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    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City's "Open Restaurants" initiative will be permanent and year-round."I believe this will make it a lot easier for restaurants to survive," he said.The mayor said a combination of "Open Streets" and "Open Restaurants" will be permanent and affects 87 streets citywide."This will really help us, it's an important part of how we recover as a city," he said.Mayor Bill de Blasio had announced back in August that 9,000 restaurants were taking part in the city's Open Restaurants Program that allows them to offer outdoor dining.The city estimates it has saved some 80,000 jobs with the program.The Open Restaurant Program allows restaurants to promote open space, enhance...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Theaters have been dark since the spring, but the spotlight is on a new plan that could allow shows to move outdoors. Struggling artists are hopeful the New York City Council will pass a bill allowing arts and cultural groups to apply for free permits to use public outdoor spaces for performances, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported Thursday. MORE: Cancelations Of Major NYC Events Raises Concerns About Ripple Effects For Restaurants, Hotels And More “Do it now! Please do it now!” said Jena Van Elslander. Van Elslander and her troupe of dancers have been filming socially distanced shows in Times Square every weekend, called the TSQ Project. “People want to see that life and the energy and...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Drag racing has quickly become a prime concern for residents living around Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights, and some of them are turning to the city’s Open Streets program as their best option for restoring a sense of safety. In a letter to the city Department of Transportation, the group tells the agency that street racing is endangering the general welfare of residents but also poses a threat to a nearby schools after a speeding car plowed into a bus recently. It’s time to shut the road down if possible, they say. “It’s a miracle no one has been killed,” local...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Forty locations across New York City will now participate in the city's Open Streets: Restaurants initiative on weekdays.The program previously allowed for street closures to expand car-free, outdoor dining along select corridors on weekends, but starting Thursday, the 40 locations are adding weekday hours too."Restaurants deserve every chance they can get to serve more customers this fall - and, as the weather gets cooler, New Yorkers deserve every chance they can get to enjoy outdoor dining," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "The Open Streets: Restaurants program has been a success, and we're proud to grow its reach and give restaurants more tools to make it through this crisis."RELATED | City Council approves 10% dining surcharge to...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Forty locations across New York City will now participate in the city's Open Streets: Restaurants initiative on weekdays.The program previously allowed for street closures to expand car-free, outdoor dining along select corridors on weekends, but starting Thursday, the 40 locations are adding weekday hours too."Restaurants deserve every chance they can get to serve more customers this fall - and, as the weather gets cooler, New Yorkers deserve every chance they can get to enjoy outdoor dining," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "The Open Streets: Restaurants program has been a success, and we're proud to grow its reach and give restaurants more tools to make it through this crisis."RELATED | City Council approves 10% dining surcharge to...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City While indoor dining above 25% capacity may not materialize before the winter months drive New Yorkers back to their radiators, restaurants could have the opportunity to make more money while they can. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his administration would set aside additional locations in the five boroughs for eateries to serve outdoors on weekdays with streets closed to vehicular traffic as an expansion of the Open Streets and Open Restaurants initiative based on applications by BIDs, community-based organizations and groups of restaurant owners. “Restaurants deserve every chance they can get to serve more customers this fall – and, as the...
    MEDFORD (CBS) – Massachusetts arcades will be allowed to reopen next week, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Thursday. Initially, the businesses were not slated to welcome back customers until Phase 4 of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan. Businesses that are in Phase 4 aren’t able to open until there is a coronavirus vaccine or therapy. “Arcades have been open for a while in some of the states surrounding us and we spent a lot of time talking to our colleagues in those states,” said Baker. “They basically said that with capacity limitations, rules, hand sanitizer and all the rest, that they’ve been able to be open safely.” Baker made the announcement during a press briefing at Bistro 5 in Medford....
    (CNN)The New York Philharmonic was stuck in traffic.It was late afternoon on a Friday, and the red, white and black Ford F-250 pickup truck at the heart of the Philharmonic's new "pull-up" concert series was traveling at speeds familiar to anyone who has ever tried to cross a few miles worth of Brooklyn during rush hour.It has been more than five months since the New York Philharmonic, the nation's oldest symphony orchestra, closed the doors to its famous Lincoln Center concert hall in early March, as the coronavirus pandemic started to take hold of the city. In that time, over 23,000 New Yorkers are suspected to have died from Covid-19. Told to close their doors in the spring, many city...
