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

Play Streets on Open Streets

On weekdays, some Open Streets become Play Streets and offer recreational activities for children. Vehicles are not permitted to enter Play Streets during the hours of the full street closure.

Parking is also not permitted on Play Streets. No Parking signs will be posted with the days and times vehicles are not allowed to park.

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.

The Open Streets: Restaurants program 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.

Open Streets: Restaurants runs until October 31st.

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

When heat advisories are in effect, the City installs spray caps on fire hydrants on certain Open Streets with dense tree canopy cover.

Open Streets with cooling features are also called "Cool Streets." 

Cool Streets are available daily from 8 AM to 8 PM and include:


  • East 140th Street from Brook Avenue to Willis Avenue
  • Jackson Avenue from East 143rd Street to East 147th Street
  • Trinity Avenue from East 166th Street to East 161st Street


  • Blake Avenue from Miller Street to Hindsdale Street
  • Henry Street from Lorraine Street to Bay Street
  • North Elliot Place from Park Avenue to Flushing Avenue
  • Williams Avenue from Liberty Avenue to Atlantic Avenue
  • Wyckoff Street from Nevins Street to 3rd Avenue


  • 101st Street from Park Avenue to 3rd Avenue
  • West 117th Street from Morningside Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • West 138th Street from Lenox Avenue to Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
  • Edgecombe Avenue from St. Nicholas Place to West 145th Street


  • 39th Avenue from Woodside Avenue to Barnett Avenue
  • 120th Street from Atlantic Avenue to Liberty Avenue

The City is partnering with community organizations to provide safe, active space for children to play and learn on select Open Streets this summer.

On Play Streets, children can participate in programs and activities, including:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Cardio and yoga exercises
  • Dance classes
  • Giant board games
  • No-touch obstacle courses
  • Reading corners
  • Sports drills

All programming is designed to meet social distancing guidelines.

Play Streets locations will launch on a rolling basis beginning the week of July 27th and will operate on weekdays through September 4th.

Hours vary by location, but Play Streets will generally be open from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Vehicles are not permitted to enter or park on the streets during the hours of the full street closure.

Learn more about Open Streets: Play.


  • Cromwell Avenue from McClellan Street to Jerome Avenue
  • Oak Tree Place between Hughes Avenue to Quarry Road


  • 6th Avenue from 44th Street to 45th Street
  • Blake Avenue from Powell Street to Mother Gaston Boulevard
  • Humboldt Street from Moore Street to Varet Street
  • Park Place from New York Avenue and Kingston Avenue


  • 129th Street from Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard to Frederick Douglas Boulevard
  • 150th Street from St. Nicholas Place to Edgecombe Avenue


  • 34th Avenue from 72nd Street to 74th Street
  • 34th Avenue from 79th Street to 80th Street
  • 34th Avenue from 92nd Street to 94th Street

Staten Island

  • Wright Street from Canal Street to Thompson Street

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


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