“Trick Or Streets” Next Monday Expansion Across NYC For Halloween Night

‘TRICK-OR-STREETS’: ADAMS ADMINISTRATION TO ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER EXPANSION OF OPEN STREET HOURS FOR HALLOWEEN, CUT RIBBON ON 34TH AVENUE REDESIGN IN QUEENS

 Nearly 100 Open Streets and other newly pedestrianized streets will be car-free next Monday evening, October 31st, activated for ghoulish “Trick-or Streets” events that will allow families more public space in celebration of Halloween.

 

The 34th Avenue Open Street in Jackson Heights is also celebrated — as extraordinary public space improvements implemented by DOT this year have permanently prioritized pedestrians and cyclists.

 

NEW YORK—Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez today announced the activation of nearly 100 Open Streets and other newly pedestrianized streets to celebrate Halloween night. Today’s event was held along the 34th Avenue Open Street in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the prime locations being activated next Monday for a groundbreaking program being called “Trick-or-Streets”. See location list below, or visit the Trick-or-Streets map. Commissioner Rodriguez also joined community groups, advocates, and local elected officials to cut the ribbon on 34th Avenue, one of next week’s locations that is also New York City’s longest Open Street.

“As we permanently open the gold standard, Open Street on 34th Avenue, we hope every family and every child has a safe and enjoyable Halloween with special evening Trick-or-Streets across the entire city,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “This program brings together communities and city government to promote safety, community, and fun, and I want to thank all our partners on the ground for their contributions. Happy Halloween, New Yorkers!”

“I am incredibly excited to build on the triumph of our thriving Open Streets program by launching our first ever Trick-Or-Streets initiative this Halloween, providing greater access to safer, shared community spaces,” said NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez.

“I thank Mayor Adams and our dedicated staff for planning this groundbreaking event and hope families will take the opportunity to safely Trick-Or-Treat on an Open Street. And as a bonus, we are celebrating Trick-or-Streets with all the fiendish friends and community partners who have made the official ribbon-cutting along the incredible 34th Avenue Open Street possible.”

34th Avenue Open Street

DOT today celebrated the substantial completion of the 34th Ave Open Street redesign, a groundbreaking project that has transformed 1.3 miles of 34th Avenue into a pedestrian and cyclist priority corridor.

The project includes new plaza and shared street blocks centered at the schools, enhancing safety, accessibility, and creating vibrant programming space for children attending the seven schools within a block of the Jackson Heights corridor.

Started in the depths of the pandemic in 2020, the 34th Avenue Open Street quickly developed into a family-focused oasis on what was once a car-centric corridor.  A new network of community spaces was created for Jackson Heights neighbors of all backgrounds and ages, the Open Street dramatically reduced vehicular volumes and through traffic.  As a result of the changes, safety has improved for all road users, with a 41.7% drop in crashes involving pedestrians. 

This project is a shining example of how DOT is working with communities to rethink New York City streets as public space, marking a significant stride in bringing new public spaces from Bike Boulevards to Shared Streets to Pedestrian Plaza to enhance completely residential corridors. DOT will continue to engage with the Jackson Heights community about the future of this corridor, including public surveys and visioning sessions for the capital project funded with $84M in city funding and an additional $750,000 from former City Council Member Daniel Dromm. The larger Open Streets program continues to transform streets for people and DOT has several similar public space projects either planned, or recently completed, in neighborhoods across the city.

 

Trick-or-Streets

For the first time, Open Streets will expand its hours into Halloween night, when families with children will be welcome to enjoy fa-boo-lous fun on select car-free streets.

In addition to 34th Avenue, Halloween Open Streets will occur on nearly 100 Open Streets and other newly pedestrianized streets on Monday, October 31st from 4 PM – 8PM.  See location list below, or visit the Trick-or-Streets map.

