You may have noticed a few changes along the Open Street of Avenue B... this is courtesy of the newly formed Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition, described as "a community-led program providing safe, socially distanced recreation for our neighborhood."
For starters, volunteers have painted and repaired some of the barriers that are up along the Avenue from Sixth Street to 14th Street daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ...
[Top 2 photos by Stacie Joy]
The group has launched a Twitter and Instagram account...
As the newly formed Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition, we believe this should be a community-led program providing safe, socially distanced recreation for our neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/RiCfc7yzG3— Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition (@Loisaida_OSCC) July 9, 2020
... where you can learn about upcoming events... and receive news alerts...
🚨Barrier protection alert!🚨 Strong winds today—please dismantle and set any barriers you see out today on Avenue B to the side, not blocking building entrances, with legs stacked behind crossbars to keep them from getting blown around. Safety first!— Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition (@Loisaida_OSCC) July 10, 2020
If you're interested in volunteering to be an Avenue B Open Streets Ambassador, you can find a sign-up sheet here.
The city announced the Open Street plan in late May to help residents safely get some fresh air while social distancing. As we've noted, people have hidden or vandalized the barricades or they've been clipped by motorists or the FDNY...
A related item of interest... tomorrow (Tuesday night!), CB3's Transportation, Public Safety, & Environment Committee will hear the following item — FDNY: Fire safety concerns regarding Avenue B Open Street.
Here's the meeting info:
Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
By Phone: +1 646 518 9805, +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 975 1182 6911
Updated: Streetsblog has a post on this story here.