BY THE VILLAGE SUN | The Village landscape is dotted with pandemic outdoor dining structures — some of them full of light, life and laughter, others abandoned hulks sitting sorrily amid the snowbanks.
Some of the unused structures look like they were attached to businesses that have closed for good, while others might just be closed temporarily.
With temperatures hovering around freezing, it’s not surprising that outdoor dining might be falling off. Following the recent blizzard, 4 to 8 more inches of snow is forecast for Super Bowl Sunday.
In a desperately needed lifeline to local restaurants and bars, though, in another week, indoor dining at 25 percent capacity is scheduled to return on Valentine’s Day. The hospitality industry, however, says it needs 50 percent capacity.
As for removing the discarded dining huts, people can call 311 and the city will either contact the owner to do it or have the Department of Sanitation handle it.