Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets
photo credit: Matthew Weinstein
Published June 15, 2022⏱️
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Vanderbilt Avenue is a participant in New York City's Open Streets program.
UPDATE: Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets returned for 2022 on April 1
Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets hours are Friday 5pm-10pm, and Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays Noon to 10pm. The Avenue will close to traffic from Atlantic to Park Place one hour before start, and will reopen one hour after closing. During these hours, Pacific Street between Vanderbilt and Underhill Avenues will be closed to through traffic.
In summer and fall 2020, the program provided desperately needed economic relief to more than twenty neighborhood restaurants, helped keep restaurant workers employed, and created a space for residents and visitors alike to share an afternoon or evening together in a safe way.
The program returned in spring 2021 with improved barriers, clearer demarcation of bicycle lanes, improved programming, and paid staff to operate the Open Street. The program re-opened in spring 2022.
Volunteers are needed year-round to monitor and empty the litter baskets on the Vanderbilt Avenue commercial strip street corners. DSNY provides volunteers with a supply of green bags for lining the baskets. Resident volunteers change the liners as the baskets get full, preventing trash from spilling on to the streets. To learn more about the program, or to sign up, please visit DSNY's Adopt A Basket web page.