Nearly 100 Open Streets and other newly pedestrianized streets will be car-free next Monday evening, October 31st, activated for ghoulish “Trick-or Streets” events that will allow families more public space in celebration of Halloween.

The 34th Avenue Open Street in Jackson Heights is also celebrated — as extraordinary public space improvements implemented by DOT this year have permanently prioritized pedestrians and cyclists.

Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez today announced the activation of nearly 100 Open Streets and other newly pedestrianized streets to celebrate Halloween night. Today’s event was held along the 34th Avenue Open Street in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the prime locations being activated next Monday for a groundbreaking program being called “Trick-or-Streets”. See location list below, or visit the Trick-or-Streets map. Commissioner Rodriguez also joined community groups, advocates, and local elected officials to cut the ribbon on 34th Avenue, one of next week’s locations that is also New York City’s longest Open Street.

“As we permanently open the gold standard, Open Street on 34th Avenue, we hope every family and every child has a safe and enjoyable Halloween with special evening Trick-or-Streets across the entire city,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “This program brings together communities and city government to promote safety, community, and fun, and I want to thank all our partners on the ground for their contributions. Happy Halloween, New Yorkers!”

“I am incredibly excited to build on the triumph of our thriving Open Streets program by launching our first ever Trick-Or-Streets initiative this Halloween, providing greater access to safer, shared community spaces,” said NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “I thank Mayor Adams and our dedicated staff for planning this groundbreaking event and hope families will take the opportunity to safely Trick-Or-Treat on an Open Street. And as a bonus, we are celebrating Trick-or-Streets with all the fiendish friends and community partners who have made the official ribbon-cutting along the incredible 34th Avenue Open Street possible.”

34th Avenue Open Street 
DOT today celebrated the substantial completion of the 34th Ave Open Street redesign, a groundbreaking project that has transformed 1.3 miles of 34th Avenue into a pedestrian and cyclist priority corridor. The project includes new plaza and shared street blocks centered at the schools, enhancing safety, accessibility, and creating vibrant programming space for children attending the seven schools within a block of the Jackson Heights corridor. 

Started in the depths of the pandemic in 2020, the 34th Avenue Open Street quickly developed into a family-focused oasis on what was once a car-centric corridor. A new network of community spaces was created for Jackson Heights neighbors of all backgrounds and ages, the Open Street dramatically reduced vehicular volumes and through traffic. As a result of the changes, safety has improved for all road users, with a 41.7% drop in crashes involving pedestrians.

This project is a shining example of how DOT is working with communities to rethink New York City streets as public space, marking a significant stride in bringing new public spaces from Bike Boulevards to Shared Streets to Pedestrian Plaza to enhance completely residential corridors. DOT will continue to engage with the Jackson Heights community about the future of this corridor, including public surveys and visioning sessions for the capital project funded with $84M in city funding and an additional $750,000 from former City Council Member Daniel Dromm. The larger Open Streets program continues to transform streets for people and DOT has several similar public space projects either planned, or recently completed, in neighborhoods across the city.

Trick-or-Streets 
For the first time, Open Streets will expand its hours into Halloween night, when families with children will be welcome to enjoy fa-boo-lous fun on select car-free streets.

In addition to 34th Avenue, Halloween Open Streets will occur on nearly 100 Open Streets and other newly pedestrianized streets on Monday, October 31st from 4 PM – 8PM. See location list below, or visit the Trick-or-Streets map

NYC DOT is excited to partner with the following Open Streets for special activations on Halloween:

