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‘Open Streets’ Create Open Trash Mess on Lower East Side

Posted September 30, 2020 at 5:14 am

The intersection of Orchard and Broome Streets has become a dumping grounds on weekends, according to several neighbors. Comparisons abound to Hell Square immediately north of Delancey Street. This block, like many others, takes advantage of the city’s “Open Streets” plan that allows restaurants to push onto the streets and sidewalks to serve customers. A […]

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Chinatown Merchants Caught in the Middle of ‘Open Streets’ Fight [OP-ED]

Last modified September 4, 2020 at 6:57 am

It is fairly common knowledge by now that Chinatown businesses have suffered greatly since early January due to declining foot traffic caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and the citywide lockdown ordered two months later. Many Chinatown restaurant owners felt optimistic when the phased reopening of the city led to the “Open Restaurants” program, which allowed […]

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Unequal Opportunity for Mott Street ‘Open Restaurants’ [OP-ED]

Posted August 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

New York City rolled out the “Open Restaurant” initiative last month as a lifeline for struggling restaurants during the ongoing ban on inside dining. While many restaurants along Mott Street have participated in the program, some are excluded due to the fire lane on the west side of the street. Yet, curiously, these restrictions don’t […]

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A ‘Lovely Day’ for Open Restaurant Streets on Elizabeth and Spring Streets

Posted August 19, 2020 at 5:06 am

It’s a lovely day for open streets in Little Italy. With a street-closure permit obtained from the Department of Transportation, Elizabeth Street restaurants Lovely Day, Gohan-Ya, and Peasant will be expanding seating further into the roadbed and sidewalk starting this weekend. The trio of local eateries has successfully petitioned the city to close Elizabeth Street […]

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Cop Injured in Hit-and-Run at Rivington Street Open Dining Area

Posted August 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

Police are on the hunt for a Mercedes Benz driver who struck an officer on duty patrolling the “open dining” area at Rivington and Allen Streets. The car was reportedly heading the wrong way on Rivington Street at 4:00am Tuesday morning when it struck an open street dining area near Sauce. Patrolling police confronted the […]

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Additional ‘Open Streets’ Considered for the Lower East Side

Last modified May 12, 2020 at 7:13 am

More “Open Streets” are coming to the Lower East Side. The city’s bold initiative to trade traffic for safe pedestrian space is well underway. The goal is to reach one hundred miles of open roadbed to promote responsible activity and social distancing. Here on the Lower East Side, the streets of Hell Square made the […]

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‘Open Streets’ Program on the Lower East Side Draws Local Criticism

Last modified May 11, 2020 at 8:48 am

As desolate city streets transform to pedestrian use, some locals are criticizing the implementation here on the Lower East Side. “Open Streets,” as the Mayor’s program is known, is the plan to restrict traffic flows, thereby creating free space to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis. The aim is lofty – 40 miles of […]

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Open Streets: Hell Square Partially Closes to Motorists Starting Today

Last modified May 7, 2020 at 8:57 am

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 […]

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