Columbus Amsterdam BID Kicks Off Open Streets

Columbus Amsterdam BID has announced its first Open Streets day on Sunday, March 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Festivities will take place between 106th and 110th streets on Amsterdam Avenue; starting in April, the BID will expand its Open Streets programming to Columbus Avenue between 107th and 110th streets.

A live performance by the Columbia University Lion Dance Team will be taking place at 2 p.m. “Lion dancing is a centuries-old tradition hailing primarily from China, originally known to banish evil spirits from villages. It is commonly performed during holidays like Lunar New Year. Following CULD’s performance at 2, there will be an interactive workshop where anyone can learn what makes the lions dance!” reads a description by @columbus_amsterdambid on Instagram.

There will also be an obstacle course created by Street Lab, an NYC-based nonprofit “that creates and shares programs for public space across New York City” – in addition to chalk drawing, games and more.

Columbus Amsterdam BID’s Open Streets programming will take place every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weather permitting)

Additional weekly activities will include chess, ping-pong, hula-hoops and dominos;  tree clean-ups; recycling drives and outdoor galleries. Learn more at


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