NYC's dining sheds have served their purpose — time to shut the COVID dining huts.

NYC's dining sheds have served their purpose — time to shut the COVID dining huts.

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CUEUP NYC started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and

New York City's emergency outdoor dining program was meant to help restaurants survive the pandemic. It was never meant to be permanent. Yet just a few months after the temporary program started, the City Council passed NYC Local Law 114 mandating that Open Restaurants, and its 12,000 sheds cluttering our streets, be made permanent.

Day and night, Open Restaurants delivers constant noise, mounds of trash, rats, fire hazards, blocked sidewalks, and impassable streets. Firetrucks, ambulances, and other emergency services can’t access homes on narrow neighborhood streets. These problems have been there from the beginning for all to see. Yet the Mayor and the City Council choose not to look or listen.

The City Council held a single hearing about a law that could disrupt our streets forever. Barely publicized, few members of the public knew about the hearing or attended. Community Boards weren’t invited. The chief outside witnesses were representatives of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, the restaurant industry’s lobbying arm. Its counsel was consulted on the writing of the bill.

As you read this, the Mayor and the New York City Hospitality Alliance are trying to sneak through zoning text changes without public discussion. These changes could allow the disruption of residential-zoned neighborhoods permanently.

Clearly, something smells with Open Restaurants and it isn’t the fish.

We, the undersigned individuals and community organizations, demand that the Mayor and City Council immediately:

  • Repeal NYC Local Law 114 and abandon plans to make this temporary program permanent.
  • Direct city agencies to begin full and immediate enforcement of all Open Restaurant regulations to crack down on outrageous abuses of shared public space.
  • Require all public complaints about the temporary Open Restaurants be recorded and maintained in a publicly accessible database.
  • Hold well-publicized, accessible public meetings in all five boroughs when contemplating any changes to our streetscapes.
  • Return the regulation of sidewalk cafes to the Department of Consumer Affairs and Worker Protection.

When pandemic emergency economic measures are making the city less livable for all of us - it's time to shut the dining sheds. Please join us in taking back our streets and sidewalks.

— Coalition United for Equitable Urban Policy (CUEUP-NYC)

 

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