Summer Streets is an NYC Department of Transportation project that celebrates New York City’s streets in the most unique and fun ways imaginable. Seven miles of the city’s streets, along Lafayette Street and Park Avenue, are cleared of vehicles to create a pedestrian playground like no other.
On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are free of cars, and opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. The event is modeled on other events from around the world including Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia and the Paris Plage in France.
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!
Now in its tenth year, Summer Streets are going big. You can expect all the stuff you enjoyed from previous years, the 270-foot Beachslide (Foley Square); the zipline and obstacle course (53rd Street) and along with some new additions: a “silent disco food meditation” and an inflatable Water Park shaped like a washing machine.
Here’s this year’s route:
As you can see, there is easy access from all points in New York City making it easy for participants to plan trips as long or short as they want. All of the activities are free and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets together.
This year’s Summer Streets takes place on August 5, 12 and 19… we’d say “don’t miss it,” but we have the feeling it will be pretty unavoidable.
Featured image source: [New York City Department of transportation]