Streets, aimed at giving New Yorkers more space to move around outdoor during warm weather without the worry of traffic, Open Streets offers the same, in light of social distancing and particularly as the weather warms.

The additional miles of Open Streets will bring New York City’s total to 30 miles of streets since the program was announced on April 27, with a goal of opening 100 miles total by summer.

“Now that warmer weather has arrived, New Yorkers will need more options to enjoy the outdoors at a safe, social distance,” said Mayor de Blasio. “We’re grateful to all our local partners, and we believe new bike lanes will lay the groundwork for a cycling surge in the months and years to come.”

A mother and young child push strollers while walking on a street open to pedestrians and cyclists, while closed to vehicular traffic. Other pedestrians wearing face masks are walking in the distance

Open Streets are available daily, from 8:00am to 8:00pm (unless otherwise noted) for pedestrians and cyclists to use the roadbed of the street while maintaining at least six feet of distance from others. Opening hours may vary by location due to NYPD staffing.

No through traffic permitted while Open Streets are in effect. Vehicle traffic is limited to local deliveries, pick-ups/drop-offs, necessary city service vehicles, utility vehicles and emergency vehicles only. These drivers are advised to be extremely cautious and to drive 5 MPH or slower.

Members of the public and organizations wishing to have other New York City streets considered for the Open Streets program may fill out an online survey. NYC DOT, NYPD and others will evaluate all suggestions for viability. If you have questions, please contact your NYC DOT Borough Commissioner’s office.

Brooklyn Open Streets Locations:

Open Street
1st PlaceSmith StreetHenry StreetFull Block
Carroll Gardens
2nd PlaceSmith StreetHenry StreetFull Block
Carroll Gardens
38th StreetDahill Road15th AvenueFull Block
Dome Playground/Kensington
4th PlaceSmith StreetHenry StreetFull Block
Carroll Gardens
4th Street5th Avenue4th AvenueFull Block 10am-6pm
Park Slope 5th Ave BID
6th Avenue44th Street51st StreetFull Block
Sunset Park
Berry StreetNorth 12th StreetBroadwayFull Block
Cadman Plaza EastJohnson StreetTillary StreetFull Block
Korean War Veterans Plaza/Brooklyn Heights
Congress StreetClinton StreetHenry StreetFull Block
Cobble Hill Park/Cobble Hill
East 7th StreetCaton AvenueDitmas AvenueFull Block
Grattan StreetMorgan AvenueBogart StreetFull Block Wednesday-Sunday 10am-8pm
Pine Box Rock Shop/Bushwick
Hall StreetPark AvenueMyrtle AvenueFull Block
Clinton Hill
Joralemon StreetHicks StreetFurman StreetFull Block
Brooklyn Heights
Lawrence StreetFulton StreetWilloughby StreetFull Block 10am-6pm
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Leonard StreetMontrose AvenueBoerum StreetFull Block
Sternberg Park/Bushwick
Nassau AvenueBanker StreetLorimer StreetFull Block
McCarren Park/Greenpoint
Newkirk AvenueConey Island AvenueEast 17th StreetFull Block Tuesday & Thursday 3pm-7pm
Flatbush Development Corporation
Parkside AvenuePark CircleOcean AvenueFull Block
Prospect Park
Prospect Park West3rd StreetGarfield PlaceFull Block
Prospect Park
Prospect PlaceNew York AvenueBrooklyn AvenueFull Block
Crown Heights
Sackman StreetTruxton StreetFulton StreetFull Block
Callahan-Kelly Playground
Sharon StreetMorgan AvenueOlive StreetFull Block
Cooper Park/Williamsburg
Smith StreetAtlantic AvenueFulton StreetProtected Bike Lane
Downtown Brooklyn
South Portland AvenueSouth Elliot StreetDekalb AvenueFull Block
Fort Greene
St. Marks Place3rd Avenue4th AvenueFull Block
Boerum Hill
Suydam StreetKnickerbocker AvenueIrving AvenueFull Block
Maria Hernandez Park/Bushwick
Willoughby StreetPearl StreetLawrence StreetFull Block 10am-6pm
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

NYC Open Streets are here to help New Yorkers practice safe social distancing. For a list of locations in each borough, go here.

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