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If you’re looking for a silver lining, it can be found in the Dorothy in the streets blanche in the sheets shirt moreover I will buy this streets. The mayor’s office got rid of what it described as a “cumbersome application and approval process,” for outdoor dining, essentially allowing any restaurant to set up shop in a courtyard, on a sidewalk (as long as they don’t block things like fire hydrants, bus stops, or intersections), or even right in the middle of the road. Back in May, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his intention to make 100 miles of city blocks car free. Currently the city is only at 45 miles—but, according to the mayor’s office, “the city will identify new Open Streets on commercial strips with large number of restaurants and bars, as it continues to roll out new corridors in the coming weeks and months.” Essentially, certain blocks will become pedestrian-only spaces where key activities are rosé pouring and risotto eating. (If that sounds like a mobbed nightmare, note that the mayor’s office will be dispatching “social distancing ambassadors” who hand out masks, disperse large groups, create six-feet-apart visual cues out of chalk, and help bar and restaurant managers with overall crowd management.) Mar hopes that De Blasio will zone West 12th Street, where the Beatrice Inn is, as such a spot. “It’s a lot of single- or minority-owned businesses,” she says of her neighborhood. “That is going to be our lifeline. These are the types of businesses that really make up the DNA of New York.” The tricky thing, however, is making sure that DNA is still apparent. Mar and the Beatrice Inn are keeping their old New York vibe alive by including handwritten thank-you notes in brown-paper takeout bags; sending out a lively, lifestyle-esque newsletter about their favorite dishes; and offering lunch service for the first time ever. All the food will be alfresco appropriate: “I rewrote our dinner menu and created our inaugural lunch menu to feature a few staples but added some new interpretations of French classics, like my bouillabaisse blanc, asparagus soup with chives and crème fraîche, and beef tartare with smoked yolk, capers, shallot, and buttered brioche,” she says. A cheeseburger will be served all day. Over in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Jamaican restaurant Glady’s is trying to figure out how, exactly, to translate their rambunctious rum-punch ambiance to the sidewalks of Franklin Avenue. Right now, they’re mulling over DJs and live music. But it’s a tough call: “I think people, since we’ve been trapped so long inside, want to feel like they’re on vacation for a minute or two,” says director of operations Amanda Bender.
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