New York City lays out plans for permanent outdoor dining sheds and increased public spaces funding

New York City is one step closer to formalizing a permanent set of standards for sidewalk and roadway dining and upgrading its open spaces. Legislation introduced by New York City Council Members Marjorie Velázquez, Keith Powers, Julie Menin, and Justin L. Brannan, with support from mayor Eric Adams proposes the permanent establishment of sidewalk and roadway dining, succeeding the temporary plans outlined in Local Law 77, through which structures ranging from ramshackle to luxurious were quickly constructed across New York during the pandemic.

Licensing will be overseen by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). Sidewalk and roadway cafes—defined by the proposed legislation

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