Open Streets NYC

Janes Walk

Led By Nuala O'Doherty-Naranjo AND Jim Burke, 34th Avenue Open Street Coalition

The pandemic has made New Yorkers look at our streets differently. We once saw streets as a place for cars to move and for private car storage. During the dark days of the pandemic, open space-starved areas like Jackson Heights were forced into the streets. Older residents had signs on their shopping carts that said STAY 6 FEET AWAY. Naturally neighbors moved into the street as the sidewalks were too small to social distance and, due to the shut down, the streets were silent.

Neighbors started noticing the sound of birds. Had the birds gotten louder or were the cars so noisy that they drowned out the bird songs? Here in Jackson Heights, Queens, neighbors banded together and relentlessly pushed the then-Mayor to hand over the streets to pedestrians. And he did. Come see and hear about what we have done with the space.


A guided tour down a tree-lined avenue with a spirited discussion about how we use our streets.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Sunday, May 8, 2022
11:00 AM
Less than 1 hour

Borough: Queens
Theme: Advocacy
Language: English
An Open Streets event in Jackson Heights, Queens. Photo: 34 Avenue Open Streets Coalition. Modifications: photo cropped.