Seasonal Streets

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.

Doyers Street, Manhattan


  • Demonstrates and promotes the use of streets as public space
  • On-demand street management to enhance safety, security, and mobility on a short, fluid timeline
  • Creates additional public space when communities are most likely to use it
  • Offers flexible interventions that can meet varied demands

Scope and Eligibility

  • Along commercial and transit corridors with high pedestrian volumes where business participation opportunities exist
  • Areas with significant pedestrian activity, especially at peak times
  • Partners must have strong ties to the community where the Seasonal Street is located and demonstrate past experience programming public events


  • Planned and executed on a year-round basis; partners must start planning their event at least three months in advance, though a longer planning timeline is highly recommended
  • DOT may provide a limited amount of furniture and signage or commission a public art installation on the street or light poles
  • Funding may also be provided on a limited basis and is determined by multiple criteria including event size and duration
  • Community partners must work closely with DOT, NYPD, and the Community Board to secure necessary approvals in addition to engaging local businesses and organizations
  • Seasonal Streets require a permit from SAPO

Recommendations and Best Practices

  • Start planning early; community and business buy-in are critical
  • Provide a wide range of programming options that are accessible to all ages, genders, and abilities
  • Seasonal Streets are a flexible public space tool; develop a project that works best for the corridor and community