“Open Boulevards” Initiative Coming to UWS

Mayor de Blasio has announced an expansion to Open Streets called “Open Boulevards,” which will aim to “enhance and expand 10 multi-block corridors to create dining destination experiences throughout the city.”

Of the ten corridors included in the current plan, two are in Manhattan – and both are on the Upper West Side:

  • Amsterdam Avenue from 106th to 110th Street
  • Columbus Avenue from 106th to 110th Street

The “Open Boulevard” status of these two corridors will only be active on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am to 8:30pm. The city has partnered with Columbus Amsterdam BID to designate these areas.

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Here’s the full list of participating streets:

Open Boulevards

“In addition to creating extra space for dining, Open Boulevards will feature cultural activities, community-based programming, landscaping and other beautification, and art installations,” states a press release.

The city will be working with NYC & Company to market these new boulevards to “drive citywide, regional, and international tourist activity to each location.”

This announcement comes as part of Streets Week!, a suite of transportation, traffic safety, and open space policy announcements to double down on the transformative Vision Zero initiative.

“The Recovery for All of Us will come to life on these streets, where small businesses, restaurants, artists, pedestrians, and cyclists will gather to create the kind of destination you can only find in the greatest city in the world,” said the Mayor.

The City will mark Open Boulevards with branded light pole banners and gateways at entrances and public tables and chairs. Restaurants on Open Boulevards will receive free barriers at select giveaway events, to ensure safety for roadway diners and pedestrians.

The mayor’s full press conference can be viewed below.

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