New York City Is Giving 7 Miles of Streets Back to Pedestrians and Cyclists in August
New York City will close nearly seven miles of streets in Manhattan for three Saturdays in August in the 12th annual “Summer Streets” celebration.
Visitors will be able to quickly zoom down the street without traffic, making it easier to explore the best of what New York City has to offer during the dog days of summer.
The days will see the streets taken over by vendors, events, cyclists and pedestrians. Organized rest stops throughout the seven-mile route will offer visitors the chance to practice yoga, climb a rock wall or join a dance party.
“Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation,” according to the city's website. Last year, more than 300,000 people took part in the celebration.
The celebration is also an excellent opportunity for photographers who want to shoot the urban landscape from the middle of the street without worrying about getting hit back traffic.
On Aug. 3, as part of the event, the city will attempt to break a Guinness World Record under the guidance of yogi Lara Heimann. Heimann is trying to break the record for the most number of people executing a handstand simultaneously. (The record is currently set at 399.)
The Summer Streets route extends from the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge all the way up to Central Park along Park Avenue and its connecting streets.
All Summer Streets activities are available free of charge (like the record-breaking attempt) but some may require pre-registration.
Summer Streets will take place on the first three Saturdays of August from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.