Permanent outdoor dining in city advances

New York City took a step toward a permanent outdoor dining program with the approval Monday of a crucial zoning amendment by the City Planning Commission.

The amendment increases the number of restaurants that can apply for outdoor seating areas when the program becomes permanent in 2022 and was approved despite vocal objections from residents.

Ten out of 11 members of the commission voted yes, with one commissioner recused, after a series of contentious meetings where residents of restaurant-heavy neighborhoods complained about multiplying rat populations, all-night noise, and the fishbowl feeling of going about the intimate routine of daily life inches from a rotating cast of restaurant diners.

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