Activities at Summer Streets

Activities at Summer Streets

We are excited to announce a variety of new activities for Summer Streets 2015. Download the 2015 Event Guide for a taste of this year's event!

Foley Square Rest Stop
SoHo Rest Stop
Astor Place Rest Stop
Midtown Rest Stop
Uptown Rest Stop

Foley Square Rest Stop

Vita Coco Beach featuring Slide the City

Visit Vita Coco Beach at Foley Square to slide down a 270-foot water slide, relax in a lounge chair underneath palm trees, quench your thirst with a refreshing Vita Coco Coconut Water beverage, transport yourself to a beach using virtual technology or cool off at a misting station. Don’t forget to share your free photo to document your Slide the City presented by Vita Coco experience.
Online pre-registration is required to ride the slide. There is no registration onsite.  To register and for further information, please visit the Slide the City website.

FAQ

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where is Slide the City located?
Slide the City will be part of the Vita Coco Beach at Summer Streets, located at Foley Square, at the intersection of Centre Street & Lafayette Street.

When can I register to slide on each Summer Streets Saturday?
Registration for August 1 opens on July 23.
Registration for August 8 opens on August 3.
Registration for August 15 opens on August 10.

What time does Slide the City start and end?
Slide the City runs from 7 am – 1 pm with registration available for each hour. Riders must be present for 30 minutes before their scheduled timeslot. The last time slot is from 12 pm – 1 pm. Riders cannot enter the line queue after 12:30 pm.

What if I am no longer able to attend?
Unfortunately, you are unable to transfer your registration to another person.

REGISTRATION

How much does it cost to participate?
Rides at Summer Streets are FREE thanks to Vita Coco Coconut Water!

SLIDING

Is there an age or height limit?
All who are over 46 inches tall and 5 years or older are invited to slide, but remember if you’re under 18, you’ll need to get a sign off from your parents.

Is the slide wheelchair/handicap accessible?
Unfortunately, no.

Do I need a tube to slide?
All participants are required to slide on the inflatable tubes provided by Vita Coco.

What do I wear?
All participants must wear appropriate attire such as: bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts, cover-ups at all times. No jeans or clothing with rivets allowed.

What do I bring with me?
Make sure you bring your printed e-ticket. Please limit your personal belongings. There are NO LOCKERS or places for storage so plan to bring a friend who can hold your belongings, or leave them at home! The City of New York and Slide the City are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Can my child ride with me?
For safety reasons, all children must ride on their own tube; but we do have a lane just for kids and their parents.

SLIDE RULES
  • All participants must sign a safety and photo waiver before entering the slide.
  • All participants must be over 46” tall.
  • All participants must be at least 5 years of age at time of ride.
  • All participants must wear appropriate attire such as: bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts, cover-ups at all times. No jeans or clothing with rivets allowed.
  • Flip flops or water shoes are recommended but all shoes must be held while riding the slide.
  • No person having any contagious disease or infectious condition such as: sores or inflamed eyes, a cold, nasal or ear discharge, cuts, boils or other evident skin or other bodily infection shall enter the slide.
  • Urinating, expectorating or blowing the nose, or allowing human waste is prohibited.
  • No running is allowed on the line queue, slide, ramp or at the bottom of the slide at anytime.
  • No pets allowed on the slide.
  • No glass permitted on the slide.
  • No person under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting erratic behavior shall enter the slide.
  • Keep your hands inside of the lanes.
  • Unsupervised use by children is prohibited.
  • Follow the instructions of the attendant or lifeguard.
  • No standing, kneeling, rotating, chain-riding, or stopping in lanes.
  • Sliding shall be performed only in a feet-first position.
  • Emergency telephone number for police, fire, and hospital is 911.
Restricted Items on the Slide:
  • Sharp objects
  • Denim and clothing with rivets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Cell phones/electronics
Zipline
The 165'-long, 30’-high zipline will return to Summer Streets this year and will be positioned at a new location on Leonard Street between Lafayette Street and Centre Street.

Zipline Line Participant Information
  • Zip Line is first come, first served.
  • Individuals must weigh between 50 – 250lbs to participate.
  • Participants must sign a safety and photo waiver to participate.
  • Participants must register for a timeslot at the Foley Square Rest Stop and are encouraged to arrive before 8 am to obtain a slot.
  • Colored bracelets are distributed to denote the registered timeslot.
  • Bracelets are only good on the date and time indicated.
  • You must check-in within the first 15 minutes of your timeslot.