DOT is excited to partner with the following Open Streets for special activations on Halloween:

Borough

On

From/To

Organization

Queens

31 Avenue

33 Street to 35 Street

31st Ave Open Street Collective

Queens

34 Avenue

69 Street to Junction Boulevard

34 Ave Open Streets Coalition

Manhattan

Avenue B

East 6 Street to East 14 Street

Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition

Manhattan

Avenue Of The Americas

Spring Street to Dominick Street

Hudson Square Business Improvement District

Queens

Barton Avenue

149 Place to 150 Street

Asian American Federation

Brooklyn

Berry Street

Broadway to North 12 Street

North Brooklyn Open Streets Community Coalition

Brooklyn

Beverly Road

East 2 Street to Church Avenue

NYCDOT

Manhattan

Bond Street

Lafayette Street to Bowery

il Buco

Manhattan

Broadway

West 25 Street to West 27 Street

Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership

Manhattan

Broome Street

Allen Street to Ludlow Street

Lower East Side Partnership

Manhattan

Canal Street

Essex Street to Orchard Street

Cervo’s

Brooklyn

Chauncey Street

Howard Avenue to Saratoga Avenue

Chauncey Street Block & Tenants Association

Manhattan

Doyers Street

Chatham Square to Pell Street

Chinatown Business Improvement District

Manhattan

Duane Street

Hudson Street to West Broadway

Khe-Yo

Manhattan

East 115 Street

at Park Avenue

Uptown Grand Central

Manhattan

East 18 Street

Park Avenue South to Irving Place

Gramercy Neighborhood Associates

Manhattan

East 20 Street

Park Avenue South to Broadway

Rezdora

Manhattan

East 4 Street

Bowery to 2 Avenue

FABnyc

Manhattan

East 7 Street

Avenue A to 1 Avenue

Overthrow Hospitality

Manhattan

East 78 Street

Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue

The Allen-Stevenson School

Manhattan

Elizabeth Street

Spring Street to Prince Street

Peasant

Manhattan

Forsyth Street

East Broadway to Division Street

Chinatown Business Improvement District

Manhattan

Gansevoort Street

Hudson Street to 10 Avenue

Meatpacking District Management Association

Brooklyn

Hall Street

Park Avenue to Myrtle Avenue

Hall Street Block Association

Manhattan

Hester Street

Mott Street to Mulberry Street

LIttle Italy Merchants  Association

Brooklyn

Howard Avenue

Macon Street to Halsey Street

Friends of Saratoga Park Bed-Stuy + LLTCRN

Manhattan

Hudson Boulevard East

West 35 Street to West 36 Street

Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance

Manhattan

Hudson Boulevard West

West 35 Street to West 36 Street

Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance

The Bronx

Jennings Street

Prospect Avenue to Chisholm Street

Caldwell Enrichment Program Inc

Brooklyn

Joralemon Street

Furman Street to Hicks Street

Willowtown Association

Manhattan

Lafayette Street

Spring Street to Kenmare Street

Altamarea Group

Manhattan

Little West 12 Street

Washington Street to 9 Avenue

Meatpacking District Management Association

Manhattan

Ludlow Street

Stanton Street to Rivington Street

Lower East Side Partnership

Manhattan

Morton Street

7 Avenue South to Bleecker Street

Cara JECM LLC

Manhattan

Mulberry Street

Hester Street to Broome Street

Little Italy Merchants Association

Queens

Murdock Avenue

180 Street to Dead End

Addisleigh Park Civic Association

Manhattan

Orchard Street

Grand Street to Delancey Street

Lower East Side Partnership

Brooklyn

Pearl Street

Fulton Street to Dead End

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Manhattan

Pell Street

Bowery to Mott Street

Chinatown Business Improvement District

Brooklyn

Polhemus Place

Carroll Street to Garfield Place

Polhemus Place Block Association

Brooklyn

Reed Street

Van Brunt Street to Conover Street

Hometown BBQ

Manhattan

Rivington Street

Chrystie Street to Bowery

Ray’s Bar

Manhattan

Rivington Street

Allen Street to Ludlow Street

Lower East Side Partnership

Manhattan

Rivington Street

Eldridge Street to Forsyth Street

JADIS

Brooklyn

Sharon Street

Olive Street to Morgan Avenue

Friends of Cooper Park

Brooklyn

South Portland Avenue

Dekalb Avenue to Lafayette Avenue

Fort Greene Open Streets Coalition

Manhattan

Spring Street

Mott Street to Elizabeth Street

Mari Makan

Manhattan

Spring Street

