Community Board Says ‘Um, No’ to DOT’s Pop-Up Curb Cafés


Well, so much for the Department of Transportation’s utopian vision of gutter dining in Soho: Last night, Community Board 2 voted to reject all but one of the pop-up cafés that the DOT had proposed for the neighborhood. The cafés, which would extend from the sidewalk six feet into the road, are the project of DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who had previously tested the concept in Cobble Hill and the Financial District. The New York Post reports that last night’s meeting drew vociferous opposition to the proposed cafés; five of the six were ultimately rejected. Those wishing to sit in the street should go to Sullivan Street’s Local Café, which was the only one to win the board’s approval.

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