Outside Kyle Sklerov’s bedroom on Perry Street in the West Village, diners eat, drink and yell day and night.
“We live inside a restaurant now,” Sklerov said, adding that in early 2020, when he moved in, the block was quiet. His ground-floor, street-facing apartment is just 400 square feet, he said—the size of a two-car garage in the suburbs—and he and his wife have nowhere to get away from it all.
Sklerov’s conundrum points to the way that opposition to outdoor dining has crystallized as the city looks to make the temporary pandemic program permanent. Many of the New Yorkers who live on the city’s new al fresco
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