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Everything you need to know about Summer Streets NYC

Written by
David Goldberg

Cancel your Saturday plans this AugustSummer Streets is back. 

For three sweet Saturdays, New York pedestrians can live out a dream of car-free harmony when the city shuts down traffic on Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park. You can rent bikes for free, view beloved NYC attractions with historical tours, try out Zumba and cardio classes, and sample bites from organic and health-conscious food vendors from all over town. As always, the 30-foot-high zip line beckons you to fulfill your urban fantasy. Before you run wild, here's everything you need to know about your Saturday fantasy. 

When is Summer Streets?

Summer Streets takes place over three consecutive Saturdays on August 4, 11 and 18 from 7am to 1pm.

Where is Summer Streets?

Summer Streets shuts down Park Ave between City Hall Park and East 72nd Street at Central Park. Along the way are five rest stops, which act as hubs for the day's activities. You can view the full map here, and an embedded one below:

The Foley Square Rest Stop (Duane and Centre Sts) offers extreme sports such as the infamous zip line. The Soho rest stop (Spring and Lafayette Streets) is the fitness zone, where folks can take free workout classes. The Astor Place rest stop (Astor Place and Lafayette Street) is an outdoor adventure course called “Climb Every Mountain.” The midtown rest stop (25th Street and Park Avenue) is dubbed “City Picnic: Food Glorious Food,” which will be a grub and beverage sampling area. And the Uptown rest stop (51st St and Park Ave) is the Children’s Corner and Museum hub.

Do I need to buy tickets? 

Nope. Summer Streets is entirely free. But we do recommend you get an early start to beat the crowds. 

What is there to do at Summer Streets?

What isn't there to do at Summer Streets? This year's lineup of free activities include:

  • Biking tours
  • Skate rentals
  • Historical walking tours
  • 30-foot zip line
  • Yoga, Zumba and boot camp classes
  • Dog park and agility course
  • Dance and theater performances
  • Museum workshops
  • Kids activities

What can I eat at Summer Streets? 

If you’ve just crushed more than seven miles on foot, you deserve a treat. Stop by the Midtown rest stop for samples from Obrigado, Hippeas, Lifeway, Nuun, Kevita, Krave Jerky, SkinnyPop and others. And be sure to head to an Honest Tea mobile tea garden at the Foley stop for some refreshments. Water refill stations will be set up to keep you hydrated along the way. 

Is there a waterslide? 

Not this year. But need we remind you of the 30-foot-high zip line at the Foley rest stop? 

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