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Mayor Extends Open Storefronts Program Through September 2021

The Mayor announced the extension of the Open Storefronts program Tuesday (Mayor’s Office)

Dec. 30, 2020 By Christian Murray

The mayor announced Tuesday that the city is extending a pilot program that allows storefront owners to sell goods on the sidewalk.

The initiative, dubbed the Open Storefronts program, was launched at the end of October and will now be in operation until Sept. 30, 2021. The program is modeled after the successful Open Restaurants program and allows business owners to sell and display their merchandise on a portion of the sidewalk.

The program requires participating businesses to keep an eight-foot clear path of sidewalk from the curb. Retailers cannot use the space of adjacent businesses.

The businesses must also bring all furniture and goods indoors when they are closed.

The initiative aims to help brick-and-mortar businesses, which have taken a hit due to COVID-19. The program was also established to increase public safety–by encouraging outdoor shopping and making social distancing easier.

“Open Storefronts has given business owners an easy way to maximize their space and keep customers safe as they shop,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We remain committed to giving small businesses more chances to thrive, and we’re excited to give them more opportunities to participate in this program throughout the winter and warmer months.”

The mayor has expanded the program, allowing businesses to sell pre-packaged food on sidewalks and to use sidewalks for take-out orders.

City officials hope that more businesses will take advantage of the program–particularly when the weather heats up. Since the program was launched, only a few hundred businesses out of the nearly 40,000 businesses that qualify have enrolled for the Open Storefronts program.

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Caroline

They cancelled outdoor holiday activities like New Year’s Eve onlookers at times square and allow outdoor shopping and dining. Makes no sense. They even recommended that you bring your own food and utensils if you got together with loved ones.

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Mark C

Sanger Hall is closed indefinitely. Why then is their street seating still set up?. Don’t other merchants and residents have right to park on the street? Are they leasing the curb too?

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Tom

This will definitely help so many businesses which are and will be having going out of business and everything must go sales.

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Anonymous

So kwanza was born out of the race riots in the 60s in California. Apparently some guy was DWI and fought the cops when they arrested him so the community rioted and burned their own neighborhood in protest. Then they decided to commemorate the event by making up a holiday…. kwanza. With 2020 behind us maybe we can come up with something to celebrate the looting and violence. Everyone loves a holiday.

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Woodsidelady

I cant understand the logic of having outdoor retail dace when snowstorm is a possibilty during winter .
Its a nuisance when stores having stuff outside only to rush in when it rains
Billy Blaz give us some real solutions.

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Dawn

For some it is better than shopping online. Two of my packages were stolen the week before Christmas. Its been a hassle trying to report it and get my money back. The police told me to file a report online and hung up on me.

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Victor

What does that have to do with anything in this article or the Sunnyside Post at all.
Do you need to get a lobotomy scheduled?

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