Coronavirus News: New York City opens 13 new miles of streets to increase social distancing

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Friday, May 22, 2020
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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the addition of 13 more miles to the city's 'Open Streets' program, beginning Saturday.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City is opening 13 new miles of 'Open Streets,' Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday, to allow for greater social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.

"New Yorkers deserve space to safely enjoy the outdoors in their own neighborhoods," the mayor said. "Thanks to hard work from a host of City agencies, we've beaten our Open Streets goal for this month - and made our city a national leader in expanding public space as we fight COVID-19."

De Blasio said the opening of the additional streets will start Saturday.

8.8 miles opening are supported by local precincts:

Hell's Kitchen - 51st St

Harlem - 117th St, 138th St

Castle Hill - Pugsley Ave

Rego Park - 99th St

Sunnyside 50th Ave

Forest Hills - 66th Rd, Ascan Ave

Maspeth - 60th St

Jamaica - 107th Ave, 108th Ave, 109th Ave, 159th St

Brooklyn Heights - Willow St

Park Slope - Butler St, Gregory Pl

Brownsville - Williams Ave

Bay Ridge - Colonial Rd

Greenwich Village - Jones St

Chelsea - 21st St, 22nd St

East Village - Avenue B

Manhattan Valley - 103rd St

Gramercy - Irving Place

Seaport - Front St

Bed-Stuy - Somers St, Macon St

Williamsburg - S 9th St, Grand St, N. 3rd St

Prospect Heights - Underhill Ave, Carlton Ave

Kensington - Chester Ave

Fort Greene - Willoughby Ave

Crown Heights - Park Pl, Troy Ave

Prospect Heights - Lincoln Pl

Boerum Hill - State St

Homecrest - 16th St, Moore Pl

1.8 miles opening are managed by local partners:

Red Hook Initiative - 9th St

Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway BID - Arlington Pl

Village Alliance - University Pl, MacDougal St

Hudson Square BID - Greenwich St

Alliance for Downtown NY - Pearl St

Chinatown District - Doyers St

Alliance for Kips Bay - 2nd Ave Service Rd

Times Square Alliance - Broadway

2.7 miles adjacent to parks will be opened:

Hunters Point Park

Plaut Triangle

Gorman Playground

Yellowstone Park

Painter's Playground

Baisley Pond Park

Green Central Knoll Park

Nicholas Naquan Heyward Park

Carroll Park

McGolrick Park

Betsy Head Park

Charles Young Playground

Stuyvesant Square Park

Morning Side Park

The new locations bring New York City's total to 43 miles of open streets since the program was first announced in April, surpassing its original target of 40 miles by the end of May.

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