Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues between 106th and 110th Street will become car-free “Open Boulevards” on weekends, as part of a city program to extend the Open Streets program that has been operating in parts of the city for the past several months.
In addition, Amsterdam between 96th and 106th will go car-free on Sundays.
The idea is to allow for more outdoor dining, and also community activities that can take place in the street. It will almost be like a weekly street fair. The community activities will likely take a few more weeks to start up, so for now it’s mostly about the restaurants and more room to walk around.
The hours of each section are below:
Columbus 106th-110th: 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Amsterdam 106th-110th: 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Amsterdam 96th-106th: 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. ONLY Sundays
Sections of the area have been closed down on and off since early in the pandemic. Amsterdam from 96th to 110th was closed off from August until November of last year, but since then it’s only been 106th to 110th on that avenue.