The final NYC Summer Streets program of 2019 is Sat., Aug. 17, your last chance to enjoy seven miles of Manhattan streets off limits to motorized traffic, for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers and walkers.
The car-free streets are one long street fair, with music and dance performances, playgrounds for the kids, a gigantic water slide, climbing wall, free bike rentals, a popular zipline, even a doggie park.
No cars allowed, 7 AM to 1 PM the first three Saturdays of August, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Upper East Side, Lafayette Streets, Park Avenue and Park Avenue South.
There are different events and cultural organizations each weekend. This is the schedule for August 17
2019 is the 12th annual Summer Streets, growing in popularity each year, with nearly 300,000 people attending last year’s event.
Once again, five “rest stops” along the route will offer different FREE activities and performances at each stop, including rock-climbing walls, the poppular 165-foot zip line, outdoor fitness classes, wheelchair basketball games, a dog park and lots of FREE samples from food and drink vendors.
The rest stops that double as activity fun zones, and have water refill stations so you keep hydrated.
The rest stops are at 51st Street, 25th Street, Astor Place, Spring Street, and Foley Square.
There’s also FREE bike repair, FREE bike rentals, FREE bike valet and FREE cycling lessons at the 25th St. stop all three weekends.
There also are Information tents at each rest stop, for American Sign Language interpretation, print and braille maps, and general Summer Streets information.
Paper Chain of Kindness: Commit to kindness! We are interwoven and connected by our thoughts and actions, and the kinder ones make our connections even stronger. We can visualize this connection and strength with our Paper Chain of Kindness. Using paper and drawing materials, commit to an act of kindness to add to our collaborative chain. Then, create your own bookmark as a reminder.
KNOW YOUR CITY: NYC’s Built Environment: Summer Streets participants can pick up different maps or visit the cultureNOW website to learn more about the public art and architectural gems located along the route. New this year are short 15 minute pop-up walking tours lead by Culture Now representatives. Stop by the tent for your own personal tour highlighting one or two significant buildings at the rest stop.
Manos a la Obra: Joyería Taína The expressive forms of Taíno culture continue to inspire the work of Puerto Rican, Nuyorican and Latinx artists today. Explore our ancient roots in this special art-making workshop and create your own piece of jewelry.
Las formas expresivas de la cultura Taína continúan inspirando el trabajo de los artistas puertorriqueños, nuyoricans y latinx en la actualidad. Explora nuestras raíces antiguas en este particular taller de arte y crea tus propia joyería Taína.
Marching Band Workshop: Make a customized marching band hat & handheld instrument out of everyday items with the HONK NYC team and join the parade.
The Manhattan Borough Historian’s History Quiz Game: How well do you know your city? Quizmaster and Manhattan Borough Historian, Michael Miscione, will pose questions about the history, geography, and culture of New York. Some will be easy. Some will be hard. Some will be in-between. If you score enough points, you’ll win a NYC sewer alligator!
Nature Patterns: Inspired by MAD’s new exhibition Vera paints a Scarf: The Art and Design of Vera Neumann, participants will delve into surface design through the use of stencils, leaf rubbings, and animal footprints! Explore the colorful and layered world of patterns and textures and leave your own mark, using your hands – and feet!
Dragon Puppets: Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival by designing a colorful dragon puppet or personalized dragon boat paddle. Dot your dragons’ eyes to awaken it and the inner dragon in you!
Playground Design: Join Noguchi Museum educators in exploring playgrounds Isamu Noguchi designed for New York City, and around the world. Then create your own three-dimensional playground model using paper and mixed media.