NYC Shops Can Now Sell Products Out On Sidewalks

AM New York reports:

New York City small business owners will be able to sell their wares outdoors as part of the city’s new Open Storefronts Program, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today. The initiative is modeled after the city’s Open Restaurant’s program and will allow shop owners to set up space to sell merchandise on sidewalks directly in front of their business.

Store owners will be allowed to set up outdoor retail space five feet out directly from their buildings as well as five feet high and at all times allow an eight-foot clear path for pedestrians, officials said. Mayor de Blasio said that the city chose to roll out the new initiative now to allow businesses to capitalize off the Christmas season.