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NYC DOT Street Seats Program

SoHo Broadway Partner: Interested in outdoor seating in front of your building or business? A Street Seat may be a solution!

NYC DOT’s Street Seat program offers a way for property owners or businesses to open public space as a civic welcome mat, helping companies and institutions open up their doors or creating smaller scale public spaces in neighborhoods that serve as an amenity for workers, tenants, residents, and visitors. The applying partner selects the design and maintains the Street Seat. NYC DOT provides operational elements, such as signage, wheel stop bars, striping on the parking lane, and/or temporary plastic bollards.

There are 3 types of Street Seats: 1) Sidewalk Seating, which could happen only on an extra-wide sidewalk where pedestrian flow wouldn’t be impeded, 2) Platform Street Seats, a seasonal platform in the street with barriers, 3) Non-platform Street Seats: Using gravel, markings, granite blocks, and planters to create a public space that is available all year round.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact streetseats@dot.nyc.gov directly or contact the Initiative’s Director of Planning and Community Engagement Brandon Zwagerman at bzwagerman@sohobroadway.org

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