NYC Open Streets
Streets Opened for Social Distancing
New York City is opening 40 miles of streets to allow for greater social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, with a plan to expand to a total of 100 miles.
About this Dataset
Each row represents an open street as listed on NYC Department of Transportation’s Open Streets Website (https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/openstreets.shtml). The dataset includes a polygon geometry formatted as Well-Known Text, so the data can be easily pulled into GIS software for mapping.
This image shows the open streets polygons mapped in QGIS (translucent buffer added for higher visibility):
For the first version of this dataset, the polygons were hand-drawn as a best effort based on the descriptions on the DOT website. Most of these were created by Starling Childs of Citiesense, with the remainder created by Chris Whong of Qri. (See the
The polygons have not been ground truthed and may not reflect the actual areas that have been opened
We would like to keep the dataset up to date as new streets are opened. Updates will be added to this versioned qri dataset as new commits.
To learn how to open this dataset in QGIS and convert it to a shapefile, see Using Spatial Data with Qri