Mayor De Blasio Makes Open Streets Permanent Part Of New York City’s Urban Landscape
NEW YORK—At a bill signing ceremony alongside elected officials and community advocates at the Dyckman Street Open Street in Inwood, Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed official legislation to make Open Streets a permanent part of New York City’s urban landscape. Joined by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, and Council Member Carlina Rivera, the Mayor signed Intro.1933-A into law, which requires the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to administer a permanent program. Under the program, Open Streets will be either managed directly by NYC DOT or by working with community partners.
New York City first created Open Streets in April 2020. Last year, the City created 83 miles of Open Streets, the most in the United States. A full list of Open Streets can be found at www.nyc.gov/openstreets.
“Open Streets transformed our city and changed the way we came together as communities. Now, a Recovery for All of Us is coming alive in our streets – and our urban landscape will forever play host to joyful gatherings of families, pedestrians, cyclists, and small businesses,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “COVID-19 is temporary, but getting the most out of life in New York City is permanent. Open Streets are here to stay!”