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Summer Streets NYC Will Once Again Ban Cars from 7 Miles of Manhattan in August

by , 07/05/13

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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.


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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.

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+ New York City Department of Transportation

Via  Arch Paper

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  1. timbambam July 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I can not believe that Summerstreets is going to happen again. This is one of the worse uses of overtime by the NYPD that I have seen. Every street corner has at least a couple police officers and on the major strret crossing you can see upward of 10 officers. A lot of the time you will see luetenants all standing around chatting or using thier smart phones. Volunteers are the people stopping traffic not the police.
    If you will remember Mayor Bloomberg cut back on street fairs because of overtime costs and than the same year he started Summerstreets. The other thing that is a joke about these 3 weekends of Summerstreets are said to be for all New Yorkers. How many people are really going tocome from Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx, and most of Brooklyn nust because Park Ave. is closed off to cars for a few hours. This is really something that benifits the people who live in Manhattan yet all of us tax payers have to foot the bill. Peole should boycott this event. We have Central Park for these types of activities.