The Open Streets program closes streets to vehicle traffic to make it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to stay active while maintaining social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 100 miles of car-free streets will eventually be opened. 

Open Streets are closed to vehicles daily from 8 AM to 8 PM unless otherwise noted.

No through traffic is allowed when Open Streets are in effect.

Vehicle traffic is limited only to:

  • Local deliveries
  • Pick-ups and drop-offs
  • Necessary City service vehicles, utility vehicles, and emergency vehicles

Alternate Side Parking

When Alternate Side Parking is in effect on an Open Street, vehicles should leave the street and may return after ASP is over.

If barriers are in place, they should be set up in a way that cars can drive around them.

While driving in and out of the street, please watch for pedestrians and travel at 5 MPH.

Open Streets: Restaurants is a year-round program that expands outdoor dining space for food establishments by closing select streets to vehicle traffic on Friday evenings and on weekends.

Only community-based organizations, Business Improvement Districts (BID), or groups of three or more food establishments can apply to close streets in their neighborhood.

To participate in Open Streets: Restaurants, individual restaurants, bars, or cafes must apply for the Open Restaurants program separately.

Learn more and apply for the Open Streets: Restaurants program.

You can ask questions, provide feedback, and report issues with Open Streets, including missing barriers, by contacting the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Online

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Division: Bronx Borough Commissioner
  • Phone Number: (212) 748-6680
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Division: Brooklyn Borough Commissioner
  • Phone Number: (646) 892-1350
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Division: Manhattan Borough Commissioner
  • Phone Number: (212) 839-6210
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Division: Queens Borough Commissioner
  • Phone Number: (212) 839-2510
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Division: Staten Island Borough Commissioner
  • Phone Number: (212) 839-2400
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM