Could 2011 be the year of the pedestrian in New York? Under the guidance of DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC sidewalks will continue their slow march into the street next year as the city launches a major expansion of its “pop-up cafÃ©” pilot program across its five boroughs.
The first pop-up cafÃ© tested out in Lower Manhattan this year proved successful enough that Sadik-Khan has expanded the program, planning for up to 12 sidewalk extensions.
Sidewalk cafes have long been a popular feature of New York City dining, but many restaurantsâ€™ sidewalks are too narrow to set out tables and chairs without violating city code. Offering a solution to this spatial problem, on August 12 the Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled its first â€œpop-up cafeâ€ in Lower Manhattanâ€”an 84-foot-long and 6-foot-wide wooden platform with planters, wire railing, 14 cafe tables, and 50 chairsâ€”as the agencyâ€™s latest move to reclaim road space for public use. Read More