Bill de Blasio caved to the tremendous push from activists (including Chekpeds) and from the City Council with the speaker threatening to reach out to Governor Cuomo: the Mayor directed the city to open the streets to pedestrians during the pandemic, without requiring the heavy hand of NYPD. DOT promised 40 miles right away and eventually 100 miles of open streets.
Last weekend, 10 miles were open without incident, mostly around parks, and 7 more miles will be open this week end. The program is open to BIDs , or block association who wants to give more space to its residents to be outside and reduce the contagion risk. Click Here for criteria and to apply
The application is very simple and Chekpeds will fund the necessary signs for the first 10 submissions in Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea.
This program should make a world of difference this summer, allowing children safely out of crowded apartments, elderly people to take a bit of sun outside and avoid loneliness. It will generate new ties between neighbors… all things we crave for but cannot do safety today.