The City Planning Commission voted last Monday to make Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pandemic era outdoor dining permanent. The commission’s unanimous vote to remove zoning prohibitions against sidewalk cafes sends the question of the program’s permanence for final approval from the city council, which itself initiated the process of codifying post-COVID rules for so-called “open restaurants.” The al fresco set-ups on sidewalks and curbs have taken away 8,550 parking spots. In exchange, the city claims to have saved some 100,000 restaurant jobs that would have otherwise not survived the pandemic. At the same time, outdoor eateries face vocal opposition in some neighborhoods, where locals complain of rats and other quality-of-life issues.
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