Open Streets Launching on Frederick Douglass Boulevard
A version of this was sent on September 3 as an email from the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance.
September 04, 2020
The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance (FDBA) is pleased to announce that the section of Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 112th and 120th streets will be participating in the Restaurant Open Streets Program. This has been a successful initiative in neighborhoods throughout New York City and is a way that New Yorkers can show support for restaurants that have been affected during the health crisis.
Frederick Douglass Boulevard (FDB) is Harlem's Gateway and Restaurant Row and its local eateries are some of the largest employers of residents in the community. This initiative will allow you and your family to get outside and experience the neighborhood in a new way and support fantastic food establishments.
Starting September 4 and continuing until the end of October, from Friday evening to Sunday night, vehicular traffic will not be allowed on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 112th and 120th streets. Since FDB will be car free on weekends it will be safe for you to walk. Please note social distancing and face coverings are required.
During this period, restaurants will be able to serve customers on the street in the area extending 17 feet out from the curb. For those restaurants that are already serving in the parking lane, service can be extended into the street for an additional 9 feet.
The privilege of participating in the Open Streets Program comes with responsibilities as well! Each participating restaurant has committed to assisting with maintenance of the barricades that will be placed on the end of each street. This will include helping set up the barricades at the start of each Open Street session and helping to move them aside at the end of each session. Participating restaurants will assist in moving the barricades in the event that emergency vehicles need to pass through.
Restaurants have also committed to cleaning up their street service areas and properly disposing of all trash and recyclables at the end of the evening. If NYC DOT observes that garbage is on the streets and sidewalks, Frederick Douglass Boulevard's permission to participate in Open Streets will be taken away.
We hope that you will join us in helping to make the first FDB Restaurants Open Streets initiative successful and safe. Thanks in advance for your support. One Village, One Harlem.