    Six extra NYC streets will near automotive visitors to make manner for out of doors eateries this weekend, Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned Friday. The six new areas in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan be part of 75 streets already taking part within the “open streets” eating program, which permits eating places to arrange extra out of doors tables than are usually allowed on streets with automotive visitors. The brand new additions embody Hoyt Road in Brooklyn between Pacific Road and State Road and Ditmars Boulevard in Queens, together with blocks of West 36th Road, East 28th Road and East 29th Road in Manhattan. “We’re persevering with to reimagine our city panorama and provides small companies extra probability than ever...
    Six more NYC streets will close to car traffic to make way for outdoor eateries this weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. The six new locations in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan join 75 streets already participating in the “open streets” dining program, which allows restaurants to set up more outdoor tables than are typically allowed on streets with car traffic. The new additions include Hoyt Street in Brooklyn between Pacific Street and State Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Queens, along with blocks of West 36th Street, East 28th Street and East 29th Street in Manhattan. “We’re continuing to reimagine our urban landscape and give small businesses more chance than ever to recoup their losses from COVID-19,” de Blasio...
    Six more NYC streets will close to car traffic to make way for outdoor eateries this weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. The six new locations in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan join 75 streets already participating in the “open streets” dining program, which allows restaurants to set up more outdoor tables than are typically allowed on streets with car traffic. The new additions include Hoyt Street in Brooklyn between Pacific Street and State Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Queens, along with blocks of West 36th Street, East 28th Street and East 29th Street in Manhattan. “We’re continuing to reimagine our urban landscape and give small businesses more chance than ever to recoup their losses from COVID-19,” de Blasio said...
    She desires the hizzoner to be historical past. The most recent “Actual Housewife of New York,” Leah McSweeney, is so fed up with town’s rise in crime and homelessness that she desires Mayor Invoice de Blasio out of workplace. “Nobody thinks he’s doing an excellent job, and he actually ought to step down,” McSweeney, solely informed The Publish Wednesday. “His legacy might be ruining New York Metropolis for an excellent period of time. He’s simply in over his head.” The 37-year-old native New Yorker and FiDi resident stated she reached a tipping level earlier this month after she was practically attacked in broad daylight whereas dropping her 13-year-old daughter, Kier, off at Kier’s dad’s home. “I’m strolling out of...
    I scream, you scream — we all scream when this truck comes down the block. A scofflaw ice cream truck driver has made a twice-daily ritual out of plowing through the wooden barriers meant to cordon off a Brownstone Brooklyn street, neighbors say — spurring an investigation by NYPD. Video shot by local parent Dan Starobin shows the truck entering westbound into Pacific Street in Boerum Hill on three separate occasions this week alone — 2:30 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Tuesday — though the dad says it has been going on for more than a month. Each time, the truck rolls right over the police barricades at Bond Street that are supposed to stop vehicles entering...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio advised New Yorkers to not buy cars during a press conference on Thursday as some continue to worry about the risk of spreading and contracting the novel coronavirus on public transit.  “Cars are the past, the future is going to be mass transit, biking, walking…I’m never going to own a car again I can tell you that much,” de Blasio told reporters. De Blasio was asked about his opinion on cars by Politico after committing to expanding on the city’s open streets and open restaurant initiatives earlier in the press conference.  De Blasio called both initiatives “overwhelming...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY DANNY HARRIS AND BETSY PLUM Four months ago, traffic engineers in major cities around the world were asking themselves the same questions: How does a crowded city, reliant on underground trains, function in an airborne pandemic? What would happen if everyone started to drive instead? Predicting carmageddon, forward leaning cities got out ahead of the problem. From London to Los Angeles, mayors discouraged driving by offering ambitious new alternatives. In Milan, it was Strade AperteI. In Paris, Corona Cycleways. But across the globe, the idea was the same: close a network of streets to cars and open them to people,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than a dozen additional streets across New York City are now closed to traffic to help with outdoor dining. Fifteen new streets have been added to the list of locations that are blocked off specifically to allow for more outdoor seating, CBS2’s Cory James reports. RELATED STORY: New York City Expands Open Streets Program To Give Restaurants More Room For Outdoor Dining The area at Spring and Thompson streets in SoHo is now one of the city’s 62 designated spots. People were out Saturday enjoying its opening weekend. Fifteen new streets were added in August 2020 to New York City’s list of locations that are blocked off specifically to allow for more outdoor seating. (Credit:...
