Because of Corona, many restaurants in New York have moved their seats outside. Now Manhattan or Queens reminds a little of Europe.
Because of the corona pandemic, New York City has moved its restaurant scene to the sidewalks and streets in many places – this has created a street dining atmosphere in the metropolis. Some streets in Manhattan or Queens are lined with new wooden patios these days. They are sometimes painted in bright colors or decorated with flowers and mostly well attended. “Congratulations America – you just invented Europe,” a journalist recently wrote on Twitter for a photo of Smith Street in Brooklyn, describing the new summer flair pretty well.
The streets in the United States are usually owned by cars, but in times of less traffic and a need for more space between people, many streets have been converted into pedestrian zones. Especially on weekends, they are more reminiscent of street parties with a little more distance.
“We really suffered, but now business is picking up again,” says the manager of a restaurant in the Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn. His new terrace is now full every day. But the fear of a corona relapse continues to resonate: after the successful fight against the virus and significantly lower numbers in New York, there is growing concern that visitors from other parts of the United States could give a new boost to the infection scene in the metropolis. So far, however, it looks as if the New York European atmosphere could still linger a bit.