by: Bria Donohue
Last week, NYC Department of Transportation released their proposed rules for implementing the permanent outdoor dining program, Dining Out NYC. Outdoor dining was a lifeline for New Yorkers and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic and led the city to reimagine how we utilize public space. The permanent program will create a vibrant, safe, and accessible outdoor dining experience with sidewalk cafes operating year-round and roadway dining allowed from April to November. The rules proposed by DOT provide valuable guidance on the design requirements for outdoor dining structures, with a focus on maintaining accessibility and sanitation. DOT will be soliciting feedback on the proposed rules on November 20 at 10:00am.