    With little ceremony, City Hall announced Friday it is nixing two Brooklyn thoroughfares that border the borough’s landmark Prospect Park from the popular Open Streets program. The move will again allow cars on Prospect Park West from Garfield to Third streets and on Parkside Avenue from Park Circle to Ocean Avenue. Those stretches had been converted for pedestrian and bike use during the daytime following a chorus of complaints that crowding on Prospect Park’s paved loop and walking trails made social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic difficult. The two stretches were among eight axed from the pedestrianization program and reopened to traffic. The others include: Brooklyn’s East 7th Street from Canton Street to Ditmas Avenue; The Bronx’s Louis...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The city will be switching some of its Open Streets locations and adding a new set of “Play Streets” to the program, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday.  Activities across “Play Streets” will include reading corners, dance classes, yoga classes, basketball, frisbee, softball, Wiffle ball, kickball, laser tag and stations to play giant board games like Connect 4 and Jenga. Arts and Crafts spots will also be set up across “Play Streets” where kids can make their own kaleidoscope, birdhouses, rhythm drums and cloud climbers. There will also be no-touch obstacle courses provided but Lab Street, a New York City-based...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city is expanding its Open Streets program to include “play streets.” Children will be able to take part in activities from arts and crafts to giant board games to basketball, kickball and more – all will follow the city’s social distancing guidelines. The initiative involves partnerships with the Fresh Air Fund, Building Health Communities and the Police Athletic League. RELATED STORY: New York City Expands Open Streets Program To Give Restaurants More Room For Outdoor Dining According to the mayor’s office, Street Lab, a city-based nonprofit that creates outdoor furniture for public spaces, will provide 160 custom benches and a touchless obstacle course. Play streets will run on weekdays through...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Chinatown has always been a hot spot for tourists and great food, but many have stopped coming to the area since December, when COVID-19 hit overseas. Now, as CBS2’s Cindy Hsu reports, the community is getting down and dirty to clean the streets. Karlin Chan opened a fire hydrant for a short time so volunteers could scrub the streets with brooms. “I was having lunch one day and I noticed, the streets were kind of dirty, and it kind of reminded that I have not seen a streetsweeper down this neighborhood in months,” said Chan, who’s lived there for more than 60 years. He was sick of the mess and used social media to spread the...
    We know what happened with Latté Da’s 2019-20 season. After a smash hit “Chicago” (extended twice) came the return of the deeply moving “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” (and its filming for PBS broadcast in 2020), then the dark and steamy “The House of Bernarda Alba,” then the virus. Peter Rothstein’s version of “La Bohème,” Puccini’s opera distilled to its essence, was supposed to open on March 14. It never had a chance. Same for “Twelve Angry Men,” an intriguing new musical based in the 1957 TV play, and the 2019 “NEXT Festival.” In May, Latté Da announced there would be no 2020-21 season. Instead, the company would focus on making new work, then reopen for 2021-22. Rothstein...
    LOS ALTOS, Calif. (KGO) -- The City of Los Altos continues to close downtown streets to make room for businesses to operate outside amid novel coronavirus pandemic.The "Open Streets Los Altos" initiative is aimed at getting residents to shop local."People love their downtown so much, they really want it to survive and thrive through the coronavirus pandemic," said Sonia Lee, Los Altos spokeswoman.Main Street from First to Third streets, and State Street from Second to Third streets will be closed from Thursday morning through Monday morning. A portion of Fourth street will also be closed.RELATED: Redwood City launches new initiative by closing streets, hoping to help restaurants impacted by COVID-19The program, started in June, is currently slated to run through...
