The City Council will start reviewing legislation subsequent week to create a everlasting outside eating program for the Big Apple’s struggling restaurant trade.
The new measure would set up guidelines and allow procedures – to be overseen by town’s Department of Transportation — for eateries in search of to make use of parts of sidewalks and curbside parking exterior their companies to arrange tables and chairs and serve clients meals and drinks.
It would exchange the same, short-term program then-Mayor Bill de Blasio arrange in June 2020 to assist save eating places after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down indoor eating citywide.
Councilwoman Marjorie Velázquez (D-Bronx), who sponsored the proposed legislation change on the request of Mayor Adams, informed The Post her aim is to “streamline” and simplify the method for extra eating places to safe outside eating permits whereas making them “less cost prohibitive” and extra accessible.
Over 12,100 eateries at the moment take part within the short-term program.
“My commitment is to keeping New York City vibrant,” stated Velázquez, the chairwoman of the Committee on Consumer and Worker Projection.
The committee will maintain a distant public listening to Tuesday on the measure the place stakeholders could have an opportunity to testify on the way it might be improved earlier than the complete Council votes on a closing plan at a later date.
Under the present proposal, eateries in search of licenses to function outside eating must shell out $1,050 every after which pay a $525 renewal charge following a yet-to-be-determined time interval. It additionally units up varied security measures and different restrictions for the pop-up, al fresco eating spots to comply with, together with prohibiting use of promoting signage.
A everlasting outside eating program drafted by the de Blasio administration was approved by the Planning Commission final November, nevertheless it by no means reached the Council for a vote earlier than the term-limited mayor left workplace at yr’s finish.
The metropolis claims outside eating saved some 100,000 restaurant jobs that may have in any other case not survived the pandemic.
However, outside eating websites face vocal opposition in some neighborhoods, the place locals complain of rats, misplaced parking areas and different quality-of-life points. Some two dozen residents of Manhattan and Brooklyn have sued to cease this system from being made everlasting.