New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg today announced the return of Summer Streets, Weekend Walks and extended car-free hours in Central Park. Summer Streets will take place on August 2, 9 and 16 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Last year, 300,000 people attended Summer Streets. This year’s event features a new, interactive sound installation inside the Park Avenue tunnel and hundreds of family-friendly activities along the entire route, which extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park in Manhattan.
DOT is also partnering with 30 community groups to present Weekend Walks citywide. These community-requested temporary pedestrian streets offer local programming that can include everything from dance performances to workshops to arts and crafts. Weekend Walks have already taken place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Louis Niñe Boulevard in the Bronx. The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Boogie on the Boulevard, for example, takes place on Aug. 3, 10 and 17 along a section of the Grand Concourse. Sunnyside Shines is hosting Sunnyside Strolls July 26 and the first three Saturdays in August.
“Seven miles of streets open this summer with activities that let New Yorkers and visitors see buildings, landmarks and art from new perspectives,” said Commissioner Trottenberg. “Together with Summer Streets, Weekend Walks and Central Park’s extended car-free hours, there are a range of opportunities to walk, bike and explore neighborhoods throughout the city.”
Commissioner Trottenberg also announced the return of extended car-free hours on Central Park’s Drives north of 72nd Street beginning the morning of Fri., June 27, through Labor Day. During this period, the north-south drives will remain open exclusively to pedestrians and bike riders. The Park’s transverse roads will remain open to crosstown traffic, as will the park drives south of 72nd Street according to their current schedules.
This year’s Summer Streets architectural walking tour is produced with Culture Now. It features timed tours and meet-and-greets with historians at architectural landmarks. There will also be a new tour highlighting historical monuments and contemporary art along the route.
Summer Streets also features a new sound installation in the Park Avenue tunnel this year. “Dive” by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen will create eight different immersive soundscapes in the tunnel that use recordings from shallow to deep underwater environments in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Canada, USA, Thailand, the Caribbean and areas of the Pacific.
New York City’s signature summertime event will again offer the popular 165-foot-long, 25-foot-high zip line at the Foley Square Rest Stop. The 25-foot-tall REI rock climbing wall at the Soho Rest Stop and the Whole Foods City Picnic area at the Midtown Rest Stop will return as will “Course of Emotions,” a nine-hole miniature-golf course by artist Risa Puno at the Uptown Rest Stop.
There also are a number of new activities, including a sound series with unique site-responsive musical performances each weekend. One newcomer is “Trumpet City: Park Avenue.” Musician Craig Shepard will position 91 trumpeters along Park Avenue between 45th-72nd streets on Aug. 2 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for a unique sound performance. Each block will feature up to four trumpet players playing Shepard’s original composition in sync. Risa Puno and trumpeters Craig Shepard, Eric Biondo, Stephanie Richards and Phil Rodriguez joined the Commissioner for the announcement at 51st Street and Park Avenue.
DOT also will provide free bike helmets for adults and children at the Midtown Rest Stop, to encourage safe biking habits. The agency is also hosting a Safety Zone, which features the popular “Truck’s Eye View” and other safety education activities. Children and adults are invited to speak with instructors, climb into a parked truck and gain first-hand knowledge of a truck driver’s view of the roadway. The activity teaches participants to avoid blind spots and give other tips to stay safe on the streets.
Various City agencies participate to make Summer Streets a success. This year, the Department of Parks & Recreation is offering its Shape Up program with free yoga and Pilates classes. The Department of Cultural Affairs’ Materials for the Arts will host arts and crafts workshops. The Department of Sanitation is leading workshops about recycling and composting, while the Department of Environmental Protection’s “Water-On-The-Go” program will be supplying mobile drinking fountains along the route. The Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management, NYPD and FDNY also support this effort.
Upcoming Weekend Walks Events 2014
- Bronx Summer Fest on the Boulevard: Louis Niñe Boulevard between Southern Boulevard and Jennings Street; June 7 and 14, noon – 4 pm , June 21, 4 – 8pm (Saturdays). Hosted by WHEDco.
- Circle the Square: Lane Avenue between East Tremont Avenue and Westchester Avenue; June 14, 21 (Saturdays) 7 pm – 9:30 pm . Hosted by Westchester Square BID
- Bronx Summer Walks on Burnside Avenue: West Burnside Avenue between Davidson and Jerome Avenues; July 19, 26 and August 2 (Saturdays) noon – 5:30 pm. Hosted by Davidson Community Center
- 204th Street Summer Festival: East 204th Street between Bainbridge and Decatur Avenues; July 27, August 3 (Sundays) noon – 5 pm. Hosted by Bronx Community Board 7
- Boogie on the Boulevard: Grand Concourse between 165th Street and 167th Street; August 3, 10, 17 (Sundays) 10 am – 2 pm. Hosted by Bronx Museum of the Arts
- Pelham Bay Merchants Association Weekend Walk: Buhre Avenue between Crosby and Jarvis Avenues; August 3, 10, 17 (Sundays) 10 am – 2 pm. Hosted by The Pelham Bay Merchants Association
- Williamsburg Walks: Bedford Avenue between Metropolitan Avenue and North 12th Street; June 14 (Saturday) at 2 pm – 7 pm. Hosted by Triskelion Arts
- Pitkin Avenue Summer Plaza: Pitkin Avenue between Strauss and Amboy Streets; June 15 and 22 (Sundays), 11 am – 5 pm, June 27 (Friday), 6 pm – 9 pm. Hosted by Pitkin Avenue District Management Association (Pitkin Avenue BID)
- Grand Street Block Party: Grand Street between Bushwick and Manhattan Avenues; June 21, 28 (Saturdays) at 2 pm – 8 pm. Hosted by Grand Street BID.
