It is not secret or a surprise that New York City is short on space. But for 18 hours spread across 3 Saturday mornings there is a little bit more space for us to enjoy. Summer Streets is a wonderful program run by the DOT  that celebrates our most valued and used public spaces, our streets.

I ran across Summer Streets unexpectedly last Saturday. My friends and I braved the heat and beating sun as we walked down Park Ave from 47th to 28th Street for brunch. Like a bunch of tourists we snapped photos on our phones as we walked. How often can you walk down the middle of Park Avenue without worrying about a taxi plowing you down at any second? Despite the heat it was a wonderful walk, and something I will remember for a long time. My favorite part was walking in the viaduct that runs through the Helmsley Building.

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Dear Readers,

On August 11, 2011 I posted my first Untapped Cities column. I can’t believe it’s been a year and 43 columns already! Thank you so much for embracing my work and continuing to check out my creations every week. You have helped make this past year unforgettable.

Bernadette Moke
aka the Downtown Doodler