Summer Streets is back for 2023!
And while New Yorkers have benefited from bonus pedestrian zones with the city’s Open Streets program (thanks for something, pandemic), Summer Streets is the epic Manhattan tradition that opens up miles of thoroughfares for walkers, runners, bicyclists and people-watchers of all ages.
You won’t want to miss the complimentary rest stops which normally include fitness classes, a dog park, arts and crafts workshops, plus walking tours that explore NYC parks and some of the most beautiful NYC buildings. This is truly one of the best things to do in summer in NYC! And did we mention it’s free? No RSVP or tickets are necessary, just come and enjoy all that the wide-open outdoor space of the city has to offer. You may begin to rethink why we even need cars on Park Ave. at all.
When is Summer Streets?
Summer Streets takes place across five consecutive Saturdays. In 2023, Summer Streets will be on July 29th, August 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 7am to 1pm.
Where is Summer Streets?
This event takes place in all of five boroughs this year: Queens and Staten Island on July 29; Manhattan on August 5, 12 and 19; and Brooklyn and The Bronx on August 26.
It’s free for all to walk, run, play and bike throughout the Summer Street closures, and there are typically themed rest stops with food and entertainment along the route, which will be announced at a later date for Summer Streets 2023.
Here's the borough breakdown of where you can find Summer Streets throughout NYC this summer:
Summer Streets: Queens on July 29
- Vernon Boulevard between 44 Drive and 30 Road
Summer Streets: Staten Island on July 29
- Richmond Terrace between York Avenue and Bard Avenue
Summer Streets: Manhattan on August 5, 12 & 19
From Brooklyn Bridge to West 125 Street via:
- Lafayette Street and Park Avenue between Brooklyn Bridge and East 109 Street
- East 109 Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue
- 5th Avenue between East 109 Street and Central Park North
- Central Park North between 5th Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard
- Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard between Central Park North and West 125 Street
Summer Streets: Brooklyn on August 26
- Eastern Parkway between Grand Army Plaza and Buffalo Avenue
Summer Streets: The Bronx on August 26
- Grand Concourse between East Tremont Avenue and Mosholu Parkway
What can I do at Summer Streets?
Again, programming information for this year's Summer Streets is still to come, but in previous iterations of the warm-weather favorite, activities have included food-and-drink tastings, fitness classes, dance parties and more. Stay tuned!
What should I bring to Summer Streets?
Bring yourself, your family, your friends! Plan a meeting spot in advance, because this is New York City, and even in open space, it can get crowded. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Have some cash on hand to purchase items and refreshments from outdoor vendors. Plan to take the train or walk a few blocks, as some buses may be rerouted for the event.
Where can I eat at Summer Streets?
Due to New York’s open restaurants setup, many eateries will be open along the Summer Streets route. For a full list of open restaurants along the route, visit the NYC DOT guide.