BoroughLocationStreets Partner
BronxJennings StreetProspect Avenue to Chisholm StreetCaldwell Enrichment Program Inc
BronxWillis AvenueEast 147 Street to East 148 StreetThird Avenue Business Improvement District
BrooklynBerry StreetBroadway to North 12 StreetNorth Brooklyn Open Streets Community Coalition
BrooklynBeverly RoadEast 2 Street to Church AvenueNYC DOT
BrooklynChauncey StreetHoward Avenue to Saratoga AvenueChauncey Street Block & Tenants Association
BrooklynHall StreetPark Avenue to Myrtle AvenueHall Street Block Association
BrooklynHoward AvenueMacon Street to Halsey StreetFriends of Saratoga Park Bed-Stuy + LLTCRN
BrooklynJoralemon StreetFurman Street to Hicks StreetWillowtown Association 
BrooklynPearl StreetFulton Street to Dead EndDowntown Brooklyn Partnership
BrooklynPolhemus PlaceCarroll Street to Garfield PlacePolhemus Place Block Association
BrooklynReed StreetVan Brunt Street to Conover StreetHometown BBQ
BrooklynSharon StreetOlive Street to Morgan AvenueFriends of Cooper Park
BrooklynSouth Portland AvenueDekalb Avenue to Lafayette AvenueFort Greene Open Streets Coalition
BrooklynState StreetSmith Street to Nevins StreetBoerum Hill Association
BrooklynUnderhill AvenueAtlantic Avenue to St Johns PlaceProspect Heights Neighborhood Development Council
BrooklynWashington StreetFront Street to Water StreetDumbo Improvement District
BrooklynWatkins StreetDead End to Belmont AvenueBrownsville Community Justice Center
BrooklynWest 9 StreetHenry Street to Hicks StreetRed Hook Initiative 
BrooklynWilloughby AvenueWashington Park to Hall StreetFort Greene Open Streets Coalition
BrooklynWilloughby StreetPearl Street to Jay StreetDowntown Brooklyn Partnership
ManhattanAvenue BEast 6 Street to East 14 StreetLoisaida Open Streets Community Coalition
ManhattanAvenue Of The AmericasSpring Street to Dominick StreetHudson Square Business Improvement District
ManhattanBond StreetLafayette Street to Boweryil Buco
ManhattanBroadwayWest 25 Street to West 27 StreetFlatiron 23rd Street Partnership
ManhattanBroome StreetAllen Street to Ludlow StreetLower East Side Partnership
ManhattanCanal StreetEssex Street to Orchard StreetCervo’s
ManhattanDoyers StreetChatham Square to Pell StreetChinatown Business Improvement District
ManhattanDuane StreetHudson Street to West BroadwayKhe-Yo
ManhattanEast 115 Streetat Park Avenue Uptown Grand Central
ManhattanEast 18 StreetPark Avenue South to Irving PlaceGramercy Neighborhood Associates
ManhattanEast 20 StreetPark Avenue South to BroadwayRezdora
ManhattanEast 4 StreetBowery to 2 AvenueFABnyc
ManhattanEast 7 StreetAvenue A to 1 AvenueOverthrow Hospitality
ManhattanEast 78 StreetLexington Avenue to Park AvenueThe Allen-Stevenson School
ManhattanElizabeth StreetSpring Street to Prince StreetPeasant 
ManhattanForsyth StreetEast Broadway to Division StreetChinatown Business Improvement District
ManhattanGansevoort StreetHudson Street to 10 AvenueMeatpacking District Management Association
ManhattanHester StreetMott Street to Mulberry StreetLIttle Italy Merchants Association 
ManhattanHudson Boulevard EastWest 35 Street to West 36 StreetHudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance
ManhattanHudson Boulevard WestWest 35 Street to West 36 StreetHudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance
ManhattanLafayette StreetSpring Street to Kenmare StreetAltamarea Group
ManhattanLittle West 12 StreetWashington Street to 9 AvenueMeatpacking District Management Association
ManhattanLudlow StreetStanton Street to Rivington StreetLower East Side Partnership
ManhattanMorton Street7 Avenue South to Bleecker StreetCara JECM LLC
ManhattanMulberry StreetHester Street to Broome StreetLittle Italy Merchants Association
ManhattanOrchard StreetGrand Street to Delancey StreetLower East Side Partnership
ManhattanPell StreetBowery to Mott StreetChinatown Business Improvement District
ManhattanRivington StreetChrystie Street to BoweryRay’s Bar
ManhattanRivington StreetAllen Street to Ludlow StreetLower East Side Partnership
ManhattanRivington StreetEldridge Street to Forsyth StreetJADIS
ManhattanSpring StreetMott Street to Elizabeth StreetMari Makan
ManhattanSpring StreetThompson Street to West BroadwayBistro Les Amis
ManhattanStanton StreetAllen Street to Ludlow StreetLower East Side Partnership
ManhattanStone StreetHanover Square to Coenties AlleyStone Street Community Association
ManhattanWaverly Place7 Avenue South to Christopher StreetJeffrey’s Grocery
ManhattanWest 103 StreetRiverside Drive to BroadwayPark to Park 103
ManhattanWest 120 StreetLenox Avenue to Mt Morris Park WestMarcus Meets Malcolm
ManhattanWest 13 StreetHudson Street to Washington StreetMeatpacking District Management Association
ManhattanWest 196 StreetBroadway to Ellwood StreetCity College Academy of the Arts
ManhattanWest 21 Street10 Avenue to 9 AvenueWest 21st Street Open Streets Coalition
ManhattanWest 22 Street5 Avenue to Avenue Of The AmericasFlatiron 23rd Street Partnership
ManhattanWest 22 Street7 Avenue to 8 AvenueChelsea West 200 Block Association
Queens31 Avenue33 Street to 35 Street31st Ave Open Street Collective
Queens34 Avenue69 Street to Junction Boulevard34th Ave Open Streets Coalition
QueensBarton Avenue149 Place to 150 StreetAsian American Federation
QueensMurdock Avenue180 Street to Dead EndAddisleigh Park Civic Association
QueensWoodside Avenue76 Street to 78 StreetThai Community USA NYC

