First city streets opening to pedestrians Monday, mayor announces

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Posted at 11:38 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 18:22:00-04

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced over seven miles of city streets will be open to the public Monday as New York City continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The open streets are going to be another way we help encourage social distancing because the warmer weather tells us we’re going to have a new challenge,” de Blasio said during a news conference Friday.

The following streets will be open on Monday:

  • 4.5 miles inside parks to ease crowding
    • Fort Tryon Park
    • Flushing Meadows
    • Forest Hill Park
    • Callahan-Kelly Park
    • Grant Park
    • Silver Lake Park
  • 2.7 miles of streets adjacent to parks
    • Williamsbridge Oval
    • Court Square
    • Carl Schurz Park
    • Highbridge Park
    • Prospect Park
    • Stapleton Waterfront Park
    • Lt. William Tighe Triangle

Officials said the roads were picked to make sure it won’t intervene with medical operations set up at the parks. There will also be several barricades and officers at areas, with the goal of minimizing vehicles in the area, according to de Blasio.

About 40 miles of city streets will be open to the public within the month of May. The city’s goal is to have about 100 miles of streets open to pedestrians during the duration of the pandemic.

Though the mayor said he hopes May will bring more progress, he reminded New Yorkers the virus is “still alive and well” in New York City and New Yorkers should not declare victory too quickly.

Overnight, New York City reported 202 more fatalities and over 2,000 new confirmed cases, de Blasio said Friday.