Additional ‘Open Streets’ Considered for the Lower East Side

Posted on: May 12th, 2020 at 5:02 am by

Photo: Eddie Panta

More “Open Streets” are coming to the Lower East Side.

The city’s bold initiative to trade traffic for safe pedestrian space is well underway. The goal is to reach one hundred miles of open roadbed to promote responsible activity and social distancing. Here on the Lower East Side, the streets of Hell Square made the first cut, with the area business improvement district overseeing its implementation alongside NYPD.

But more could be on the way. Locals pitched Community Board 3 on a list of new neighborhood streets to temporarily close. This list will be considered at tonight’s Transportation subcommittee meeting:

  • Gouverneur Street, between Madison and Water Street
  • Stanton Street (Essex to Pitt)
  • Rivington Street (Essex to Pitt)
  • Stuyvesant Street
  • Cooper Square
  • 1st Street, Bowery to Houston at Ludlow
  • 5th Street, Bowery to 1st Avenue, Avenue A to Avenue B, Avenue D to roundabout at Avenue C
  • 6th Street, Avenue A to East River Park
  • 7th Street, Avenue A to Ave B
  • 10th St between Avenue D and East River Park
  • 11th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues (potentially further East?)
  • Forsyth Street along Sara D Roosevelt Park couple of lanes of the FDR Northbound along East River Park
  • East 12th St/Szold Place
  • Avenue B, 14th St to Houston St
  • East Broadway between Essex/Rutgers and Clinton Street. Adjacent to Seward Park

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