ICY SIGNS by Steve ESPO Powers
For the month of August, “ICY SIGNS,” a temporary public art signage project, will be presented on street light poles along the Summer Streets route. Inspired by traditional hand-painted signs, artist Steve Powers’ installation aims to resurrect the common sign and highlight its importance as a tool to guide us through the hectic world around us. For more information, ICY SIGNS (pdf).

The Mantises are Flipping W.3 (26 Federal Plaza) by Teresa Fellion Dance Company (Saturday, August 15: 10 am – 10:45 am, 11:05 am – 11:50 am and 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm)
Conceived by choreographer and dancer Teresa Fellion, The Mantises are Flipping (26 Federal Plaza) is an engaging movement and sound installation presented adjacent to the Foley Square Rest Stop within 26 Federal Plaza. This participatory performance allows Summer Streets participants to engage with the surrounding environment in a unique, fresh way. Audience members will be guided through the performance as dancers react to the participants’ movement accompanied by live music. For more information, The Mantises are Flipping (26 Federal Plaza) (pdf).

NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital Soccer Zone
Stop by the NewYork-Presbyterian Soccer Zone sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital in collaboration with Weill Cornell Physicians to participate in either Freestyle or Power Soccer. On August 15, Summer Streets participants can join professional soccer players for interactive performances at Foley Square courtesy of the New York City Football Club sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian

Free Style Soccer with NYC Flo
Learn tricks from professional freestyle soccer players, participate in a 20 minute street soccer game or watch a performance by well-known freestyle soccer players Frankie Flo and Spinny Vinny all organized through NYC Flo.

Power Soccer with Wheeling Forward
Wheeling Forward will offer disabled persons the opportunity to participate in 20-30 minute training sessions and live games, or watch an exhibition of practicing power soccer teams from the United States Power Soccer Association. Non-disabled individuals are also invited to participate in the sessions with loaner power wheelchairs available to the public. On the third Saturday of Summer Streets, August 15th, join professional soccer players for interactive performances courtesy of the New York City Football Club.

Historical Reenactors
Ben Franklin will be meandering around Foley Square along with Flora from the Mount Vernon House Museum. Be sure to chat with them and grab a photo!

SoHo Rest Stop

Fitness Classes Come stretch, jump, kick and get your heart rate up at free fitness classes with Crunch gym. *Crunch will provide 20 yoga mats for all yoga classes but we encourage you to bring one from home.

Time August 1st, 8th, and 15th Information
7:00 am – 7:30 am Sunrise Salutations Rise and shine, morning glory and wake up to the power of the sun. Skip the caffeine and jump-start your day with a class that builds strength and flexibility with every pose.
7:30 am – 8:00 am Strength and Alignment Create a leaner, stronger flexible body using classic sculpting and stretching techniques.
8:00 am – 8:30 am Barre Assets Drawing its inspiration from ballet, this class will shape and elongate all of your major muscle groups and have you tutu ready in no time.
8:30 am – 9:00 am Balanced Body Yoga Bring yourself back to center in this yoga class designed to improve your posture, increase strength and tone your core. Regain focus as you build strength through yoga balance poses and deep breathing techniques.
9:00 am – 9:30 am Brazilian Burn n’Firm Pilates This unique Pilates inspired workout will shimmy your waistline and tighten your boom boom by combining Pilates-inspired standing moves and traditional Pilates mat exercises on the floor.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Yoga Unplugged In this class, the element of live acoustic music sets the stage as you move and flow through your yoga practice. Let the sound of soft acoustics soothe, relax, and inspire the heart, mind, and body.
10:00 am – 10:30 am Street Jazz The stage meets the street in this unique dance fusion class. Traditional jazz technique is combined with urban, rock, pop, and hip hop flavors for a non-stop workout that’s not just all that jazz.
10:30 am – 11:00 am Belly, But and Thighs Bootcamp Focus on your lower half in this belly-busting, booty shaping, two-part intensive class that features a series of exercise combinations that target, you guessed it - your belly, butt, and thighs.
11:00 am – 11:30 am Hard Knocks This ultimate "in your face" cardio workout fuses the hard hitting power of boxing with the booty dropping swagger of hip hop for one knockout dance party!

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Retro-Robics It's a blast from the past! Work up a sweat with a touch of nostalgia in this heart-pumping, traditional aerobics class. This time around, legwarmers are optional!

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Tabura Get ready to burn massive calories and become a true powerhouse warrior in this intensely fun class that uses kickboxing combinations and basic West African dance moves set to hot Tribal House music and a live drummer.
Free Bike Repair by Bicycle Habitat

Bike & Roll Bike Rental
Bike & Roll will provide free bike rentals. A total of 50 bikes will be available at the rest stop.

Self-Bike Parking
Self-park your bicycle and walk around the SoHo Rest Stop.

