Open Streets: Hell Square Partially Closes to Motorists Starting Today

Posted on: May 7th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

The streets of Hell Square are sealed to vehicular traffic starting today. This new change is part of the city’s overarching “Open Streets” initiative to free up pedestrian space during the coronavirus shutdown.

Today’s changes include:

  • Orchard Street, between Delancey and East Houston (already a pedestrian mall on Sundays)
  • Ludlow Street, between Delancey and East Houston
  • Stanton Street, between Allen and Essex
  • Rivington Street, between Allen and Essex

The temporary blockades will remain in place daily from 8:00am to 12:00pm. No vehicular traffic is permitted during this time.

Goal is to open 40 miles of city street by month end, with a plan to further expand to 100 miles. The impetus of Open Streets is to allow free space to encourage social distancing during the crisis.

The Lower East Side Partnership – the area’s business improvement district – will oversee the temporary closure to ensure smooth operations.

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