On Wednesday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an all-new initiative to boost business with the ‘Open Boulevards’ program, which will run across the Big Apple this Summer. The city will be opening 10 boulevards across the five boroughs to begin on a rolling basis in the next few weeks.
“Open Boulevards takes the concepts of Open Streets and supercharges it,” the mayor said during his daily coronavirus press briefing. “Multiple blocks in a row, filled with restaurants with performances, with community activities. [It’ll be] great for the neighborhood, great for tourists, too. This is the kind of thing that people are going to love because it has all the life and vitality, of New York City. All the diversity, all the energy will be on display in these Open Boulevards. So this is going to be the summer of New York City and the Open Boulevards are going to be a great example of the reason people will flock here to experience what we have in a way that no other place on earth has.”
As it stands, the ‘Open Boulevards’ program is an extension of the city’s popular Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs that have transformed the Empire State during the pandemic- benefitting both- small businesses and New Yorkers.
Open Boulevards will feature cultural activities, community-based programming, landscaping and other beautification, and art installations, in addition to creating extra space for dining.
The 10 boulevards that are now ready to open include Alexander Avenue and Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, Ditmars Blvd and Woodside Ave in Queens, Amsterdam Ave and Columbus Ave in Manhattan, Minthrone Street in Staten Island, and 5th Ave Park Slope, 5th Ave in Sunset Park in Brooklyn.