Honest Tea
Visit the Honest Tea tent to receive free samples of their delicious tea.

Waterfront Alliance Table
Stop by the Waterfront Alliance’s table to learn how to protect, transform and revitalize our harbor and waterfront in New York City.

Astor Place Rest Stop

American Kennel Club Dog Park
Bring your furry friends to the American Kennel Club Dog Park located at Astor Place for a chance to make new friends and play with fellow dogs of New York! Dogs are invited to roll around on a grassy knoll, splash around in small pools, play within a 100 square foot dog park or try an agility course alongside their owners. Owners can commemorate their experience with their pup by taking a trip to the WOOFtale photo booth and getting helpful tips on responsible dog ownership as well as free gifts. All rules that apply to the Department of Parks & Recreation’s dog parks apply to the AKC Dog Park. Visit for a wagging good time!

American Kennel Club Dog Park Rules
  • Monitor, control, and accompany your dog at all times.
  • No dogs in heat. Closely monitor non-neutered males as other males may react aggressively toward them.
  • Prong, choke, and spike collars may not be worn.
  • Dogs involved in a fight must leave the area until all parties calm down.
  • Discourage barking, especially early morning.
  • Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated against rabies, and free from all communicable diseases.
  • Use caution when bringing food into the area. No glass containers allowed.

Department of Design and Construction Arts & Crafts Workshop
Learn about the New York City Department of Design and Construction's “East Side Coastal Resiliency Project” and see models by project architect Bjarke Ingels Group.  Summer Street participants are invited to engage with the topic of waterfront use and access through multiple senses. Test your Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Architecture and Math knowledge for the chance to win prizes as you spin the Wheel of STEAM and help create a mural to be displayed on a construction site!

Therapeutic Arts by Wheeling Forward
Wheeling Forward will present three different therapeutic art activities, painting, sculpting and crafting, for adults and children to enjoy!

Hand-cycle Demonstration
Test out a hand-cycle on an organized bike circuit around Cooper Square at Astor Place and voice your opinion about the experience, which will contribute to the possible development of a citywide hand-cycle initiative in the future.  Participants will be able to test our model, high profile prototype, which allows for easy transfers between a wheelchair and the hand-cycle. People of all abilities are encouraged to join and take a hand-cycle for a ride.  There are weight and height limitations for this activity. We ask that all interested parties be able to independently transfer on and off the hand-cycle.

Architectural and Public Art Self-Guided Walking Tours in partnership with CultureNOW
Summer Streets participants can pick up two different maps or download the Culture Now app called CultureNOW’s Guidebook to the Museum Without Walls to learn more about the public art and architectural gems located along the Summer Streets route. Participants can discover the unique buildings and public art that are nestled on Park Avenue from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge on foot, while listening to podcasts by well-known architects and artists.

Timed Guided Walking Tour Information
Explore the art and architecture of Park Avenue and beyond, alongside seasoned art and architectural historians, on timed, guided walking tours, which start at various rest stops during the three day event. All tours are available on a first come, first served basis. In order to participate, follow the links below to reserve a spot in advance. Each tour can accommodate a maximum of 30 participants; therefore, only individuals who sign up will be allowed to participate on the tours.

Municipal Art Society Tours
Since 1956, experts in New York City's architecture, art, urban history, preservation, geography, neighborhoods and street life have led acclaimed walking tours throughout the city-from Harlem to Red Hook and everywhere in-between. Join MAS tours to explore buildings, parks, art and the neighborhoods that make New York, New York. Unless otherwise noted, most tours last approximately two hours and proceed rain or shine.

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First Saturday

Saturday, August 1st, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jean Arrington, City Beautiful and Benevolent: Gramercy Park to Stuyvesant Square
Meeting Location:
Midtown Rest Stop, NW corner of 24th Street and Park Avenue
A single block along the south side of East 23rd Street has four thrift resale shops that support humanitarian causes and this unique cluster is the hold-over of a long history of humanitarian initiatives located in this area. Join MAS as you explore several grand, turn-of-the-20th-Century headquarters of such organizations as the Russell Safe Foundation and the Charity Organization Society. The tour will examine a Carnegie branch library, a Quaker school, and two former vocational schools for girls, both started by philanthropic efforts and then made part of the public school system. You will experience, within the bustling capitalism of our city, this oasis of concern for all.
Reserve your spot for Midtown’s City Beautiful and Benevolent.

