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Authorization of CECM to Establish Requirements and Issue Permits for Events and Activities Held on Open Streets.

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Rule status: Proposed

Agency: DOT

Comment by date: April 22, 2024

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The New York City Department of Transportation is proposing to authorize the Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management (CECM) to establish requirements and issue permits for events and activities held on open streets.

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April 22, 2024
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Online comments: 2

  • Jessica Greenbaum

    As a 66-year old who has lived in Ft. Greene for 35 years, and who walks, bikes and drives,I have seen any number of “open streets” initiatives which have, in fact, closed off streets to many of us who don’t have the capability of biking home with our weeks worth of groceries. Food costs more when you buy it in increments and “open streets” exacerbates this simple fact by creating an anti-car neighborhood. The anti-car aspect–and how “open streets” closes streets to established traffic patterns–seems in opposition to NYC’s long tradition of tolerance for various lifestyles; there is an intolerance for drivers that has so screwed with traffic patterns that far more driving is required to get places or find a parking space. This is forced traffic congestion by the DOT in service to people who don’t care to own cars. This is all beside what emergency vehicles and ride assist groups have said about the metal gates blocking by ways. Please don’t see “open streets” as all-beneficent. I raised my family here and was grateful for the city’s offerings across Brooklyn and my ability to pick them up on a school night or a cold night and get them home. We have parks and playgrounds for playing–kids don’t need the streets.

    Comment added March 23, 2024 4:32pm
  • Maxine DeSeta

    We do not need Open Streets. We have parks in all boroughs. We close streets periodically for block party events in the summer. This is a city with cultural activities free or for little cost everywhere there is a library, museum, mini-park or our miles of water front promanades. Open Street activities create noise and chaos, especially in residential areas. We are making a circus in this city and driving the middle class to move. Open Streets are prohibitive to essential workers who must come here to work on our buildings, roads, hospitals and those that need quick, emergency access in life threatening situations.

    Comment added March 30, 2024 7:06pm