New York City wants to keep outdoor lifestyle post-virus

NEW YORK — As COVID-19 ravaged New York City, virus-wary denizens locked out of indoor general public sites poured into the streets, sidewalks and parks. They dined with close friends in outside sheds hastily erected by eating places, and went to well being courses, live shows and even treatment classes on streets shut to visitors.

Now as the city continues on its path of restoration, the pandemic could be leaving a lasting imprint on how the city takes advantage of its roadways: A lot more space for men and women and a lot less space for cars.

Even while indoor dining has resumed in the city — no masks or vaccine cards needed — outside dining decks, set up in former parking lanes, have hardly ever been far more plentiful.