    Friday on “MSNBC Live,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) weighed in on the recent surge in shootings in her city. Host Stephanie Ruhle noted that shootings in Atlanta are up 124% and asked Bottoms, “What is going on?” Bottoms explained that the shooting violence is “happening across the country” and is a combination of a “lack of access to healthcare,” unemployment, coronavirus and injustices seen across the country. She then added that Georgia is an “open carry state,” which allows people to “walk down the streets with assault weapons” without being stopped for probable cause. “What’s happening in Atlanta is what’s happening across the country. There is a combination of things,” Bottoms replied. “There are … these systemic issues, including...
    Democratic Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told MSNBC Friday that the state of Georgia’s open carry laws were partially to blame for an uptick in violence in the state. “What’s happening in Atlanta is what’s happening across the country,” Bottoms said, mentioning lack of access to health care and the nation’s high unemployment rate. (RELATED: Andrew Cuomo Rips Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Over ‘Factually Impossible’ Claims) “People are dying of COVID-19. We have witnessed the injustices that have happened in front of our eyes and its boiling over into our streets.” “The irony of it is that our overall crime rate is down by 18%, but in Georgia, an open carry state, people are allowed to walk down the streets with assault...
    LOS ALTOS (CBS SF) — City officials will be partially closing downtown streets every Thursday through Monday to accommodate outdoor dining and retailer merchandise amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The open streets program, similar to those already in place in Alameda, Oakland and San Francisco, allows for pedestrian access only on closed streets and will last through Sept. 28. Closed roads will reopen around 6 a.m. on Mondays. The streets affected include Main Street from First to Second streets, Main Street from Second to Third streets, and State Street from Second to Third streets. From Friday through Sunday, a portion of Fourth Street between Pompeii Ristorante and Wells Fargo Bank across the street will also be closed. Numbered streets like First,...
    Acting deputy Department of Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli Friday denied claims made by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and others that "secret police" sent by President Donald Trump and the federal government are provoking violence in Portland, insisting that the government instead has "been very openly trying to keep the law enforced." "We dont, by the way, have any secret police as the senator referred to," Cuccinelli said on Fox News "Fox and Friends" Friday. "Its interesting to say gee, we provoked violence when this has been going on longer than the rains for Noahs Ark. This was more than 40 days in a row. We were not there in significant force in the last few weeks as things continued...
    The city of Hayward will open up the streets in its restaurant-rich downtown this Saturday so that food lovers can take advantage of Alameda County’s alfresco dining. The pilot program, now in its second week, will take place on B Street between Foothill Boulevard and Watkins Street and on Main Street from A to C streets. Vehicular traffic will be rerouted starting at 2 p.m. The event, which includes both small businesses and restaurants, will run till 10 p.m. For the inaugural event June 27, many restaurants set up tents and socially distanced tables in the streets and on the sidewalks. Confirmed participants for this week’s event include Buffalo Bill’s Brewery, PLaYT, The Dirty Bird Lounge, Charlotte’s, TikTok Desserts, Rockit...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For July 4th, New York City is opening up streets to add options for outdoor dining and give restaurants a much-needed boost. Since you can’t eat inside restaurants yet, the city is trying to give restaurants more space outside. The closed streets give pedestrians more room to walk, and restaurants can put tables out both on the sidewalk and in the street. Mayor Bill de Blasio has expanded the Open Street concept at 22 locations across five boroughs to give New Yorkers space to eat outside safely. RELATED STORY: Concerns Raised About Safety Of Some Outdoor Dining Seating In Hell’s Kitchen As Indoor Dining Is Postponed These corridors will be car-free each weekend. The expansion started...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A combination of two popular programs, Open Streets and Open Restaurants, moves into high gear in New York City heading into the holiday weekend.The city announced the specific locations across all five boroughs for expanded outdoor dining in an effort to help the struggling restaurant industry.Several restaurants along Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx already have extensive outdoor seating set up in the street.Now the plan is to close down the entire street all weekend and fill it with tables.It is an extension of the city's Open Streets program that has been expanding all summer.They are calling it Open Restaurants.It is being rolled out after the mayor announced earlier this week that...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday revealed the first 22 locations for the expansion of outdoor dining options under an initiative that combines the Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs and expands restaurant seating options onto car-free streets for select corridors throughout the five boroughs.Selected corridors will be operational on weekends starting Friday, July 3.The 22 locations citywide will be open to pedestrians and have been approved for expanded street dining. Another 10 to 20 corridors will be approved beginning Friday, July 17.Restaurants on these corridors will be able to place seating farther away from the curb than other Open Restaurants participants, and the remaining street space will be open to pedestrian traffic."Combining our popular...