'Open Streets' program begins in NYC

Posted at 5:41 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 22:09:48-04

PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — “You wear a mask to protect others,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo repeated again during his daily briefing.

And on this sunny warm Saturday, New York City Parks were packed with social distancing signs, masks on practically everybody and police cars, marked and unmarked, checking to see that people stay at least six feet apart.

“I feel people are being considerate and leaving plenty of space,” park visitor Frederick Fooy said. “And you get a little acknowledgement of you’re making a right or a left,” he added.

New York Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg officially opened seven miles of city streets two days early for pedestrians and bicyclists, no vehicles, to socially distance themselves.

“We’ll be adding a lot more miles in the coming weeks and we’ll be looking for feedback so we can make a few adjustments along the way,” Trottenberg said.
And at two NYCHA Housing complexes, masks were being given away as well as more than 500 bags of food, hand sanitizer and gloves at both the Ingersoll and Whitman houses.

“It was very important to get these masks because we have so many residents who don’t have proper PPE, especially seniors who have to go to pharmacies for medication or check cashing places to pay their rent,” Darold Burgess, Ingersoll Resident Association President, told PIX11 News.

“We get food every Friday from the Food bank of New York and give it out on Saturdays along with sanitizers and masks,” Julie Sharpton, Whitman Houses Tenants Association Treasurer added.