Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces Open Storefronts Program
The Open Storefronts program will permit storefront businesses to use part of their sidewalk to display merchandise, sell goods, complete transactions, and provide queuing areas through Dec. 31.
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“Rebuilding a fairer, better New York City means maximizing use of our outdoor space, helping businesses keep their employees, and giving New Yorkers more reasons than ever to shop local and enjoy their communities. Open Storefronts does all three,” said de Blasio. “This program builds on the successful legacy of our Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs, and I look forward to finding more ways than ever to reimagine our urban landscape.”
de Blasio anticipates that the program will impact 40,000 businesses and support over 450,000 employees. It will also provide customers with an additional option to shop in-person and shop locally before the holiday season, says de Blasio.
"Outdoor space has been a lifeline for bars and restaurants, and there's no reason why our city shouldn't give retailers space outdoors as well. Open Storefronts and the reopening of our hugely popular winter markets will continue our city's reimagining of how we use our street space to help businesses and New Yorkers get the most out of our streetscape,” said NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson.