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We applaud the stretched-to-the-limit bars and restaurants of Hell’s Kitchen who, already faced with falling customer numbers, no rent relief, and inflexible landlords, confounded by the moving target of regulations, the cost of construction, and the complication of menu changes, have created tiny sidewalk oases for outdoor dining.
Cheers to those whose creativity and innovation have gone beyond the basic orange and white road barriers or unpainted plywood and brought us planters, colorful Plexiglass, umbrellas to shelter from the unforgiving Manhattan sun … and one clever restaurant that has included electric fans!
These are just a few of our favorites … add yours to the “Sidewalkies Hall of Fame” by posting your choice on Instagram and use the hashtag #W42ST.