The mayor's office announced this morning that Newbury Street will be closed to vehicles every Sunday between Aug. 21 and Sept. 25, dramatically expanding the Open Newbury Street program of years past and ending worries that the pro-car set had finally won out.
Newbury Street will be open to pedestrians and closed to motor vehicles from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue on Aug. 21 and 28, and on Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Parking will be restricted on Newbury Street and adjacent streets, with enforcement beginning at 5 a.m.
In a statement, Mayor Wu said:
Open Newbury Street has become a treasured tradition for Boston residents, showing how we can celebrate community in public spaces. Expanding Open Newbury to a weekly event and into the fall means returning college students and new residents will be able to join in on the fun. I want to thank BTD and our public safety officials for making this expansion a reality.
This summer, the city had announced an expansion of the Open Street concept from Newbury to three main corridors in other neighborhoods - Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Dorchester - but the initial announcements of those one-time closures said nothing about Newbury.