The safety improvements and new public spaces created by the SIP will benefit thousands of people who use W 103rd Street every day to go to and from the subway or just walking around the neighborhood.
Only 13 parking spaces are repurposed across the 3 blocks of the SIP to make this possible. All other parking spaces will remain available as they currently are.
Parking is only prohibited on W 103 St. between Broadway and West End Avenue for roughly 5 hours on the date of the Open Street’s single monthly event day during the OS season (April-October). However, handicap vehicles are always allowed to park and to drive on the Open Street during these events.
Over the past 10 years, there have been 31 injuries on this section of W 103rd St. (and 39 across all of W 103rd St.) due to traffic crashes – View the data on NYC Crash Mapper
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and esteemed New York magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson has described our neighborhood as The Upper West Side’s Zone of Pedestrian Death because of the high amount of traffic crashes.
The DOT-SIP was the result of a 3-year democratic process. It was approved by Community Board 7’s Transportation Committee and Full Board with only one dissenting vote in June and September 2022.
Here’s a partial list of some of the actions taken to inform the community and solicit input in the SIP and W 103rd Open Street: