Weekend Walks

Weekend Walks are car-free events 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.

Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn
Chinatown, Manhattan


  • Supports local businesses and community-based organizations
  • Promotes the use of streets as public space
  • Positively enhances a community by adding more space for walking and pedestrian-friendly activities
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles
  • Fosters community-building among neighbors

Scope and Eligibility

  • Must be located on a commercial corridor
  • Must be a minimum of two blocks in length, and must occur at least two times
  • No exchange of money is permitted at Weekend Walks; however, businesses may display their wares on the street, and restaurants may place seating out on the sidewalk
  • Nonprofit and for-profit organizations must have strong ties to the community and demonstrate past experience programming public events within the community


  • Weekend Walks applications are due during the winter; approved events are generally held between early spring and late fall
  • DOT may provide a limited amount of furniture and other amenities to support events
  • Funding may also be provided on a limited basis and is determined by the size of the event
  • Partners that host events must work closely with DOT, NYPD, and the Community Board to secure necessary approvals in addition to engaging local businesses and organizations in the community
  • Applicant must provide commercial general liability insurance in the amount of $1 million per occurrence and $3 million aggregate limit naming the City of New York as an additional insured
  • All events require a permit from SAPO

Recommendations and Best Practices

  • Start planning early; getting community buy-in from local businesses, organizations, and programming partners is critical to a successful event
  • Provide a wide range of programming options that are accessible to all ages, genders, and abilities
  • Connect programming at the event to businesses on the route (e.g., pop-up library that promotes the local library; blood pressure screenings outside a local pharmacy)