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Open Streets Returns to NYC: Here are the Participating UES Streets

NYC’s Open Streets season kicked off on Earth Day and is now in full swing, with 132 locations throughout the five boroughs being cordoned off for pedestrian activity on a weekly basis. More streets are expected to ‘open,’ but there are already a record number of participants since the initiative launched during the pandemic.

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Here are the three types of Open Streets (per the DOT):

Limited Local Access: Streets designated for pedestrian and cyclist use during specified times each week. Vehicles can access the locations for “parking, collecting or dropping off passengers, making deliveries and loading, Access-A-Ride vehicle access, or emergency vehicle access. Drivers are advised to drive 5 MPH.”

Full Closure: These are streets which are temporarily closed to all vehicles to “allow for a range of car-free activities that support local businesses, community organizations, and schools, to create a space for the public to gather. Emergency access and an emergency lane must be clear at all times for emergency vehicle access.”

Full Closure: Schools: Street that is temporarily closed to vehicles to support schools for drop-off and pick-up operations, recess, and outdoor learning.

Here are this year’s Upper East Side Open Streets and the organizations managing them (as of writing; you can view the full list for all of NYC here):

East 73rd Street between Park and Lexington avenues
Full Closure
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Buckley School

East 89th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues
Full Closure: Schools
Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saint David’s School

East 91st Street between Park and Madison avenues
Full Closure: Schools
Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Dalton School

East 92nd Street between Fifth and Madison avenues
Full Closure: Schools
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Nightingale Bamford School


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