The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with NYC Department of Transportation, announces the return of its popular “Open Streets” program. Columbus Avenue, from West 68th Street to West 77th Streets, will be open to pedestrians on Sundays beginning May 15 through October 30.
The Open Streets program will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Sunday, with full automobile and bus traffic resuming by 8 p.m. to allow for clean-up. To expand upon last year’s successes, the BID remains focused on improving logistical support, increasing clear signage directing cyclists, and ensuring accessibility for emergency vehicles. To assist with traffic flow, the Department of Transportation will be placing large digital traffic signs to inform drivers of the street closures and inform drivers of optional routes within the neighborhood.
“Last Fall, Open Streets transformed Columbus Avenue and was enthusiastically received by the community,” says Nicole Paynter, Executive Director of the Columbus Avenue BID. “This year, we’re excited to introduce a more robust programming schedule and more opportunities for people to enjoy the vibrant public space and utilize the area in creative ways.”
Businesses along Columbus Avenue will be participating by adding on-street dining and shopping, and hosting entertainment and family programming. Planned activities will include acoustic music, games and interactive art workshops.
A complete list of participating restaurants and stores is available on the Columbus Avenue BID website at www.columbusavenuebid.org. For more information about scheduling small group events, or to express interest in performing on the Open Streets, contact the BID at firstname.lastname@example.org.