Not much else to go on, except the Montague Street BID information, but looks like they will be laying down sod and creating a lawn/piazza in the street as part of Sunday shopping and events in July. We once saw this in Providence for someone's graduate project and it was - refreshing!
You can read the BID's reasons after the jump...
From the Montague Street BID website:
- The goal of Summer Space is to increase summer sales for BID merchants by leveraging the City's support for innovative public spaces.
- An elegant space for outdoor relaxation will bring out local residents on Sundays and promote longer stays by visitors, including the extra folks heading to the Promenade to look at Olafur Eliasson's waterfall installations. Surveys taken on Montague Street suggest that residents and shoppers have an overwhelmingly positive view of a temporary piazza program. In addition, recent surveys found that fewer than one in ten Sunday shoppers arrive on Montague Street by private car – 91% of Sunday shoppers walk, bike, or come via public transportation.
- BID merchants are encouraged to offer special sales or promotions in front of their stores. For example, Housing Works will be displaying home furnishings outside, and Korres will offer product demonstrations.
- BID restaurants that already posses a current sidewalk café license may expand sidewalk seating out to the curb during Summer Space hours.
- Sales by any outside vendors will NOT be allowed. NYPD will provide additional policing to control any attempt at vending by non-BID members.
Sounds great and well thought out. It also reminds us of a certain street in Boston (Downtown Crossing?) that would always be closed to cars, and let people wander in the street. When we visited Ginza, in Tokyo, they also would do this on certain days, which let the shops and restaurants extend into the streets and allowed for 'rare' outdoor public seating for weary pedestrians.
This will be the first with turf - hope people curb their dogs!
matt at apartment therapy dot com