NYC’s annual Summer Streets festival is returning once again this August to turn almost 7 miles of Manhattan into a car-less haven for pedestrians. Residents, visitors and tourists alike will get a rare chance to walk the streets of the city without fear of being run down by taxi cabs or cars. The event will also host a variety of performances, free bike rentals (and free helmets!), water stations, art and more.
Visitors will be able to enjoy dance performances, scale a rock wall, or explore the Park Avenue Tunnel (open for the first time to pedestrians). Last year, over 250,000 people participated in the open street affair that encouraged them to ditch their cars for a pair of walking shoes.
Several art installations will also be on display throughout the run of Summer Streets. Artist Rafael Lozano-Hammer will transform the Park Avenue Tunnel (stretching from 33rd to 40th Streets) into “The Voice Tunnel”. Rafael’s interactive light and sound installation will come alive when a pedestrian speaks into a special intercom at the center of the display, triggering a Morse-like code series of flashes throughout the tunnel.
For those seeking relief in the sweltering heat, the Uptown Rest Stop will feature the CoolStop prototype by Chat Travieso—a 10 foot recycled PVC water mister that connects to fire hydrants and provides a safe, efficient and fun alternative to cool off by a hydrant.
Designed for all ages, the activities will be hosted at six rest stops throughout the city at the following locations: Uptown Rest Stop, Park Avenue Tunnel, Midtown Rest Stop, Astor Place Rest Stop, Soho Rest Stop, and Foley Square Rest Stop.
Via Arch Paper
Images via Summer Streets Facebook