Feb. 17, 2013 By Christian Murray
The proposal to allow sidewalk cafes in Long Island City passed another hurdle earlier this month when Community Board 2 unanimously voted in support of the measure.
The measure calls for a zoning amendment — likely be implemented by summer– that would permit sidewalk cafes on Borden Ave, 2nd Street, Vernon Blvd, Jackson Ave., Court Square (north and south), 44th Drive, 43rd Ave, Crescent Street and Queens Plaza.
The measure still needs the approval of the Queens Borough President’s office, the city planning commission, city council and mayor. However, little opposition is expected given the community’s widespread support of it.
However, even with the zoning change, restaurants would still have to apply for permits with the Department of Consumer Affairs. The sidewalk would have to be at least 15 feet wide before a restaurant would be granted approval.
Alcohol may be served in sidewalk cafes if the restaurant has obtained a license from the State Liquor Authority.