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DineOut NYC Winter Fund

As COVID-19 has spread across the country, the collateral damage has been great, with the restaurant industry sustaining one of the heaviest blows. New York City’s dining establishments were devastated. Since Spring 2020, hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost. Some restaurants closed for good. DineOut NYC helped restaurants across the City transition to outdoor dining using a scalable, modular kit of parts and a lot of creativity about moving what had been an intimate ritual into the public realm. As the summer progressed, we closed off blocks in neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic to create outdoor communal dining spaces where a number of restaurants and the public could safely gather and eat together. The DineOut NYC template provided—and continues to provide—a safe way to dine outdoors as lockdown measures start to ease.  


Now: We need you. 

The DineOut NYC team is working to safely extend outdoor dining into the winter, but many of the restaurants that are the cultural and social anchors in our neighborhoods can’t afford the equipment necessary to do so. DineOut NYC is working with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to identify streets that are most in-need of heating for outdoor dining in diverse neighborhoods across five boroughs:  

  • DineOut 37th Road, Jackson Heights (Queens)  

  • DineOut Alexander Avenue, Mott Haven (Bronx)  

  • DineOut Willis Avenue, Melrose (Bronx)  

  • 5th Avenue Corridor, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge and Park Slope (Brooklyn)  

  • Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Harlem (Manhattan)

  • Minthorne Street, Tompkinsville (Staten Island)

Please join us by making a tax-deductible donation to help provide heaters to these restaurants, offsetting the costs of winterizing outdoor dining areas as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. 

Thank you to Pershing Square Capital Management, the first funding partner to help install winterized dining equipment at DineOut NYC and other communal dining locations in the City. The first set of heaters will be installed on Mott Street in Chinatown in Manhattan, incorporated into the existing DineOut NYC design, as well as Dyckman Street in Inwood, Manhattan.  

Ways to Donate or Become a Sponsor

  • Make a secure online donation. Click the “Donate” button at the top of this page.  

  • For larger sponsorship opportunities with benefits, please contact Beth Bowles at [email protected] 

DineOut NYC is a Partner Project of the 501(c)(3) Fund for the City of New York. 100% of the money donated will be used to offset costs for heaters and the necessary equipment for the areas.