Amsterdam Avenue between 97th and 110th Streets will be blocked off as an “open street” for restaurants to operate outdoors starting this weekend, the mayor announced on Friday. The avenue will stay as open street on the weekends, and revert back to normal traffic on weekdays, according to the mayor’s office.
Update: The Columbus-Amsterdam BID says the streets will be blocked off starting next weekend, August 8-9.
“New Yorkers deserve more public space in our ongoing fight against COVID-19, and we’re proud to offer more places to get a safe outdoor meal on the weekends,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “With two extra months of outdoor dining now approved, restaurants will have more chances than ever to get back on their feet.”
The hours of operation will be from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday nights, and noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The street will be overseen by the Columbus-Amsterdam Business Improvement District.
Photo by Russ Allison Loar (not of Amsterdam Avenue).