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday revealed the first 22 locations for the expansion of outdoor dining options under an initiative that combines the Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs and expands restaurant seating options onto car-free streets for select corridors throughout the five boroughs.Selected corridors will be operational on weekends starting Friday, July 3.The 22 locations citywide will be open to pedestrians and have been approved for expanded street dining. Another 10 to 20 corridors will be approved beginning Friday, July 17.Restaurants on these corridors will be able to place seating farther away from the curb than other Open Restaurants participants, and the remaining street space will be open to pedestrian traffic."Combining our popular...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Outdoor dining space will pop up on 22 streets beginning this weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. Some of the new streets include Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, Mulberry Street in Manhattan, and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. Only 2.6 miles of street space will be used to accommodate the new service which will be available Friday nights and weekends.  The news comes a day after both de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo postponed indoor dining in New York City due to a rising number of new coronavirus infections in other states being linked back to crowded indoor bars...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The city is combining two popular programs for the summer — Open Streets and Open Restaurants. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the initiative on New York City’s first weekend in phase two, which already allowed restaurants to set up outdoor dining. The new program will expand seating options for restaurants on select restaurant corridors throughout the five boroughs. By the July 4 holiday weekend, 10 to 20 corridors citywide will be open to pedestrians and approved for expanded street dining. An additional 10 to 20 corridors will be approved starting Friday, July 17. The first round of restaurant corridors that will...
    It’s open season on the city’s “open streets.” Drivers across town are brazenly tossing aside street-blocking barriers set up as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to provide outdoor recreation space amid the coronavirus pandemic. Frustrated New Yorkers told The Post they’ve had to take enforcement of the street closures into their own hands as motorists flaunt the program — and that it has even sparked tug-of-wars between neighbors. NYC MAN, 76, DIES IN HOSPITAL AFTER BEING FOUND UNCONSCIOUS WITH HEAD TRAUMA; MAN SOUGHT FOR QUESTIONING Protestors supporting City Workers4Justice—an activist organization for city employees, rally outside City Hall Thursday, June 25, 2020, in New York, and call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to defund the NYPD. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)...
    It’s open season on the city’s “open streets.” Drivers across town are brazenly tossing aside street-blocking barriers set up as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to provide outdoor recreation space amid the coronavirus pandemic. Frustrated New Yorkers told The Post they’ve had to take enforcement of the street closures into their own hands as motorists flaunt the program — and that it has even sparked tug-of-wars between neighbors. “Within the first week it was clear that some neighbors did not like the impediment of the open street barrier, so they would just take it down,” Noel Hidalgo, of Williamsburg, said of the traffic clot on Berry Street between North 12th Street and Broadway. “It’s been a war of...
    It’s open season on the city’s “open streets.” Drivers across town are brazenly tossing aside street-blocking barriers set up as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to provide outdoor recreation space amid the coronavirus pandemic. Frustrated New Yorkers told The Post they’ve had to take enforcement of the street closures into their own hands as motorists flaunt the program — and that it has even sparked tug-of-wars between neighbors. “Within the first week it was clear that some neighbors did not like the impediment of the open street barrier, so they would just take it down,” Noel Hidalgo, of Williamsburg, said of the traffic clot on Berry Street between North 12th Street and Broadway. “It’s been a war of...
    The westernmost part of Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, a four-block stretch of Willoughby Street in Downtown Brooklyn, and many other streets throughout the borough have been added to the City’s Open Streets program, which is designed to create more open space during this period of social distancing. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, the one-block stretch of Montague Street between Hicks Street and Pierrepont Place, which is a gateway to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, is open for pedestrians. Vehicle traffic on the block is now limited to local deliveries, pickups and drop-offs, necessary service vehicles, utility vehicles and emergency vehicles, according to the Montague Street BID. Four blocks of Willoughby Street, from Lawrence Street to Flatbush Avenue...
