There are three main actions that the City is undertaking to facilitate the creation of a Permanent Open Restaurants Program. The first one, a citywide zoning text amendment, is currently under a 90-day review period by community boards and borough presidents until Monday, September 27, 2021.
Action 1: Removal of Locational Prohibitions via Zoning Text Amendment
The first action (Permanent Open Restaurants Zoning Text Amendment) is under review by CB2’s Reopening Working Group and Land Use Committees with a committee vote to be taken at a joint meeting on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. The CB2 Full Board vote will take place at the September Full Board Meeting. Please see the CB2 Calendar for updates on the dates, times, locations, and registration links for these meetings.
Send your written testimony on Permanent Open Restaurants to [email protected].
Citywide Permanent Open Restaurants Zoning Text Amendment
Open Restaurants / Sidewalk Cafes
- Filed LU Package v1
- Referral Package
- Environmental Assessment Statement
- Negative Declaration
Video – Joint DOT & DCP Presentation to CB2 Reopening Working Group and Land Use on July 19, 2021:
Video – Mayor’s Office of Nightlife Open Restaurants Town Call on August 17, 2021 – DOT & DCP presentation to Eating and Drinking Establishment Operators This presentation covers both the current Temporary Open Restaurants program and the proposed Permanent Open Restaurants program. The presentation includes updated diagrams on amenity-zone seating (seating on the sidewalk at the curb which is prohibited in both the Temporary Open Restaurants program and in the proposed Permanent Open Restaurants program). The Q&A towards the end also offers information that may be of interest.
Action 2: Changes to the Sidewalk Café Program
via Local Law and CAPA
– Transfers control of sidewalk cafés to DOT
– Revise design requirements and streamline duration of design review
– Create new clear path requirements and waivers to protect pedestrian right-of-way
Action 3: Creation of the Roadway Café via Local Law and CAPA
– Establish siting rules, guidelines, fee structure, and application review for new program
Past CB2 Reopening Working Group Documents on Open Restaurants
RWG Committee Report with Draft Recommendations for Permanent Open Restaurants Program, March 2021
SLA Mapper (SLAM) – an interactive mapping tool that aggregates Open Restaurants Certifications, 311 Complaints – Open Restaurants (NYPD, DCA, DOT), 311 Complaints – Noise/Drinking, State Liquor Authority (SLA) Licenses, Sidewalk Café Licenses, and Restaurant Health Grades https://slam.beta.nyc/
NYC Planning Street Map: The Status & History of New York City’s Streets. This is a great resource to look up street widths.
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT REPORTS
DCP Assessing Storefronts Vacancy in NYC: 24 Neighborhood Case Studies Report – August 2019
Send CB2 your written testimony on the Permanent Open Restaurants program: [email protected]
DOT is actively seeking public feedback about the permanent program and wants to hear your ideas about what you want to see: https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/contact/contact-form.shtml?routing=or
Report Open Restaurants Complaints to 311: