The city has been gradually closing a few streets off to cars so that people can walk outside without worrying about traffic. But the first installment of these “open streets” left off all of the Upper West Side. That will change on Thursday, when two streets will be closed to traffic.
West End Avenue will be closed from 87th to 96th Streets. And 75th Street will be closed from Broadway to Riverside Drive. The streets are only closed from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and people are expected to continue to keep at least six feet of distance between them.
Some vehicles are still allowed, according to the city.
“No through traffic permitted while Open Streets are in effect. Vehicle traffic is limited to local deliveries, pick-ups/drop-offs, necessary city service vehicles, utility vehicles and emergency vehicles only. These drivers are advised to be extremely cautious and to drive 5 MPH or slower.
Members of the public and organizations wishing to have other New York City streets considered for the Open Streets program may fill out an online survey. NYC DOT, NYPD and others will evaluate all suggestions for viability. If you have questions, please contact your NYC DOT Borough Commissioner’s office.”