Enjoy New York without cars with Summer Streets

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One more year returns Summer Streets, one of the main summer festivals that are celebrated in New York and where, during three consecutive Saturdays in August, New Yorkers are allowed to enjoy one of the main avenues of the city, Park Avenue, and some Financial District streets without cars for a few hours, and where all kinds of activities are done so you can enjoy this day in Manhattan and play, run, walk or ride a bike, in an event that extends to long almost 7 miles.Chrysler Building

Where is Summer Streets celebrated?

Last year, more than 300.000 people enjoyed Summer Streets on the street. This year, in its twelfth edition, the days 3, 10 and 17 of August of 2019, of 7 of the morning to 1 of the afternoon, Park Avenue, Lafayette Street and the surrounding streets will be closed to motor vehicle traffic, forming a corridor that goes from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, almost 7 miles, where pedestrians, runners and cyclists can enjoy the city ​​without the danger of cars.

Areas of activities and rest

The Summer Streets organization has arranged six rest areas where we can enjoy all kinds of activities such as musical performances, yoga, street jazz or pilates while we rest from our walk or bike ride. They are located in the following points:

  • Uptown Rest Stop: East 52st Street & Park Avenue
  • Midtown Rest Stop: East 25th Street & Park Avenue and East 12th Street & Fourth Avenue
  • Astor Place Rest Stop: Astor Place & Lafayette Street
  • Soho Rest Stop: Spring & Lafayette Streets
  • Foley Square Rest Stop: Duane & Center Streets

The best events of the day

This year the main attraction, like last year, is to be able to jump in zip line, although this year they place it in the rest area of ​​Foley Square, in a zip line that goes between the streets Duane and Pearl and that you will be able to use without more than waiting in the queue that forms, although it is advisable to go before the 8 in the morning to make sure you have the time to go for the zip line. In Uptown they will set up for the first time an area specially designed for children from 2 to 12 years, which will surely delight the youngest at home.

The opportunity is also unique to be able to use without traffic the successful shared bike service in New York City, City Bike, and rent a bicycle to travel Park Avenue without the danger of cars. Other companies, such as Bike & Roll or Central Park Sightseeing Bike Rental also offer a free rental this day.

More information about Summer Streets

For more information on all scheduled activities these days, I recommend you visit the official website of Summer Streets, in English.