Sidewalk and curbside dining has become popular during the pandemic. It has been a lifeline for the industry. 

As the city creates a permanent program, current structures are being looked at by the city. Regular inspections have been a part of the plan since it began last year. More than 56,000 have been done. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked crews with the department of transportation, which oversees the program, to make sure structures are still being used and have not been abandoned.

“Go and review each one and talk to the owners of any place where they’re not using it for outdoor dining. Tell them they have some days to get right, or it should be pulled back and opened up again for parking,” he said this week. 

NEW YORK — Sidewalk and curbside dining has become popular during the pandemic. It has been a lifeline for the industry.

As the city creates a permanent program, current structures are being looked at by the city. Regular inspections have been a part of the plan since it began last […]

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