Hit the Streets: NYC Summer Streets

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 !


Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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