City officials propose to open NYC streets to pedestrians, restaurants

Posted at 7:55 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 11:32:51-04

MANHATTAN — As New York prepares to slowly reopen region-by-region, several city officials proposed to use streets, curbs and sidewalks for businesses to open up for socially distant dining and drinking.

Several city councilors appear to be on board to help generate business again during the warmer months.

Manhattan Borough Pres. Gale Brewer sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, arguing police don’t have to patrol all streets.

Streets like Broadway could become a miles-long pedestrian plaza, maintained by local businesses.

When asked about opening streets for dining during his daily coronavirus briefing Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said it is "an appealing idea," but he wants to make sure plans are in place for it to be done safely.

NYC is not expected to begin its reopening process until at least June if indicators show the city has reached consistent progress, the mayor said.

On Tuesday, the Broadway League announced it is not ready to raise any curtains before at least Sept. 6 because of renewed warnings about doing too much too soon.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also laid out seven metrics regions need to meet in order to start their reopening process. New York City met at least four of the seven metrics.