For three Saturdays in August, seven miles of New York City’s vibrant, bustling streets will be closed to traffic and open to its many diverse communities in a block party-type art event of epic proportions. Organized by the NYC Department of Transportation, “Summer Streets” is an annual event that truly captures the energetic hum of summer here.
“Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space – our streets,” explains the Department of Transportation. “On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation,” of the yearly summertime celebration.
In addition to providing the space for New Yorkers to come out and play, Summer Streets exists as an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the arts. According to NYC-ARTS, “The event is part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party – a great time for exercise, people watching, or just enjoying summer mornings. Passersby are welcome to participate in the arts and crafts workshops, listen to musical performances, [and] learn to salsa dance,” of the myriad opportunities to explore, observe, and create during Summer Streets. There will also be a 25’ climbing wall, a 160’ elevated zipline, as well as the return of the incredible “Voice Tunnel.”
Last summer, more than 300,000 people came to take advantage of the closed streets that extend from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, as well as to Park Avenue and connecting streets. Admission is always free, and there are three different opportunities to experience Summer Streets next month.
Summer Streets 2014
Saturday, August 2nd, 7:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, August 9th, 7:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, August 16th, 7:00am-1:00pm