The future of the city’s economic recovery could be determined by our own two feet, according to a series of proposals from the city’s top money man.
According to Comptroller Scott Stringer, the city must help commercial districts — like Tremont Avenue in the Bronx, Roosevelt Avenue in Queens and New Dorp Lane in Staten Island — by converting them from car-dominated districts to bus, bike and pedestrian-friendly areas.
“These are just a handful of the iconic ‘Main Streets’ where New Yorkers congregate, socialize, shop, eat, learn, explore, and build their communities,” the 2021 mayoral candidate wrote in his report “Save Main Street: A Crash Program to Help Save NYC Small Businesses.”
“Now more than ever, more space is needed for seating and shelving to assist local restaurants, retail, barber shops, and nail salons…for social distancing and lining up for testing and temperature checks. And more space is needed for bus and bike lanes to help people travel around their neighborhoods as subway use is curtailed.”