Mulberry Street Pedestrian Mall Extended in Little Italy
Much like the (dying) Orchard Street pedestrian mall, Mulberry Street is closed to motorists during summertime weekends in an effort to boost shopping in the local businesses here; street fairs are not allowed during such closures. Well, the Little Italy Merchant Association (LIMA) just jockeyed for a one-block extension that incorporates the area between Broome and Kenmare into the Mulberry Street Mall. Community Board 2 signaled their approval of the measure last week.
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The request for expansion originated from commercial newcomers Blue Print Barbers and La Cremeria to spur additional foot traffic to a no-mans-land of sorts, where empty storefronts rule. To bolster the cause, LIMA garnered support from residents on the block, reportedly obtaining signatures from 71 residents who approved.
The Mulberry Street Mall typically runs between Canal and Broome, and has since 1995.