    Redwood City is joining the street dining crowd. A new initiative called “Eat, Sip & Be in RWC” will allow businesses in the city’s restaurant-rich downtown to expand to the streets and sidewalks with tables for open-air dining. From now through Sept. 30, restaurants and their customers are taking over a number of streets including Theatre Way, Broadway between Middlefield Road and Main Street, and Main Street from Broadway to Middlefield Road. Sidewalk cafes have been added to several other blocks, including Broadway from Middlefield to El Camino Real. Other features include parklets and temporary parking spots for grab-and-go customers. “Open-air dining is an incredible opportunity for the city and its local businesses after the ups and downs these resilient...
    An estimated 50,000 Massive Apple staff will return to work when the town enters Section Three of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan as early as July 6, Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned Friday. Beneath Section Three, the town’s some 27,000 eating places and bars can open for indoor eating at 50 p.c capability — and nail salons, therapeutic massage parlors, spas, tanning companies, tattoo and piercing retailers, and waxing companies also can reopen. “So many issues folks care about and have missed,” de Blasio mentioned of the industries permitted to open up store in Section Three. Eateries will nonetheless be capable of make the most of the out of doors eating they had been allowed to arrange in Section...
    An estimated 50,000 Big Apple employees will return to work when the city enters Phase Three of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan as early as July 6, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. Under Phase Three, the city’s some 27,000 restaurants and bars can open for indoor dining at 50 percent capacity — and nail salons, massage parlors, spas, tanning services, tattoo and piercing shops, and waxing businesses can also reopen. “So many things people care about and have missed,” de Blasio said of the industries permitted to open up shop in Phase Three. Eateries will still be able to utilize the outdoor dining they were allowed to set up in Phase Two on the sidewalks through October and in...
    JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- Jersey City launched a pilot program Wednesday to support safe outdoor activity and recreation for residents' physical and mental health as the state emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.The Slow Streets program provides residents additional open space by designating certain streets throughout Jersey City to be temporarily closed to through traffic, with access for local traffic only at very low speeds while maintaining all existing parking.Streets designated "Slow Streets" will have partial closures at intersections to allow for more comfortable use for adequate physically distant walking, jogging, biking, exercising, commuting, and playing all across the city."We have been working to bring outside-the-box solutions to address the various issues created by this unprecedented crisis," Mayor Steven...
    New York — Everything indicates that the heat will be hellish! Authorities insist that in all activities allowed outdoors, the measures to continue putting COVID-19 at bay should be respected. Even in spas, masks will be mandatory. Photo:Fernando MartÃnez / . / . When the forecast is that temperatures in the Big Apple will continue to skyrocket, in the middle of a summer that promises will be very hotMayor Bill de Blasio made “refreshing” announcements for New Yorkers this Wednesday: Starting July 1, access to the sea will be allowed for the swimmers. on the 14 miles of public beaches, in addition the public sprinklers and showers of the playgrounds will be put into operation...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The city is closing another 23 miles of streets across the five boroughs to cars this weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday, to help New Yorkers beat the heat outdoors while also remaining socially distant.  In late April, the mayor pledged to close off 100 miles of city streets to vehicular traffic to give New Yorkers space to run, walk or bicycle while adhering to social distancing rules lowering the chances of spreading the novel coronavirus. After Wednesday’s announcement, de Blasio will have closed off 66 miles of street space to cars so far.  Mayor de Blasio was initially...
    LOGAN SQUARE — A portion of Palmer Street stretching from Logan Square to Hanson Park could become the city’s next “shared street” if the proposal wins support from neighbors. The city is designating some streets as shared streets to give people more room to walk, jog and bike amid the pandemic. Leland Avenue in Ravenswood, Wabansia Avenue in West Town and Drexel Boulevard in Kenwood have all received the treatment in recent weeks. The stretches are open to local traffic only. Palmer Street could be next if a majority of neighbors get on board. So far, Palmer Street residents in the 35th Ward, one of several wards the stretch passes through, have shown an “overwhelming” amount of support, said Ald. Carlos...