March 31, 2020 By Allie Griffin
New York City will keep a stretch of 34th Avenue closed to traffic through Sunday, April 5, extending its street closure pilot plan to promote social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The Mayor’s Office announced that 34th Avenue between 73rd and 80th Streets will close to cars and other vehicles from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day through Sunday.
Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx will each have one street opened to pedestrians as well.
Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested opening up the streets after visiting New York City, where he saw groups of people congregating in close contact at city parks.
The goal of the pilot program is to increase outdoor space so New Yorkers can get some air while practicing proper social distancing — staying at least six feet from others — in order to slow the spread of the virus.