On any given day, Park Avenue is just a swarm of taxis, bikes, and construction. But for the month of August, Park Avenue will be the new summer hotspot thanks to Summer Streets.
For the past 9 years, the DOT has been closing off nearly seven miles of NYC’s busy streets to vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to partake in a variety of summer festivities. This year is no different, with tons of food, activities, and entertainment for summer enthusiasts of all ages.
Starting this Saturday, August 1, Lafayette Street and Park Avenue will turn into one giant pedestrian walkway. From Brooklyn Bridge all the way up to Central Park, you can walk, jog, or bike the streets freely without having to worry about dodging traffic.
There are five rest stops at different neighborhoods throughout the festival route, each offering free water refill stations and tons of cool things to do. Here’s the full list of rest stops:
1. Foley Square Rest Stop (Lower Manhattan)
A few months ago, it was rumored that a 1,000 foot water slide was making its way to New York City. (Un)fortunately, this rumor was partially true.
Thanks to Slide the City and Vita CoCo, there will be a 270 foot water slide at the Foley Street Rest Stop, a.k.a. Vita CoCo Beach. This stop is a 15 minute walk from our adventure-seeking residents at 45 Wall Street and 2 Gold Street.
While the slide is free, each person is allowed to ride it only once and needs to register in advance online. Registration for this Saturday’s water slide is already closed, but you can still sign up for the August 8th slide starting August 3rd, and for the August 15th slide starting on August 10th.
2. SoHo Rest Stop (East Village)
If you’re looking for new ways to build up a sweat this summer, pass through SoHo and try a free outdoor group exercise class. Crunch Gym is offering a variety of fitness classes for all expertise levels, including yoga, dance, cardio, and pilates.
3. Astor Place Rest Stop (West Village)
Dogs love exploring the city streets with you, but can’t always handle the heat. That’s why the American Kennel Club is setting up a dog park complete with small swimming pools, drinking stations, and plenty of grass to roll around in. Our furry, four-legged residents at the West Coast can drag their humans there in just 20 minutes!
If you don’t have a dog, there are a couple of other interesting things to check out at the West Village stop. The Department of Design and Construction will have arts and crafts tables, as well as workshops and guided tours.
4. Midtown Rest Stop (Midtown East)
All that sliding, exercise, and dog-walking can make you hungry. Thankfully, Whole Foods Summer Camp will be serving samples of their delicious goodies at the Midtown Rest Stop, just a 15 minute walk from our Plaza East building.
If you’re not hungry, you can pop in on a stage performance from Taoist Tai Chi Society, the Bryant Park Jugglers, the Opera Collective, and more. There will also be several workshops from non-profit organizations, as well as a safety presentation and helmet fitting from Citi Bike.
5. Uptown Rest Stop (Upper East Side)
The Upper East Side rest stop has something for everyone, including more stage performances, arts and crafts, and bike rentals. Plus, it’s only a 20 minute walk for our Fairfax residents!
Summer is an excellent excuse to get out and explore the city. The car-less streets, free food, and free activities just sweeten the deal.
Summer Streets will be held Saturday, August 1st, 8th, and 15th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a full list of vendors, performance/fitness class schedules, safety regulations, and workshops, check out the Summer Streets website.