HARLEM, NY News — In Harlem the city will be banning cars from three Harlem streets this week as the city Department of Transportation works to open dozens of miles of streets to pedestrians to aid with social distancing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
Portions of West 114th Street, East 115th Street and Edgecomb Avenue will be included in the open streets program through partnerships with local business groups, police precincts and the Parks Department, the Mayor said Wednesday. This week's closures will put the city at a total of 21 miles of closed streets.
"Now that warmer weather has arrived, New Yorkers will need more options to enjoy the outdoors at a safe, social distance," de Blasio said in a statement. "We're grateful to all our local partners, and we believe new bike lanes will lay the groundwork for a cycling surge in the months and years to come."
The city has decided to work with local organization Concrete Safaris to close East 115th Street between Park Avenue and Third Avenue each weekday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., according to city officials. The two-block stretch will be the only open street located in East Harlem.
Street closures in Central Harlem will be enforced all the time by the NYPD and city government. The open street on West 115th Street will extend just one block from Manhattan Avenue to Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
Harlem's largest open street will be located on Edgecomb Avenue adjacent to Jackie Robinson Park. The city will be closing half-a-mile of the street between St. Nicholas Place and West 145th Street.
The city is pedestrianizing 40 miles of streets across the five boroughs this month, with the eventual goal to open as much as 100 miles of streets to help New Yorkers spend time outdoors while remaining at a safe distance from others.
The question is are you coming outside to the Harlem street cities while the vius is still spreading?