The first batch is part of a 100-mile target before the long-awaited end of the pandemic
The measure was tested in late March
Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy
At the last minute, the scheduled closure of streets for recreation with social distance was advanced from Monday to today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last night.
The advance came “just in time for the warm, sunny weekend,” he said. New York Post.
The city will block vehicular traffic along 7.2 miles of streets starting today, to allow pedestrians and cyclists more recreation space during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Thanks to the fast work of the [Departamentos de transporte, parques y policía], we will open the first 7 miles of streets for pedestrians and cyclists on SATURDAY, ”Blasio said last night on Twitter.
“PLEASE practice social distancing and stay safe,” he added.
The first 7.2-mile closing lot is part of a goal to include 100 miles before the long-awaited end of the pandemic.
Each street closed today Saturday is in or next to a park: about 4.5 of the miles are located within Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan; Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and Forest Park in Queens; Callahan-Kelly Park in Brooklyn; Grant Park in the Bronx and Silver Lake Park on Staten Island.
The other 2.7 miles of streets include: Williamsbridge Oval in the Bronx; Court Square Park in Queens; Carl Schurz Park, Highbridge Park and Lt. William Tighe Triangle in Manhattan; Prospect Park in Brooklyn; and Stapleton Waterfront Park on Staten Island.
De Blasio had previously announced that the streets would close starting Monday from 8 a.m. at 8 p.m. But early yesterday the possibility of advancement had arisen. During their daily press conference on the coronavirus crisis, reporters asked the mayor why they did not open the streets andThis weekend before the good weather forecast.
And he replied, “I will see if there is a way to speed this up, but that would only happen if there is a way to enforce it correctly.”
A previous measure of 1.6 miles was applied in other areas between the end of March and until April 5. It is a project similar to the closure of roads on the mornings of some summer Saturdays, but this time for radically different reasons.
#OpenStreets are starting early!
PLEASE practice social distancing and stay safe.
– Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 2, 2020