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:
1. Uptown – 52nd Street and Park Avenue
Last year’s Summer Streets. Image via streetsblog.org
Summer Streets’ uptown rest stop features a number of activities courtesy of the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), which organizes the event every year. The area will feature a parkour fitness demonstration, bike rental, a DOT-sponsored safety zone featuring the Truck’s-Eye-View roadway simulation and an Adopt-a-Highway booth, a Bronx Museum of the Arts crafts table, and various performances from local dance troupes, bands, comedy groups, and musicians.
The uptown rest stop will also two walking architecture and history tours from the Municipal Art Society on the second and third Saturdays, ‘Mansions, Money and Scandal: Gilded Age Splendor on the Upper East Side‘ and ‘Decked Out on Park Avenue: Period Lobbies and New York Glamour‘