NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – City’s plan to implement outdoor dining standing is facing a lot of resistance from local residents.
They talk loudly, rat and lack of space are just some of the problems, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported Monday.
Residents in West Village submitted to the community council tasked with providing input on what will be the provisions for the new law. They said they wanted to support their local businesses, but when the pandemic broke out, the outdoor dining facilities should disappear as well.
The structures have been a lifesaver for restaurants. They are so common, the city is making the pandemic permanent.
But some residents say they have become a nuisance.
“These warehouses are creating a habitat for pests like we’ve never seen before,” says Lee Arntzen.
“Noise goes with this and it shouldn’t be on this street, certainly not on a narrow residential street,” says Stu Waldman.
“It’s like a cover pointing to your bedroom. That kind of noise,” adds Leslie Clark.
Mobile video shows how the neighborhood transforms, especially on weekends – music booms as large crowds dance outside, structures leave little room to walk on sidewalks and piles of trash left behind that residents say attract rats.
Dorothy Green said: ‘I have to walk on the subway and with my cane it scares me.
In a statement, the mayor’s office said in part, “Dinners have saved 100,000 jobs. A stand against al fresco dining is a stand against this city’s revitalization. It’s here to stay. “
That’s the sentiment that city leaders tried to reinforce during Monday’s presentation to Community Board 2.
“The program has been a huge success and in April, the City Council overwhelmingly voted in favor of this bill to make it permanent,” said Judy Chang of the Department of Transportation to boos from the crowd.
Residents backed off, as they closed the meeting.
While alfresco dining may work in other areas, they say the density in the West Village has changed their quality of life.
“What is good for this area should not be the same as for the Upper East Side or the Upper West Side. We cannot sustain what is going on here,” said Kathy Arntzen.
The current measures will be in place until next year. In the meantime, the city will work out the details for a more permanent option.