New York City Expands Outdoor Dining [VIDEO]

In the wake of an indoor dining pause, New York City is expanding outdoor dining areas for restaurants across the city. Initially 22 locations citywide will be open to pedestrians and have been approved for expanded street dining. Another 10-20 corridors will be approved beginning Friday, July 17. Restaurants on these corridors will be able to place seating farther away from the curb than other Open Restaurants participants, and the remaining street space will be open to pedestrian traffic.

“Combining our popular Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs will give more New Yorkers the space they deserve to enjoy the outdoors safely – and give small businesses the chance to rebuild after facing unprecedented challenges this spring,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I’m excited to enjoy more outdoor meals soon, and we look forward to expanding the program in the coming weeks.”

Among the first areas for restaurant outdoor eating expansion is Little Italy, Meatpacking Chinatown, DUMBO in Brooklyn and Belmont in the Bronx. View the full list of neighborhoods at NYC.gov.

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