Second Saturday

Saturday, August 8th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Alan M. Engler, Mansions, Money and Scandal: Gilded Age Splendor on the Upper East Side
Meeting Location:
Uptown Rest Stop, NW corner of 68th Street and Park Avenue
Residential architecture of the Gilded Age is probably better represented in the area covered on this tour than anywhere else in New York. Join MAS for an informative and entertaining walk focusing on the history and architecture – and scandals– of New York in the Gilded Age. See how names like Frick, Vanderbilt, Richard Morris Hunt and McKim, Mead and White have left their mark in this neighborhood. From Huguette Clark, to the crime of the century, see what you’ve been missing when you walk through these streets.
Reserve your spot for, Mansions, Money and Scandal.

Third Saturday

Saturday, August 15th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Deborah Zelcer, Decked Out on Park Avenue: Period Lobbies and New York Glamour
Meeting Location: Uptown Rest Stop, SE corner of 51st Street and Park Avenue
Step off the sidewalk and back in time to the glamorous thirties and before. Explore the backdrop of romantic and high living ears in New York history by joining MAS to view magnificent period lobbies in landmarked buildings like the Waldorf Astoria, the former NYC Central Railroad Headquarters Building (Helmsley Palace), the Villard Houses, and the Fred F. French Building, culminating with the magnificent Main Concourse in Grand Central Terminal.
Reserve your spot for Decked Out on Park Avenue.

AIA New York
The American Institute of Architects runs a varied program of architectural tours for helping people
understand and appreciate the built environment of New York City. The tours include both walks
that highlight some of the more architecturally interesting neighborhoods and boat tours that show
the city’s relationship to its edge.   As an organization of current practitioners, the AIA pays
particular attention to modern and contemporary architecture.

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Second Saturday

Saturday, August 8th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Joseph Lengeling, Between the Clocks: The Architecture of Park Avenue South (AIA)
Meeting Location:
Meet at the SW corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue under the arcade of the Philip Morris Building. Joseph will be wearing his signature red AIA baseball cap.
Between the exuberant clock on the façade of Grand Central Terminal to the modern interpretation of time on the façade at the terminus of Park Avenue South lies an encyclopedia of the architecture of New York City. James Renwick Jr. and Stanford White prominently represent the 19th Century, while projects by Cass Gilbert, Ely Jacques Kahn and Harvey Wiley Corbett ushered in the first forty years of the 20th Century. Contemproary work by Ulright Franzen, Ennead Architects, Michael Graves, Renzo Piano, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Christian de Port zamparc, Gwathmey Siegel, David Brody Bond, and SOM are featured on this corridor that will also include some adjacent blocks. Urban and architectural issues will be discussed including zoning, the Manhattan grid, bonus plazas, Class A and Class B office buildings, and façade organizing principles. Visit AIA to reserve a spot.

Third Saturday

Saturday, August 15th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Joseph Lengeling, Between the Clocks: The Architecture of Park Avenue South (AIA)
Meeting Location:
Meet at the SW corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue under the arcade of the Philip Morris Building. Joseph will be wearing his signature red AIA baseball cap.
Between the exuberant clock on the façade of Grand Central Terminal to the modern interpretation of time on the façade at the terminus of Park Avenue South lies an encyclopedia of the architecture of New York City. James Renwick Jr. and Stanford White prominently represent the 19th Century while projects by Cass Gilbert, Ely Jacques Kahn and Harvey Wiley Corbett ushered in the first forty years of the 20th Century. Contemporary work by Ulright Franzen, Ennead Architects, Michael Graves, Renzo Piano, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Christian de Port zamparc, Gwathmey Siegel, David Brody Bond, and SOM are featured on this corridor that will also include some adjacent blocks. Urban and architectural issues will be discussed including zoning, the Manhattan grid, bonus plazas, Class A and Class B office buildings, and façade organizing principles. Visit AIA to reserve a spot.

Midtown Rest Stop

Whole Foods Market Summer Camp

Stop by the Whole Foods Market Summer Camp for yummy samples! The following vendors have confirmed participation at this year's Whole Foods activation: Whole Foods, Daiya, Applegate, Nature’s Path, Organic Valley, Cabot, Stonyfield, Nuun, Honest Tea, Clif and Vita Coco. Each vendor will offer free samples throughout the day.

CitiBike Information & Education

Learn more about the CitiBike Program and become a member today!

Learn to Ride Classes for Kids and Adults by Bike New York

Free Bike Repair by 5 Borough Bike Club

DOT Helmet Fittings

Over the course of three weekends, DOT Safety Education plans to fit between 3,000 and 5,000 helmets. Stop by for your free helmet!

Bike Rental
Bike and Roll will provide free bike rentals. A total of 50 bikes will be available at this rest stop.

Rollerblade Rental and Repair by Rollerblade
Rollerblade will provide free rollerblade rentals at the rest stop.

