As summer winds down, New York City is shutting down some of its streets for three consecutive Saturdays in August. Summer Streets is the city’s effort to encourage New Yorkers to utilize more sustainable forms of transportation such as walking and biking. Saturday, August 15th, will be the last day of Summer Streets -so take advantage of this rare occasion of car-free streets from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Summer Streets takes you from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park. There are a total of five rest stops throughout the seven miles of fun activities. Summer Streets is open to all ages with activities ranging from fitness classes, a doggy agility course, arts and crafts, stage performances, and walking tours. This year, the Department of Transportation teamed up with Culture NOW to create self-guided public art and architecture tours. For the adventurous New Yorkers, you can learn Parkour, ride the 160’ long and 30’ high zip-line, try a soccer class, and take a ride down a 270-foot long waterslide!
See below for a quick guide to the Summer Streets Rest Stops.
Foley Square Rest Stop
Here you can find Slide the City and take a ride down the 270-foot long slip and slide. Vita Coco will have lounge chairs beneath palm trees, virtual technology to transport you to a beach, and a cool off misting station! The zip line will be located on Leonard Street between Lafayette Street and Centre Street. There will also be soccer activities and historical re-enactors!
Soho Rest Stop
Feel like hitting the gym? Take some fitness classes sponsored by Crunch at the Soho Rest Stop! They’ll have classes like yoga, barre, and boot camps throughout the morning. Don’t forget to bring your own yoga mat. Or stop by to pick up a free bike rental, get a bike repair, and a sample of Honest Tea! The Water Alliance will have a table to discuss and inform every one of ways to protect our waterfront.
Astor Place Rest Stop
Astor Place is the stop for you if you have your four-legged friends with you or if you want to participate in arts and crafts activities! The art and architecture tours are also based at this stop.
Midtown Rest Stop
The Midtown Rest stop will have free rollerblade and bike rentals as well as free food samples at the Whole Foods Market Summer Camp. You can even get your own DOT helmet fitted!
Uptown Rest Stop
The Uptown Rest Stop will have postcard decorating, parkour fitness demonstrations, stage performances, free bike rentals, face painting, tie-dying activities and much more!
Go get to know New York City in a new way and walk some streets you haven’t explored yet! Pedestrians will be taking over Park Avenue and we hope to see you there !