In partnership with the NYC Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO), NYC DOT is also excited to partner with several locations opening space for pedestrians on Halloween:

BoroughLocationStreetsPartner
BronxDecatur AvenueEast Fordham Road to East 193 Street10th Annual Ms. Abbies Childrens Halloween Extravaganza
Brooklyn17 Street 7 Avenue to 8 Avenue17 Street – Halloween 2022
BrooklynAlbemarle Road Argyle Road to Rugby RoadProspect Park South Annual Halloween Celebration
BrooklynDean Street Bond Street to Nevins StreetDean Street Halloween Closure
BrooklynEast 4 Street Caton Avenue to Albemerle Road2022 Halloween Block Party
BrooklynFulton Street Rochester Avenue to Ralph AvenueHalloween Trunk or Treat 2022
BrooklynLafayette Avenue St Felix Street to Ashland Place Columbus AvenueBAMboo 2022
BrooklynMacon Street Lewis Avenue to Stuyvesant AvenueMasquerade on Macon
BrooklynOvington Avenue 12 Avenue to 13 Avenue PS 176 Pumpkin Patch Event 2022
BrooklynState StreetNevins Street to 3 AvenueState Street Halloween Block Party
BrooklynWaverly Avenue Willoughby Avenue to Dekalb AvenueAnnual Clinton Hill Halloween Safety Walk With Street Activities
ManhattanEast 10 Street 1 Avenue to 2 Avenue Village Halloween Costume Ball
ManhattanEast 82 Street 3 Avenue to Lexington AvenueHalloween Party with Robin Hood Foundation
ManhattanEast 92 Street Madison Avenue to Park AvenueCHN Spooktacular
ManhattanLaguardia Place Washington Square South to West 3 StreetNYU and CB2 Childrens Halloween Parade
ManhattanWadsworth Avenue West 176 Street to West 177 Street Halloween Celebration
ManhattanWest 139 StreetAdam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard to Frederick Douglass BoulevardStrivers Row Halloween Event
ManhattanWest 69 StreetCentral Park West to BroadwayHalloween Festival
ManhattanWest 78 StreetAmsterdam Avenue to Columbus AvenueHalloween 2022
ManhattanWest 90 StreetCentral Park West to Columbus AvenueHalloween Trick or Treating
ManhattanWest 95 StreetCentral Park West to Columbus AvenueWest 95th Street 2022 Halloween Party
Queens39 AvenueBarnett Avenue to 48 StreetHalloween Street Closure
Queens45 Avenue21 Street to 23 StreetCourt Square Annual Halloween Trick or Treating
QueensHollis Avenue211 Street to 212 StreetA Haunting in Hollis

NYC DOT’s Public Space partners are joining in the fun throughout the Halloween weekend! Keep an eye out for Halloween and Dia de las Muertos programming at a plaza or Open Street near you. NYC DOT’s Public Space Programing Initiative brings free arts, cultural, fitness, and educational experiences to public spaces that are free and open to New Yorkers of all ages and abilities. Learn more about Public Space Programming at www.nyc.gov/publicspaceprogramming

Upcoming Halloween Events on Monday, October 31st 

Dumbo Arch Way 
Pearl Street between Water Street and Anchorage Place, Brooklyn
4:00 pm – Annual March to the Arch – parade through Dumbo & Brooklyn Bridge Park, led by brass bands & puppets! (Start Washington at Water Streets). 
4:30 pm -7:00 pm – Dumboween Party. Live music. Arts & crafts. Fa-boo-lous photo booth. Costume contest for humans and pets. And of course, candy. Plus pick up a map of trick or treating in the neighborhood.

