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NYC Extends Closure of Stretch of 34th Avenue to Promote Social Distancing

34th Avenue and 80th Street (Google Maps)

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.

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Jimmy g

This should be done permanently. There’s so much unnecessary driving going on. The streets are overcrowded. Jackson heights has turned into a 3rd world country

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Sara Ross

How does closing streets help social distancing? I wish more speed bumps would be added because more cars are speeding in residential areas. It’s amazing that no matter what’s going on, if you’re stupid in good times, you’re stupid in bad times.

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Closing the streets helps social distancing because people can't be on closed streets

It tough to wrap your head around

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