Mayor Eric Adams today announced a new initiative focused on removing abandoned shacks that were part of the alfresco dining of closed restaurants.
Restaurants struggling at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic have opened their doors to the street by installing storage sheds. The mayor says the plan has helped many restaurants get back on their feet and saved nearly 100,000 jobs, but critics cite problems with garbage, rodents, space and noise, slamming relief efforts. created more problems than solutions.
In recent days, the city has removed 24 sheds outside the now-closed restaurants.
The task force will also review shacks that violate Open Restaurant Program guidelines with a warning system. After the third visit, the Department of Transportation will issue a termination notice – 48 hours before he distributes the takedown notice. DOT then deletes the structure and stores it for 90 days. If the owner does not retrieve it, the hut will be disposed of.
The administration also encourages New Yorkers to identify shacks that appear to be abandoned, call 311 and share the location so the task force can check it. You can also send photos to 311 by email.