Thompson Street to West Broadway

Bistro Les Amis

Manhattan

Stanton Street

Allen Street to Ludlow Street

Lower East Side Partnership

Brooklyn

State Street

Smith Street to Nevins Street

Boerum Hill Association

Manhattan

Stone Street

Hanover Square to Coenties Alley

Stone Street Community Association

Brooklyn

Underhill Avenue

Atlantic Avenue to St Johns Place

Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Brooklyn

Washington Street

Front Street to Water Street

Dumbo Improvement District

Brooklyn

Watkins Street

Dead End to Belmont Avenue

Brownsville Community Justice Center

Manhattan

Waverly Place

7 Avenue South to Christopher Street

Jeffrey’s Grocery

Manhattan

West 103 Street

Riverside Drive to Broadway

Park to Park 103

Manhattan

West 120 Street

Lenox Avenue to Mt Morris Park West

Marcus Meets Malcolm

Manhattan

West 13 Street

Hudson Street to Washington Street

Meatpacking District Management Association

Manhattan

West 196 Street

Broadway to Ellwood Street

City College Academy of the Arts

Manhattan

West 21 Street

10 Avenue to 9 Avenue

West 21st Street Open Streets Coalition

Manhattan

West 22 Street

5 Avenue to Avenue Of The Americas

Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership

Manhattan

West 22 Street

7 Avenue to 8 Avenue

Chelsea West 200 Block Association

Brooklyn

West 9 Street

Henry Street to Hicks Street

Red Hook Initiative

The Bronx

Willis Avenue

East 147 Street to East 148 Street

Third Avenue Business Improvement District

Brooklyn

Willoughby Avenue

Washington Park to Hall Street

Fort Greene Open Streets Coalition

Brooklyn

Willoughby Street

Pearl Street to Jay Street

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Queens

Woodside Avenue

76 Street to 78 Street

In partnership with the NYC Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO), DOT is also excited to announce several locations opening space for pedestrians on Halloween:

Borough

On

From/To

Halloween Events

Brooklyn

17 Street

7 Avenue to  8 Avenue

17 Street – Halloween 2022

Queens

39 Avenue

Barnett Avenue to 48 Street

Halloween Street Closure

Queens

45 Avenue

21 Street to 23 Street

Court Square Annual Halloween Trick or Treating

Brooklyn

Albemarle Road

Argyle Road to Rugby Road

Prospect Park South Annual Halloween Celebration

Brooklyn

Dean Street

Bond Street to Nevins Street

Dean Street Halloween Closure

Bronx

Decatur Avenue

East Fordham Road to East 193 Street

10th Annual Ms. Abbies Childrens Halloween Extravaganza

Manhattan

East 10 Street

1 Avenue to 2 Avenue

Village Halloween Costume Ball

Brooklyn

East 4 Street

Caton Avenue to Albemerle Rd

2022 Halloween Block Party

Manhattan

East 82 Street

3 Avenue to Lexington Avenue

Halloween Party with Robin Hood Foundation

Manhattan

East 92 Street

Madison Avenue to Park Avenue

CHN Spooktacular

Brooklyn

Fulton Street

Rochester Avenue to Ralph Avenue

Halloween Trunk or Treat 2022

Queens

Hollis Avenue

211 Street to 212 Street

A Haunting in Hollis

Brooklyn

Lafayette Avenue

St Felix Street to Ashland Place Columbus Avenue

BAMboo 2022

Manhattan

Laguardia Place

Washington Square South to West 3 Street

NYU and CB2 Childrens Halloween Parade

Brooklyn

Macon Street

Lewis Avenue to Stuyvesant Avenue

Masquerade on Macon

Brooklyn

Ovington Avenue

12 Avenue to 13 Avenue

PS 176 Pumpkin Patch Event 2022

Brooklyn

State Street

Nevins Street to 3 Avenue

State Street Halloween Block Party

Manhattan

Wadsworth Avenue

West 176 Street to West 177 Street

Halloween Celebration

Brooklyn

Waverly Avenue

Willoughby Avenue to Dekalb Avenue

Annual Clinton Hill Halloween Safety Walk With Street Activities

Manhattan

West 139 Street

Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard to Frederick Douglass Boulevard

Strivers Row Halloween Event

Manhattan

West 69 Street

Central Park West to Broadway

Halloween Festival

Manhattan

West 78 Street

Amsterdam Avenue to Columbus Avenue

Halloween 2022

Manhattan

West 90 Street

Central Park West to Columbus Avenue

Halloween Trick or Treating

Manhattan

West 95 Street

Central Park West to Columbus Avenue

West 95th Street 2022 Halloween Party

 

NYCDOT’s Public Space partners are joining in the fun throughout the Halloween weekend!

