31st Ave Open Street
31st Avenue from 33rd to 35th St, Astoria, Queens
Currently in hibernation until the 2022 season!
Join us on 31st Ave!
During the 2022 season, 31st Avenue opens up each weekend to walking, cycling and programming between 33rd & 35th St. (Cross streets remain open; drivers may use crosswalks for short-term loading.) No traffic or parking is allowed at this time.
Come enjoy outdoor dining, community events, 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 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.
The Open Street is maintained by local members of the community who volunteer to run the program, in coordination with the businesses on the block. 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 11am, to allow setup. However, cars can still pass down 33rd, 34th and 35th Street—just not up or down 31st Avenue. They may also use crosswalks for short-term loading.
What if I have a disability?
Those with a disabled parking pass are allowed to enter the street for local access—although, for users' safety, the crosswalk is encouraged to pick up or drop off. But please do place the barricades back to their original position after moving them.
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! We typically have several markets throughout the year where vendors are welcome.
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.