New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

STATEMENT: Council Member Kallos on Street Closures for Safe Outdoor Social Distancing

As the weather gets warmer, New Yorkers will want to go outside more and they should be able to do so safely. East End Avenue in my district is a perfect street to open exclusively to pedestrians. Making East End from 83rd to 89th Street one continuous pedestrian plaza will expand our open space to make it much easier for residents to get fresh air without risking infection. Once the street is open to pedestrians, this will relieve the pressure off our local parks and give everyone the space they need to practice social distancing outdoors correctly. Thank you to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson for working to make the street closures happen. Looking forward to the expansion across the City and in my district.

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