- Summer Stroll, 80th – 90th Streets: Third Avenue between Bay Ridge Avenue and 90th Street; July 18, 25, August 8, 15 (Fridays) at 6 pm – 10 pm. Hosted by Merchants of Third Avenue.
- Flatbush Junction Community Weekend: Flatbush Avenue between Glenwood and Farragut Avenues; July 13 (Sunday) at 2 pm – 7 pm. Hosted by Flatbush Nostrand Junction BID.
- South Slope Weekend Walks: Fifth Avenue between 12th and 18th Streets; July 18, 25 (Fridays) at 5 pm – 9 pm. Hosted by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID.
- Seventh Avenue Summer: Seventh Avenue between 9th and 16th Streets; July 19th, 26th (Saturdays) at Noon – 5 pm. Hosted by the Park Slope Civic Council.
- TAMA Summer Fest Weekend Walks III: Tompkins Avenue between Hancock Street and Putnam Avenue; July 26, August 2 (Saturdays) at 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Hosted by Bridge Street Development Corporation.
- North Slope Weekend Walks: Fifth Avenue between Sterling Place and Dean Street; August 15, 22 (Fridays) at 5 pm – 9 pm. Hosted by Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID.
- Weekend Walks Community Street Fair: 16th Avenue between 42nd and 45th Streets; August 24 (Sunday) at 11 am – 4 pm. Hosted by Borough Park Jewish Community Council.
- Southside Connex: Havemeyer Street between South 4th and Grand Streets;
September 13, 20 (Saturdays) at Noon – 5 pm. Hosted by El Puente.
- Summer Space: Montague Street between Clinton and Hicks Streets; September 21 (Sundays) at noon – 5 pm. Hosted by Montague Street BID
- Summer Stroll, 69th-80th Streets: Third Avenue between 69th Street and 80th Street; August 9, August 16 (Fridays) at 6:00 pm–10:00 pm. Hosted by Merchants of Third Avenue.
- Chinatown BID Family Festival: Mott Street between Canal and Worth Streets; May 31, June 28 (Saturdays) at 1 pm – 5 pm. Hosted by the Chinatown Partnership.
- Summer Sundays in the Heights: Edward Morgan Place between West 156th and 157th Streets; June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Sundays) at 1 pm–5 pm. Hosted by the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH)
- Positively 8th Street: West 8th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues; June 14, 21 (Saturdays) at noon – 5 pm. Hosted by the Village Alliance.
- Hamilton Heights-Sugar Hill 4th Annual Cultural Festival: Hamilton Place between West 142nd and Amsterdam Avenue; June 21, 28 (Saturdays) at 11 am – 5 pm. Hosted by Harlem One Stop.
- Explore China Town Mid-Summer Festival: Mott Street from Canal to Worth Streets; July 13, 20 (Sundays) at 11 am to 4 pm. Hosted by the Chinatown Partnership.
- Bloomingdale Family Days: Amsterdam Avenue between West 106th and 110th Streets; September 7, 14, 21 (Sundays) at 11 am – 5 pm. Hosted by the Columbus Amsterdam BID.
- Sunnyside Strolls: 46th Street between Greenpoint Avenue and Queens Boulevard; July 26, August 2, 9, 16 (Saturdays) at 1 pm – 7 pm. Hosted by the Sunnyside Shines BID.
- Astoria Park Shore Fest: Shore Boulevard between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard; August 3, August 10, August 17 (Sundays) at 1 pm – 6:30 pm. Hosted by the Astoria Park Alliance.
- Bayside Village Sunday Stroll: Bell Boulevard between 39th and 41st Avenues; September 28 (Sunday) at noon – 5 pm. Hosted by the Bayside Village BID.
- Van Duzer Days: Van Duzer Street between Wright Street and Beach Street; July 12, July 19 (Saturdays) at noon–7:00 pm. Hosted by Staten Island Collaboration (SIcoLAB).
- Sticky Situation NYC & Skatedown at Castletown: Castleton Avenue between Davis and Oakland Avenue; July 5, July 12 (Saturdays) at Noon – 5 pm. Hosted by the Castleton Collective.