Clean Ups

A clean-up temporarily restricts vehicle access and parking on a block to allow a group of volunteers or a nonprofit to safely remove litter and debris from the roadway and sidewalks. A clean-up can be scheduled in advance of other SAPO-permitted events to prepare the space for community activities.

Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Greenpoint, Brooklyn


  • Cleans and maintains the public realm
  • Encourages pedestrian activity and comfort
  • Supports local public realm stewardship

Scope and Eligibility

  • Closes a single block for up to four hours
  • No alcohol, fundraising, sponsorship , or sale of goods or services is permitted
  • Must be organized by a documented nonprofit, or an individual with a local relationship to the proposed location


  • Application due to SAPO 60 days prior to event
  • A $25 application fee is required
  • Requires block or tenant association approvals prior to applying
  • Applicant must provide commercial general liability insurance in the amount of $1 million per occurrence naming the City of New York as an additional insured
  • Additional permits or insurance may be required (e.g., amplified sound requires a permit from NYPD; generators require a certificate from FDNY and, when over 40kW, also require a certification from DEP)
  • Rain dates are not permitted

Recommendations and Best Practices

  • Coordinate with the corresponding Community Boards for comment and approval as SAPO considers these comments when approving permits
  • Make contact early with the relevant NYPD Precinct and obtain their approval of the proposed street closures
  • Retrieve 'No Parking' signage from your local precinct and post them on the permitted blocks in advance of event date