Saturday saw the welcome return of Summer Streets, and it didn’t disappoint. From the Inflatable waterpark to the pop-up beaches, here are some images and video of NYC’s largest pedestrian playground.
Summer Streets is an NYC Department of Transportation project that celebrates sustainable transportation by opening Seven miles of the city’s streets, along Lafayette Street and Park Avenue, to create a pedestrian playground like no other.
The first of three days of pedestrian fun was this weekend. the city took to the street to play, run, walk and bike, on roads that are usually full of traffic. At the heart of the celebration is a reminder for New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation and engage in healthy recreation… but let’s be honest, we’re going to enjoy the surreal feeling of going up or down Park Ave with no cars!
The next Summer Streets takes place on August 12 and 19… we’d say “don’t miss it,” but we have the feeling it will be pretty unavoidable. Here are some photos and images from the first Saturday:
Everyone loves SummerStreets!
A beautiful day in #NYC to kick off #SummerStreets and Inspector McPherson even got to make a new friend. #NYPD
A post shared by NYPD (@nypd) on
Just a giant inflateable waterpark on the streets of New York…
What a beautiful shot!
#summerstreets #summerstreetnyc2017 #walktheline #parkavenue #carfreeday
A post shared by lissetesevilla (@lissetesevilla) on
on your marks… get set…
Wait for it… an awesome ride down a water slide.
Summer time ?️???♂️#summerstreets #vitacocobeach you got 2 more Saturday’s to check out the activities along the summer streets route, it’s dope and you can walk, jog, run or peddle your way around the streets of Manhatten closed off to cars, @vitacoco thanks for the coconut water and shades
A post shared by @hgd718 on
You’ll never be as chill as this guy…
Pedestrians and cyclists take park ave!
Park Avenue Viaduct on Summer Streets. Every year, NYC closes 7 miles of Park Avenue to traffic and let pedestrians and bicyclists take over. Best thing is there’s 2 more Saturdays to wander Park Ave. Only times one gets to walk on the Viaduct around Grand Central Terminal. The early rains kept crowd levels down but really washed the streets clean. #summerstreets #nyc #parkavenue #motionblur #sony #affinityphoto #carfree @nypd @nyc_dot
A post shared by Ernest W (@ibookery) on
There were even dog area pools to cool off your best friend
Had so much fun strolling Summer Streets on Park Ave decided to cool off in dog area pools #summerstreets #wetdog #citidog ?: @nyc_dot cc: @puppynamedcharlie @littlehollysbigworld
A post shared by Montgomery Doodle Doo (@montydoodledoo) on
What are you fighting for?
We took the beach to the streets for @summerstreets 2017. The Urban Ocean Conservation Experience included a ‘pop up’ workshop and then we asked people to share what it is they’re fighting for, through their activism. Marine life came out as the top answer! We also conveyed top tips on how to keep both ourselves and the ocean healthy!@kitaforthesea @gabstratton #nycsurf #nycsurfing #surfrider #nycsurflife #cleanocean #healthybeaches #environment #sustainability #healthy #ocean #summerstreets
All the people!
Cruising up Park Ave. #summerstreets
A post shared by Alec Perkins (@alecperkins) on
the “Miniest” mini-golf
Let’s go to the beach
When they bring the beach to you ?? #summer #nyc #manhattan #summerstreets #beach #foleysquare
A post shared by Jackie Donnelly (@jacqueline016) on
Let’s go to the beach
A post shared by William NY (@william987431) on
Featured image source [jacqueline016]