August 21, 2020
As Manhattan continues its recovery and residents and workers alike return to the city, restaurants have reopened. Rather than opening their doors; they have begun serving their customers outside on the sidewalk and in the roadbed. In June, Mayor De Blasio announced the Open Restaurants initiative that would save restaurants around the city, and 80,000 jobs in the process. Restaurants around the city have done their best to transform their outdoor space; but the Hudson Square BID has gone above and beyond.
The Hudson Square BID is not only helping businesses in the district to reopen but is providing a menu of different area options for restaurants at no cost. Their Hudson Square parklets are designated eating areas in the roadbed painted with the popular mosaic design that has become synonymous with the area. They have also provided seating, planters, and umbrellas to finish the look.
These parklets have allowed 9 Hudson Square restaurants to reopen with more coming in the near future. Houseman (508 Greenwich Street) and Adoro Lei (287 Hudson Street) have been featured on NBC New York and Manhattan Digest, respectively. While the Hudson Square BID and their parklets have also been mentioned in:
It also looks like the parklets will have some staying power. On August 3rd, Mayor De Blasio announced outdoor dining will return to New York in June 2021.