Pedestrian bliss (and New York traffic chaos) ahead: 2014 SummerStreets Dates Announced
For three Saturdays in August, pedestrians rule these streets, and New York traffic gets complicated
Fri Jun 20 2014
Photograph: Grace Chu
SummerStreets, New York's annual celebration of public spaces, is coming back for three consecutive Saturdays in August to transform nearly seven miles of our NYC streets into hangout spots. Cars can be dangerous, friends. So to make these leisure streets possible, Manhattan will close off Park Avenue and Lafayette Street from East 72nd down to Chambers Street so that no loud, obnoxious weapons-on-wheels will leave you anxious on your morning stroll. And for more walking pleasure, the Dot will be sponsoring weekend walks that will block off pedestrian-safe spaces in all five boroughs. But you don't have to just walk on these streets—there'll also be space for biking, zip lining, a rock wall and, for those of you that are not all about that daredevil life, a delightful Whole Foods picnic area and mini golf, which we all know is safe for everyone. So calm down, friend who never wants to ride the roller coaster. Oh, and in case you weren't already falling out of your seat with joy, starting June 27 all the way through Labor Day, cars will be banned from Central Park's drives north of 72nd Street. So go outside. You now have no excuse.
Also on the SummerStreets for you culture vultures out there, you'll be happy to know that this year's Park Avenue Voice tunnel will be curated by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen "who will create eight different immersive soundscapes in the tunnel that use recordings from shallow to deep underwater environments in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Canada, USA, Thailand, the Caribbean and areas of the Pacific."
With SummerStreets back in affect on August 2, 9 and 16, it's looking like this season in NYC will now be the place to have fun outside! #NewYorkDoesitBetter.
Photograph: Luciana Golcman
Take part in SummerStreets
For this three-Saturday event, nearly seven miles of NYC turf from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to the Upper East Side are cleared of vehicles, creating a pedestrian paradise complete with food and entertainment. This edition’s offerings include free bike rentals, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line and outdoor art installations (including a misting station and a minigolf course). It also includes pedestrian access to the Park Avenue Tunnel, with an interactive sound-and-light work by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. From Centre St at Brooklyn Bridge to Park Ave at 72nd St (nyc.gov/summerstreets).
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