Recommendations for Reopening, a partnership with Neighborhoods Now

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In May 2020, the Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute offered to advise members of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, a coalition of community organizations across New York City, on their reopening strategies. Five organizations joined the initiative: 82nd Street Partnership in Jackson Heights, Queens; Bed-Stuy Gateway BID and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; Community League of the Heights in Washington Heights, Manhattan; and the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition in Kingsbridge, Bronx.

Throughout the summer, these organizations collaborated with coalitions of architects, engineers, lawyers, and planners from Van Alen and Urban Design Forum’s collective network. The outcomes are a set of design recommendations and prototypes addressing immediate needs for COVID-19 awareness campaigns, open air dining, and outdoor education and wellness activities.

Created by the Restoration working group, these pamphlets aim to share information about reopening guidelines in a concise and user-friendly style. They outline recommendations:

  • Small Businesses
  • Office Workers and Commercial Buildings
  • Neighborhoods

To read more about the Neighborhoods Now, click here.

Small Business Owners


Office Workers  and Commercial Buildings