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June 26, 2023
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NYC DOT Announces Second Round of 2023 Open Street Locations Across the Five Boroughs

With 34 additional Open Streets, total locations for 2023 nears 200

New York — New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez today announced the locations for 34 additional Open Streets—including 13 new locations—to launch in 2023, with sites in all five boroughs. With these new locations, NYC DOT now counts nearly 200 Open Streets in 2023. The agency is committed to working with community organizations to expand the program and will continue accepting applications for 2023 on a rolling basis.

"Between Broadway Vision, the Arches, and Summer Streets in all five boroughs, this administration is reclaiming space every day that will allow more New Yorkers to sit, walk, talk, and spend time together. And with nearly 200 Open Street locations this year — including more than a dozen that have never had Open Streets before — there are so many opportunities to get outside and enjoy our city," said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. "Vibrant public spaces are good for our good economy, good for public health, and good for our quality of life. Thank you to all of our 2023 Open Street partners, and we look forward to working with you for years to come."

"Open Streets help our communities and businesses thrive. Right in time for summer, we encourage New Yorkers to enjoy our beautiful weather out on their local Open Street with friends, loved ones, and neighbors," said NYC DOT Commissioner Rodriguez. "We thank our schools, BIDs, and community organizations for participating this year in our great program."

The first round of 2023 Open Streets was announced this spring. The agency expects to approve even more locations in the coming weeks and months, putting NYC DOT on track to surpass last year's total. NYC DOT encourages all interested parties to apply.

In addition to launching new Open Streets, NYC DOT will build on the success of existing locations with permanent redesigns to better prioritize pedestrians and cyclists. New designs can help locations evolve beyond the need for metal barriers. Through a newly revamped Public Space Equity Program, the NYC DOT is working to provide funding and other operational resources to underserved communities to ensure all New Yorkers can benefit from vibrant public spaces. 

New Yorkers can find the full list of 2023 Open Streets as well as a map of locations on DOT's website. The additional 34 Open Streets for 2023 include the following locations, with most set to launch over the course of this summer:

  • 110 Street, Queens*
  • 156 Street, Queens*
  • Second Place, Brooklyn*
  • Third Avenue, Brooklyn
  • 43 Street, Brooklyn*
  • 50 Avenue, Queens
  • Seventh Street, Brooklyn
  • Amboy Street, Brooklyn
  • Bedford Street, Manhattan
  • Britton Avenue, Queens
  • Cooper Street, Manhattan
  • Deisius Street, Staten Island
  • East 123 Street, Manhattan*
  • East 16 Street, Manhattan
  • East 161 Street, the Bronx
  • East 73 Street, Manhattan
  • Front Street, Staten Island*
  • Grove Street, Manhattan
  • Jane Street, Manhattan
  • Pearl Street, Brooklyn
  • Reads Lane, Queens
  • Ridge Boulevard Brooklyn*
  • Rivington Street, Manhattan
  • Rutherford Place, Manhattan
  • St. Marks Place, Manhattan
  • Suffolk Avenue, Staten Island*
  • Tiffany Street, the Bronx
  • Union Hall Street, Queens*
  • Vermont Court, Staten Island*
  • West 130 Street, Manhattan*
  • West 142 Street, Manhattan*
  • West 212 Street, Manhattan
  • Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn*
  • Willoughby Street, Brooklyn

*new 2023 Open Street location

"The Open Streets program is an amazing initiative providing open space for our residents and families to safely recreate in their neighborhoods and the expansion will ensure even more New Yorkers can enjoy them," said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. "I want to thank Mayor Adams, Commissioner Rodriguez, the Business Improvement Districts, and community organizations for their collective effort to support this important program."

"One of the few silver linings of the pandemic has been how New Yorkers have reimagined our street scape to serve as abundant open space, and I couldn't be more thrilled that Open Streets are returning for another summer," said Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine. "Open Streets showcase the creativity and community that exist in our neighborhoods, and I look forward to seeing how Manhattanites use their streets this year."

"The Open Streets program is proof that this city is at its best when we democratize our public spaces," said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. "Too often, New York streets are dominated by dangerous and polluting cars when they could be safe places for kids to play outdoors, centers of culture and community, and corridors of commerce. Thank you to DOT Commissioner Rodriguez and Mayor Adams for recognizing the power of taking back our streets for New Yorkers and bringing Open Streets to more neighborhoods across our borough. I look forward to continuing to champion streets that people first in hopes of expanding the footprint of this staple program."

"With this latest round of Open Streets announced, I'm pleased to see East Siders well-represented and look forward to coming together with our neighbors on East 16th and 73rd Streets," said Congressional Representative Jerrold Nadler. "The success of Open Streets is a testament to how much more connected our neighborhoods become when we prioritize people in our public spaces over cars."

"There is perhaps no better way of getting New Yorkers outside, out of their cars, and contributing to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods than with the Open Streets program. It is always a delight to see children and families coming together to enjoy our city's public spaces and celebrate the summertime outside," said State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal. "I commend Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez for adding 12 streets to the already expansive program. The ongoing success of Open Streets gives me hope for a more equitable, communal, and sustainable New York."

"As we approach the summer, I am excited that Open Streets will be making their way to Staten Island. By providing a safe place for children and their families to walk, play, or cycle, we are exploring new ways to to make the most of our community," said State Assembly Member Sam Pirozzolo. "I look forward to seeing the results and usage of these spaces come to fruition."

"The Open Streets initiative, which is rolled out across all five boroughs each summer, is a testament to the city's commitment to creating inviting public spaces for all New Yorkers," said Council Member Kamillah Hanks. "By activating Front Street on Staten Island, we are creating a vibrant and inclusive environment for residents and visitors alike. I look forward to seeing this initiative grow and its ongoing success in our borough."

"By pedestrianizing spaces and opening our streets to people, we have unlocked so much creativity and made our communities stronger and more vibrant. Over the past few years, communities across the city have been reimagining their relationship with the built environment and public realm, and I commend Mayor Adams for committing resources to create and sustain public spaces like plazas and Open Streets," said Council Member Carlina Rivera. "I look forward to seeing more Open Streets open across the city and continued partnership with neighbors and the Mayor's Office to enhance street safety and community wellbeing."

"On behalf of 156th Street Block Association President Robert Perkins, Vice President Lenise Robinson, in collaboration with Hood Works INC., it is a privilege to be part of the Open Streets Program this year," said Fatima Lowman, Hood Works. "The Open Streets Program is a great way to give every age group a safe place to enjoy recreational and social activities. The Open Streets Program is the perfect solution to encourage unity, creativity and culture to positively impact the lives of all community members."

"Open Streets are thriving and growing across the five boroughs, and that's a testament to New York's appetite for vibrant public space," said Jackson Chabot, Director of Advocacy and Organizing at Open Plans. "Communities love Open Streets because they bring neighbors together, boost local business, attract arts and culture, and make our streets safe. As DOT and the Mayor's office continues to more fully invest in these joyful public spaces, their commitment will pay off in happier, healthier neighborhoods everywhere."