Keep an eye out for Halloween and Dia de las Muertos programming at a plaza or Open Street near you.  NYCDOT’s Public Space Programing Initiative brings free arts, cultural, fitness, and educational experiences to public spaces that are free and open to New Yorkers of all ages and abilities. Learn more about Public Space Programming at www.nyc.gov/publicspaceprogramming

Upcoming Halloween Events on Monday, October 31st

Dumbo Arch Way

Pearl Street between Water Street and Anchorage Place, Brooklyn

4:00 pm – Annual March to the Arch – parade through Dumbo & Brooklyn Bridge Park, led by brass bands & puppets! (Start Washington at Water Streets).
4:30 pm -7:00 pm – Dumboween Party. Live music. Arts & crafts. Fa-boo-lous photo booth. Costume contest for humans and pets. And of course, candy. Plus pick up a map of trick or treating in the neighborhood.

12th Street Plaza

12th Street Between 44th Avenue and 43rd Road, Queens

4:00pm – 6:00pm Families! Trick or treat your way around the 12th Street Plaza with arts & crafts, candy and lots of fun!

Myrtle Avenue Plaza

Myrtle Avenue from Grand Avenue to Emerson Place, Brooklyn

4:00pm – 6:00pm Myrtle Avenue Monster Mash

The annual Halloween dance party on Myrtle Avenue is back with games, treats, a DJ, dancing and a special Thriller Dance off.

Quisqueya Plaza

Dyckman Street between Broadway and Seaman Avenue

3:00pm – Halloween Parade Spooktacular

3:00pm – 8:00pm – Quisqueya Plaza’s First Halloween Party!

Join in the fun with games, food, beverage, and prizes for the best costume!

Open Streets Background

In May 2021, the New York City Council passed legislation to make Open Streets a permanent program. This bill codifies the Open Streets program as part of the City’s administrative code. Through a permanent Open Street program, DOT has created a portal of engagement with the public to allow for a range of activities that promote safe and accessible transportation, economic development, support schools, and provide new ways for New Yorkers to enjoy cultural programming and build community. More on the program, including how to apply, can be found at nyc.gov/openstreets

“From farmer’s markets to tai chi to kids’ games and more, our Open Streets and the programming they offer have been revolutionary for our city on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic. Turning these spaces into spooky hubs of haunted Halloween fun for families next week is yet another incredible example of why the Open Streets program is so great,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “On behalf of families from Jackson Heights, Woodside Flushing, Astoria and Addisleigh Park, I thank the DOT for the activation of these open streets for the holiday.”

“Halloween is a tradition enjoyed by people of all ages, and the Trick-or-Streets project will guarantee a safe festivity packed weekend,” said Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “I commend New York City Mayor Adams and Commissioner Rodriguez on the Trick-or-Streets initiative to help keep residents out of harm’s way this Halloween.”

“Nothing could be sweeter than trick-or-treating on the 34th Avenue Open Street. This transformative project epitomizes the benefits of repurposing the city’s street space to emphasize pedestrian and non-motorized traffic, and the news that the work to make 34th Avenue a permanent Open Street is largely complete couldn’t come at a better time,” said Eric McClure, Executive Director of StreetsPAC. We’re also absolutely elated that the Adams administration is giving the city’s kids the opportunity to celebrate Halloween on dozens of car-free streets next Monday. Advocates have been urging the city to do this for years, and we hope that this all-treat and no-trick policy will continue to expand in coming years.”

“Car-free streets are safe streets. Extending the hours of Open Streets on Halloween will protect young people trick-or-treating,” said Elizabeth Adams, Senior Director of Advocacy and Organizing at Transportation Alternatives. “New Yorkers deserve permanent, 24/7 Open Streets year-round. 34th Avenue can and should be a model of what’s possible when we build streets for people.”

With additional bike lanes, enhanced safety measures, and more open space, all while serving as a central gathering place for our school children, 34th Ave is the quintessential Open Street design,” said Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters. Kudos to Mayor Adams and Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez for transforming this 1.3 mile stretch in Jackson heights—already a major destination with its rich history and diversity—into one of New York City’s safest neighborhoods to explore. And speaking of safety, NYLCV is thrilled with the “Trick-or-Streets” program, which means our trick-or-treaters can worry more about dodging zombies and werewolves and less about cars and trucks.”

“The 34th Avenue Open Street project is a win for all people living in this area. This is a good initiative to support safe and accessible streets for people with disabilities. We must ensure that the streets are clear of traffic hazards that could injure people with disabilities,” said Sharon McLennon-Wier, Ph.D., MSEd., CRC, LMHC, executive director, Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York.

Banner Image: Trick or Treat. Image Credit – Nick Fewings

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