One More Block Added to Local ‘Open Street’ Restaurant Program


Al fresco dining is hot on the Upper West Side.

One more block will get traffic-free outdoor dining as part of a city program to give restaurants space to serve more people safely.

Amsterdam Avenue from 110th to 111th Street will be blocked off to most vehicle traffic on Fridays and weekends, the city announced on Friday. The hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The West 111th Street Block Association is organizing the program.

The city has already blocked off Amsterdam from 97th to 110th on weekends, though the hours are somewhat different. That stretch is blocked off from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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    1. Paul says:

      Am I the only person who noticed that the blocks from 96 up to about 104 aren’t being used by the restaurants, at least from noon to dinner, on weekends when the avenue is closed?

      • Stu says:

        Um, there are only a few open restaurants in the stretch. Was ridiculous to close it on that stretch to begin with….

    2. Chris says:

      Will my property tax’s be reduced because city property is turned into private commercial property that this tax payer will not be able to use.

      • Kindly Dr Dave says:

        Taxpayer Chris, Are you from Mars!? Advantages: Sales tax revenues. Worker salaries. Suppliers of food and suppliers of construction materials. PResidents seeking sustenance. Safety from more pedestrian traffic. Greater stree cleaning by merchants. Fewer pedestrian deaths/injurines from speeding autos. ?Nuff said?

      • UWSJeff says:

        I’m sick of the rantings from these crabappletons.

        We’re in a pandemic. Dealw with it, or move elsewhere.

      • David S says:

        Definitely. The day you learn how to spell “taxes”.

    3. js says:

      BTW this means no M11 bus on Amsterdam 97-120th.
      So out of luck for folks who rely on the bus, have trouble walking, are elderly, have small kids, need to get to/from NYCHA buildings, the nursing home, the hospital or the Cathedral etc.

      And if you cannot manage the subway or walk to Broadway or Columbus (south of 110) for a bus, then you get to take a cab, Uber – and pay a lot more. Even the surcharge…

      How about NYC just reduce taxes on restaurants?
      And keep the streets open for buses for taxpayers…

      • UWSJeff says:

        I say close all the streets and make most of Manhattan pedestrian and bike friendly.

        • David S says:

          So, how’s that going to work the next time you need to buy, say, a refrigerator? Will a dude on a bicycle lug it from the George Washington Bridge to your apartment? Or will that be a pedestrian?

    4. Pparsh says:

      101 is not a through street. Sucks because there is a parking garage on that street and can only be accessed from amsterdam which is blocked off. There are no restuarants on amsterdam, just projects in that area. Makes no sense