31st Ave Open Street
31st Avenue between 33rd & 35th Street in Astoria
Saturdays: 12pm - 11pm, Sundays: 12pm - 8pm
Join us on 31st Ave!
Every weekend, 31st Avenue is closed to all traffic and parking between 33rd & 35th St for public use. The open street hours run from noon to 11pm on Saturdays, and noon to 8pm on Sundays.
Come enjoy outdoor dining, community programming, and a whole new open space to relax outside!
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What is an Open Street?
The 31st Avenue open street is part of NYC Open Streets run by of the Mayor's Office and the NYCDOT. The goal of the Open Streets program is to provide more space for physical distancing where open space and parks are limited.
Supported by a broad majority of the businesses there, an application was submitted by the 31st Ave Open Streets Collective for a temporary full closure on Saturdays and Sundays, between 33rd and 35th St along 31st Ave. The Open Street is maintained by local members of the community who volunteer to run the program. It offers safer space for outdoor dining, programming and other fun community activities! Come join us.
Programming & Events
The 31st Avenue Open Street is a space for the community to come together. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Open Streets present neighbors with the opportunity to use street space for passive and active recreation.
Events are organized by local businesses, neighbors and community groups. Submit your event here and we will share it on the calendar and social media.
Safety & reminders: All events respect physical distancing and require face coverings until further notice — first come, first placed; and some spaces are limited. Contact organizers for more information and to register for limited-space events.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How can I get involved?
Other questions? Contact: 31stAveOpenStreet@gmail.com
Can I still park my car?
There is no parking on 31st Avenue between 33rd St and 35th St during the hours when the Open Street is active. Cars should be moved off the street starting at 10am, to allow setup. However, cars can still pass down 33rd, 34th and 35th Street—just not up or down 31st Avenue.
What about emergency vehicles?
The barriers leave space for vehicles to navigate slowly, and emergency services will deal with them as needed. Thus far, Open Streets have not been shown to deter response time, as drivers are used to navigating barriers.
Can I sell things on the Open Street?
Yes! But it requires a permit from the city. If interested in applying, email us! (At this time, the city is only allowing non-food vendors to apply. If that changes, we'll let you know!)
When it's hot out, can we get the fire hydrants opened?
Our volunteers are working on it! We've applied for designation as a Cool Street - Details here from the DOT.