12th Street Plaza 
12th Street Between 44th Avenue and 43rd Road, Queens 
4:00pm – 6:00pm Families! Trick or treat your way around the 12th Street Plaza with arts & crafts, candy and lots of fun!

Myrtle Avenue Plaza 
Myrtle Avenue from Grand Avenue to Emerson Place, Brooklyn
4:00pm – 6:00pm Myrtle Avenue Monster Mash 
The annual Halloween dance party on Myrtle Avenue is back with games, treats, a DJ, dancing and a special Thriller Dance off.

Quisqueya Plaza 
Dyckman Street between Broadway and Seaman Avenue
3:00pm – Halloween Parade Spooktacular
3:00pm – 8:00pm – Quisqueya Plaza’s First Halloween Party!
Join in the fun with games, food, beverage, and prizes for the best costume!

Open Streets Background 
In May 2021, the New York City Council passed legislation to make Open Streets a permanent program. This bill codifies the Open Streets program as part of the City’s administrative code. Through a permanent Open Street program, DOT has created a portal of engagement with the public to allow for a range of activities that promote safe and accessible transportation, economic development, support schools, and provide new ways for New Yorkers to enjoy cultural programming and build community. More on the program, including how to apply, can be found at nyc.gov/openstreets

“From farmer’s markets to tai chi to kids’ games and more, our Open Streets and the programming they offer have been revolutionary for our city on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic. Turning these spaces into spooky hubs of haunted Halloween fun for families next week is yet another incredible example of why the Open Streets program is so great,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “On behalf of families from Jackson Heights, Woodside Flushing, Astoria and Addisleigh Park, I thank the DOT for the activation of these open streets for the holiday.”

“Halloween is a tradition enjoyed by people of all ages, and the Trick-or-Streets project will guarantee a safe festivity packed weekend,” said Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “I commend New York City Mayor Adams and Commissioner Rodriguez on the Trick-or-Streets initiative to help keep residents out of harm’s way this Halloween.”

“Nothing could be sweeter than trick-or-treating on the 34th Avenue Open Street. This transformative project epitomizes the benefits of repurposing the city’s street space to emphasize pedestrian and non-motorized traffic, and the news that the work to make 34th Avenue a permanent Open Street is largely complete couldn’t come at a better time,” said Eric McClure, Executive Director of StreetsPAC. We’re also absolutely elated that the Adams administration is giving the city’s kids the opportunity to celebrate Halloween on dozens of car-free streets next Monday. Advocates have been urging the city to do this for years, and we hope that this all-treat and no-trick policy will continue to expand in coming years.” 

“Car-free streets are safe streets. Extending the hours of Open Streets on Halloween will protect young people trick-or-treating,” said Elizabeth Adams, Senior Director of Advocacy and Organizing at Transportation Alternatives. “New Yorkers deserve permanent, 24/7 Open Streets year-round. 34th Avenue can and should be a model of what’s possible when we build streets for people.”

With additional bike lanes, enhanced safety measures, and more open space, all while serving as a central gathering place for our school children, 34th Ave is the quintessential Open Street design,” said Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters. Kudos to Mayor Adams and Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez for transforming this 1.3 mile stretch in Jackson heights—already a major destination with its rich history and diversity—into one of New York City’s safest neighborhoods to explore. And speaking of safety, NYLCV is thrilled with the “Trick-or-Streets” program, which means our trick-or-treaters can worry more about dodging zombies and werewolves and less about cars and trucks.”

“The 34th Avenue Open Street project is a win for all people living in this area. This is a good initiative to support safe and accessible streets for people with disabilities. We must ensure that the streets are clear of traffic hazards that could injure people with disabilities,” said Sharon McLennon-Wier, Ph.D., MSEd., CRC, LMHC, executive director, Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York.