Seasonal Streets are transformations of streets into pedestrian priority spaces that deliver public space at more precise times to address pedestrian peaks. DOT works with community partners to design and manage the street for multiple uses, from programming and events for pedestrians to managed access and deliveries for businesses. The car-free public space of Seasonal Streets allows for placement of movable furniture and installation of public art. Seasonal Streets can be used as an outreach tool that works towards a permanent change or as a recurring street management tool to prioritize the needs of pedestrians at critical times of the day or year.
DOT Art partners with community-based, nonprofit organizations, and professional artists to present temporary public art on DOT property for up to 11 months. Artists transform streets with colorful murals, dynamic projections, and eye-catching sculptures. Sidewalks, fences, triangles, medians, bridges, jersey barriers, step streets, and public plazas serve as canvases and foundations for art.
One Day Plazas are part of the outreach and planning process for a proposed pedestrian plaza. DOT works with community-based partners who have applied to the NYC Plaza Program or are considering applying to create an event that showcases a potential pedestrian plaza. The events introduce the idea of a pedestrian plaza to the neighborhood, give DOT the opportunity to gather feedback on a proposal, and test both the site and the partner.
Weekend Walks are multi-block, multi-day events on commercial corridors that promote the use of streets as public space. Community-based organizations apply to close commercial streets and provide programming that highlights local businesses and New York City’s unique neighborhoods.