Maybe it was the rain, or the fact that I only saw Wonder Woman one time, but it feels like summer in NYC has only just begun. But here we are, nearing mid-July, announcing the tenth edition of Summer Streets. I'm afraid I may take a nap and wake up on Halloween (not that I don't have my look already planned).
If you're not familiar with the fest or just generally unaccustomed to fun, Summer Streets is a free city program that blocks car traffic on Park Avenue between Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge for three Saturdays in August. The streets fill up with pedestrians, bikers, rock climbers and other adventurers who dare to dream of a city without soul-crushing traffic.
This year's edition—which runs Saturdays August 5, 12 and 19—promises all the greatest hits of previous years, including the 270-foot Vita Coco Beachslide at Foley Square; a zipline and obstacle course at 53rd Street; and plenty of bike rental zones. New pop-ups include Citi's "silent disco food meditation" (whatever, there's free food) and the totally bananas, all-inflated LG Quadwash Water Park. That's right: It's a water park that looks like a washing machine. Welcome to America!