Manhattan borough president hopes streets can open to restaurants for outdoor dining

Kimberly Dole
May 14, 2020 - 6:48 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- City officials have proposed converting streets like Broadway into a pedestrian plaza for restaurants to use as outdoor dining open once they are able to reopen.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said she wants to make sure "those restaurants survive" as the city continues to move forward with its reopening plans.

Brewer told PIX11 that officials need to weigh out all options and work to protect local businesses.

When asked about safety concerns and whether this plan could increase traffic on other streets, she said officials on board with the proposal have a shared vision.

She added that there is no need for there to be an officer on every corner.

Both businesses and Department of Environmental Protection agents would ensure the safety of the outdoor services, she said.

Brewer adds that the city and state have a lot of rules and regulations that restaurants would have to overcome.

Environmental elements such as heavy rain and heat need to be factored in as well, but that it’s all a work in progress.