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

The city’s decision to close down roadways across the five boroughs to thru-traffic and transform them into much-needed public spaces for New Yorkers trapped in their apartments during the pandemic was initially rushed and haphazard. But as city officials and neighborhood volunteers got their bearings, and local restaurants were invited to make use of some spaces, the city’s 67 miles of Open Streets became broadly popular oases that allowed city residents to engage with their neighborhoods in a new way.

The Vanderbilt Avenue Open Street last year. (Image: Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council) New York City’s Open Streets program emerged last year as a rare bright spot in a 2020 filled mostly with despair and frustration.

The city’s decision to close down roadways across the five boroughs to thru-traffic and […]

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