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Tucked into a small industrial park on the western side of the McGraw-Hill Building is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, a waterfall doubling as a pathway due to the plate-glass tube running through it that allows the water to fall around passersby. It was added to the park sometime after the park was built in 1970.
Summer is coming to the streets. Expect free slides, zip lines, food, music, and unbelievable traffic jams. For three Saturdays throughout the month of August, seven miles of New York City’s streets from Central Park down Park Avenue and Lafayette Street will become Summer Streets, an annual day festival where jay walking is not only allowed but encouraged. With almost 80 blocks of the city closed from 7 am to 1 pm on August 1st, 8th, and 15th, you’ll be free to walk around, explore the streets, and take part in a pretty unconventional New York summer. There are five rest stops along the way, complete with activities, games, and attractions. Here’s what to expect:
Photo via National Lighthouse Museum
The National Lighthouse Museum, just a few minutes walk from the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island will have its grand opening on August 7th, as recently reported by The New York Times. But what may be most fascinating to our readers, beyond the new museum, which had a soft launch last year and is already open to visitors is the history behind the site, a former quarantine station, and the abandoned buildings that can still be seen. In fact, the National Lighthouse Museum is the smallest building in the complex, in a foundry that once was part of the U.S. Light-House Establishment.
Two years ago, New York City took a fair step forward into the Green Age with these trashcans that today, are probably no less common than a taxi or a street lamp. While a few conventional trashcans (as in, ones that don’t run on solar power and automatically compact their trash as the day goes on) remain scattered around the city, these Bigbelly solar trashcans are everywhere. To date, the company has placed hundreds in New York and plenty more in cities nationwide. Able to hold five times the capacity of any run-of-the-mill trashcan, they’ve helped clear thousands of pounds of trash produced by the city each day.
As if that weren’t enough, some of these Bigbelly trash cans are functioning as free wi-fi hotspots. Announced only a few days ago, Bigbelly Solar, the company behind the trashcans, has teamed up with NYC’s Downtown Alliance to repurpose the trashcan’s existing wireless link to include wi-fi capabilities.
The Subway by adritwn
One thing New York City is known for is its transportation, sometimes a welcome blessing, other times (especially this summer) a harrowing journey into 100-degree heat and close contact with strangers. This week, we looked for our favorite shots of the city’s transportation (missing: ferries!). To be featured in our weekly ‘Best Of’ Column, hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter. You can also keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.