Council Seeks to Create Open Streets for Restaurants, Defying de Blasio (Again!)

Famed restaurant architect David Rockwell created this idea for outdoor space — showing the Park Slope restaurant Negril — for the New York City Hospitality Alliance. Photo: Rockwell Group

They'll have what he's not having.

The City Council today will take up a measure to require the city to create space "for outdoor dining amid the COVID-19 pandemic," according to a statement from Speaker Corey Johnson, the second time in as many months that the Council acted due to Mayor de Blasio taking a more-deliberate approach.

“Supporting New York City’s restaurants, bars and dining establishments is essential as they have been especially hard hit by this crisis,” said Johnson.

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