The popular NYC Summer Streets program closes seven miles of Manhattan streets to motorized traffic on the first three weekends in August, turning the car free streets into one long street fair, with water slides, music and more along the route.
From the Brooklyn Bridge to the Upper East Side, Lafayette Streets, Park Avenue and Park Avenue South will be for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers and walkers.
No cars allowed, 7 AM to 1 PM on August 5, 12 and 19.
There are six rest stops that double as activity fun zones, including a first ever Water Park at 71st St. and Park Avenue.
It’s a giant inflatable water park, measuring 30’ wide by 50’ long, with obstacle courses continuously soaked by powerful jet streams, massive slides in the shape of cutlery, and hanging glide rails for kids of all ages to zoom down into pools of water, and cabanas for relaxing. Because this is expected to be a super-popular super-soaker, on-site registration is required. FREE ticketing is offered on the hour, so participants are encouraged to arrive early to secure a spot. Tickets will be provided on a first come, first served basis. The last timed entry is at 12:30pm. Sponsored by LG.
Each rest stop has different activies and features, including –
There’s a The 165′-long, 30’-high zipline and an environmental zone at 53rd St. and Park Ave.,
Bike & Roll will provide free bike rentals at the Foleqy Square rest stop. A total of 65 bikes will be available at the rest stop.
The Municipal Arts Society is providing free neighborhood walking tours at several rest stops.
This is the tenth year of the Summer Streets program and it gets bigger and better every year. Last year, more than 300,000 people participated.
You can ride, run or walk in either direction between 72nd Street and Park Avenue and Chambers Street and PAS, car free and carefree. There are organized rest stops in Foley Square at just north of Chambers Street, in Soho at Lafayette and Spring Streets, Midtown at 25th St. and Park Ave., and Uptown, at 51st St. and Park Ave., some with cooking demonstrations, exercise workshops, storytelling for the kids, a 270-foot water slide, and more.
There’s something happening at each of the rest stops. See the map and list here.
Many city agencies will be participating at Summer Streets 2017, including the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs offering arts and crafts workshops, and the Department of Environmental Protection supplying mobile drinking fountains along the route, among others. The Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management, NYPD and FDNY also support Summer Streets.
For more information, including a route map and street closure information, visit NYC.gov/SummerStreets.
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