Workshops/Demonstrations
The following nonprofit organizations are scheduled to present unique, interactive arts and crafts workshops on August 1st: Poets House and the Department of Cultural Affair’s Materials for the Arts. On all 3 Summer Streets Saturdays, Come Out & Play will offer fun participatory games for kids.

Stage Performances*
A diverse spread of musical, theatrical and dance performances will take place at this stage.

Time August 1st August 8th August 15th

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Demonstration by Taoist Tai Chi Society

Demonstration by Taoist Tai Chi Society

Demonstration by Taoist Tai Chi Society

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Demonstration by Bryant Park Jugglers

Musical Performance by Harmony Program

Musical Performance by Strung Out String Band

10:30 am -11:00 am

Demonstration by PopFit Kids

Musical Performance by Mecca Bodega

Theatrical Performance by Cupcake Ladies Productions

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Musical Performance by Opera Collective

Dance Performance by Salsa NY

Dance Performance by Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theatre, Inc.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Dance Performance by Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori

Musical Performance by Rhythmic Impulse at NYU

Dance Performance by Darrah Carr Dance

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Musical Performance by Music With a Message (MWAM)

Dance Performance by Art of Stepping

Dance Performance by Exit 12 Dance Group

Uptown Rest Stop

DOT Safety Zone
The DOT Safety Zone will host a variety of educational activities about shared streets and will feature the popular Truck’s Eye View, in which children and adults can climb into a parked truck to experience a truck driver’s perspective on the roadway. Visit all of the activities to have your passport stamped.

The Postcard Project by Connie Perry
Members of the public are invited to decorate postcards and express their thoughts and feelings about their Summer Streets experience addressed to the City of New York, the Mayor, Summer Streets or friends and family. After finishing their postcard, participants can choose to display it on a clothesline or take it home as a keepsake. Organized in partnership with Chashama. Thanks to Rudin Management for use of their plaza. For more information, The Postcard (pdf).

Parkour Fitness Demonstrations
The Movement Creative will provide demonstrations on using our streets and the surrounding infrastructure as spaces for healthy exercise and fitness.

Recycle-a-Bicycle Photo booth
Recycle-a-Bicycle, in partnership with Bicycle Utopia, invite you to take a picture at their photo booth with your bicycle. See where you and your bike can “travel” in front of fun, playful backdrops!

Serious Fun Children’s Network Workshop
Stop by the Serious Fun Children’s Network tent to have your face painted or tie-dye a bandana!

Row NY Demonstration (*August 15th ONLY)
Test out your rowing skills on an erg machine and learn about the Row NY program.

DOT Adopt-a-Highway Table
Visit the table to learn how to get involved with the DOT Adopt-a-Highway program and receive fun giveaways such as: drawstring bags, tumblers and key chains.

Central Park Sightseeing Bike Rental
Central Park Sightseeing will also provide free bike rentals. A total of 20 bikes will be available at the rest stop.

Bike & Roll Bike Rental
Bike & Roll will provide free bike rental. A total of 50 bikes will be available at the rest stop.

Bike MS Table
Stop by the Bike MS table to learn how to get involved in Bike MS events.

New York Foundling Table
Learn how to become a foster parent, adopt a child in need or get involved with NY Foundling.

Bronx Museum of the Arts: Arts & Crafts with Artist Educators  
Swing by the Bronx Museum’s tent to learn how to craft a button.

Stage Performances*
A diverse spread of musical, theatrical and dance performances will take place at this stage.

Time

August 1st

August 8th

August 15th

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Musical Performance By Orin Kurtz

Musical Performance by Eliano Braz Violin

Musical Performance by Salieu Suso and Malang Jobateh

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Musical Performance By Seventh Heaven Barber Shop

Musical Performance by Sirens of Gotham

Musical Performance by Washington Square Winds

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Musical Performance by NYC Subway Girl

Musical Performance by The Poor Cousins

Musical Performance by New York Violinist

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Musical Performance by Han Chung Eun

Musical Performance by Robert Anderson Band

Musical Performance by Luellen Abdoo

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Musical Performance by The Afro-Latineers

Musical Performance by Afrikumba Utibe Drummers

Musical Performance by Galdort Gumbo

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Comedic Performance by NY Laughs

Musical Performance by The Good Morning Nags

Musical Performance by Karikatura Street Band

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Dance Performance by Dancing Classrooms

Musical Performance by Underground Horns

Dance Performance by Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance (Irish Arts Center)

*Performances subject to change
*Performers participating on August 8th are from the roster of the MTA Arts for Transit Music Under New York (MUNY) program.