Poll on Closing Montague Street for Outdoor Dining

Update: the survey resulted in Montague being kept open to car traffic on weekends. Our friends at the Montague Street BID and at Brooklyn Community Board 2 have alerted us to a poll being run by the BID asking whether Montague Street should be closed to auto traffic on Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. to allow restaurants to serve diners outdoors as part of the City’s Open Streets and Open Restaurants program. Responses are requested before this coming Tuesday, September 8. You may cast your ballot here.

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  • Andrew Porter

    I voted, and commented that I’m still too paranoid about getting sick to do any outdoor dining yet.

  • HgtsShpr

    Yep, I’m with you–those tables and chairs are by no means six feet apart, and it makes it harder than it already is to navigate around all the people without masks over their noses (or on at all) in the streets. My wife and I are both immunocompromised, and have had to accept that we can’t really leave the apartment for the next few years. I fell like our neighborhood and country just don’t get the level of commitment that would really be required to protect each other and make this go away quicker and more thoroughly (see my recent comments on improperly masked staff at Key Food in this regard). Best of luck to you, Andrew, stay safe.

  • Cranberry Beret

    I’m very confused by this poll. The BID writes: “Should we close Montague Street…AGAIN?” (emphasis added)

    The street is still listed on the city’s website as part of the OpenStreets program. Have they actually withdrawn from the program but now are thinking of getting back in?

    The enforcement of OpenStreets (both the regular pedestrian version and the restaurant version) has been so haphazard, it makes the whole endeavor a joke. Thanks to our mayor and his ineffective/counter-productive DOT and NYPD…

  • HandsoffBuddy

    Sushi Gallery has excellent food and is great for take out. just sayin’. Stay safe

  • Jorale-man

    There was an article in the Times recently that pointed out that diners are by law expected to keep their masks on until food arrives, or when they’re talking to wait staff. But every time I walk by one of these restaurants I see rows of people, without even an appetizer or beverage on their table, talking without masks. I feel bad for the waiters/waitresses, especially when dealing with drunk people who are talking loudly and not respecting personal space.