For those about to rock, we salute you. Photo by S Fitz.
By Carol Tannenhauser
Six streets on or near the Upper West Side are expected to become outdoor, socially distanced performance venues, as part of a new city-wide initiative called, “Open Culture,” which builds on the popular Open Streets program. Depending on who applies for permits and when, the streets will be closed to traffic for performances at various times.
“Open Culture is a new permit type available from the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office allowing for ticketed performances,” according to the mayor’s office. “Arts and cultural institutions, as well as entertainment venues, will have the opportunity to secure a permit for socially distanced performances at over 100 street locations throughout all five boroughs.”
Six locations have been approved on or near the UWS:
- West 75th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam
- West 75th Street between Broadway and West End
- West 105th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus
- Morningside Avenue between West 114th Street AND West 115th Street [Existing Open Street Location]
- Morningside Avenue between West 115th Street AND West 116th Street [Existing Open Street Location]
- West 124th Street between St Nicholas Avenue AND Morningside Avenue
Spectators can expect to see and hear theater, comedy, music, and other live performances. Applications for Open Culture permits are being accepted now on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will run through October 31, 2021.
For more information or to apply for an Open Culture permit, click here.