Activities at Summer Streets

Activities at Summer Streets

We are excited to announce a variety of new activities for Summer Streets 2014. Look for additional updates in the coming weeks as we complete the event schedule.

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

Uptown Rest Stop

DOT Safety Zone

DOT Safety Zone will host a variety of educational activities about shared streets.

PAWS and Play Dog Park

Bring your furry friends to the PAWS and Play Dog Park located on the east side of 52nd Street & Park Avenue for a chance to make new friends and play with fellow dogs of New York! All rules that apply to the Department of Parks & Recreation’s dog parks apply to the Summer Streets Dog Park. Visit for a wagging good time!

PAWS and Play 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.

The Course of Emotions: A mini-golf experience by Risa Puno

Artist Risa Puno will present an interactive 9-hole mini-golf course. Each hole presents a different emotional obstacle such as, worry or jealousy. Hidden within the cheery colors and plastic grass, visitors test their ability to handle precarious obstacles like, a seesaw platform or a par-40 maze that literally spells "Frustration." Handy scorecards categorize players based on their final scores under the following categories: "Like a Rock," "On the Brink" or "Total Basketcase."

Trumpet City: Park Avenue by Craig Shepard

Musician Craig Shepard will be joined by 91 trumpet players along Park Avenue between 45th Street and 72nd Street. Three to four trumpet players will be positioned on each city block. The musicians will play a one hour piece between the hours of 11:30 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday, August 2nd. The piece is a blanket of sound with a single melody made up of long tones perforated by silence. The music is designed to resonate together with the sounds of traffic, inviting people to enjoy the sounds they often pass by every day.

NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling

DSNY will be on-site to help the public learn about composting, waste prevention, clothing donation and electronics recycling, and will also offer fun activities for kids.

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's Shape Up Program

DPR will be on-site offering free yoga and fitness classes throughout the day.

Bike Rental

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

Athletes Club Challenge

Are you up to the challenge? Athletes Club will have be providing a fun and interactive way to earn a variety of different prizes.

Stage Performances*

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

Time August 2nd August 9th August 16th
9:00 am – 9 :30 am Salieu Suso and Malang Jobateh Bryant Park Jugglers
9:30 am - 10:00 am The Poor Cousins Caty Grier: NYC Subway Girl Bryant Park Jugglers
10:00 am – 10:30 am Yaz Band Leah Coloff Doonya
10:30 am – 11:00 am Mecca Bodega Taiwanese Drummers Matt Pana
11:00 am – 11:30 am Robert Anderson Band Charly amd Margaux Yung-Li Dance Company
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Bryant Park Jugglers Afrikumba Drummers The Vocalists
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Bryant Park Jugglers Karikatura Cupcake Ladies Productions
*Performances subject to change

Park Avenue Tunnel

Dive by Jana Winderen

Norwegian artist Jana Winderen will create a 7-block long immersive sound installation within the Park Avenue Tunnel using sounds recorded from shallow to deep underwater environments in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Canada, USA, Thailand, and most recently around the equator in the Caribbean and the Pacific. Ms. Winderen records sounds made by crustaceans, fish and mammals using sensitive hydrophones. She hopes to create a lively environment by producing sound pockets of different habitats that the public would experience as they ‘dive’ further into the tunnel.

Park Avenue Tunnel Information

We are excited to host "Dive" by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen within the Park Avenue Tunnel for Summer Streets 2014.

Here are a few helpful hints on planning your visit:

  • The Tunnel will OPEN at 7 am and CLOSE at 12:30 pm.
  • Summer Streets participants may only enter at the south end of the tunnel and exit at the north end of the tunnel.
  • Summer Streets participants must join the line located on the NE corner of Park Avenue and 32nd Street in order to enter the Tunnel.
  • At the discretion of Summer Streets staff, the tunnel can be CLOSED or entry refused at ANY TIME due to capacity limitations or other safety concerns.
  • Before entering the Tunnel:
    • ALL bags may be subject to search
    • There will be no bag storage.
    • Duffel bags and large backpacks will not be permitted
  • Bicycles, scooters and dogs are NOT permitted in the tunnel.
  • Strollers are permitted but subject to search.
  • Bicycle self-park stations at owners' risk (DOT strongly advises locking bicycles) will be available on the east and west sides of 31st Street and the west side of 32nd Street.
  • Your cooperation, patience and understanding are greatly appreciated as we enhance and expand our efforts to make your visit to Summer Streets safe and enjoyable.

Midtown Rest Stop

Whole Foods City Picnic

The following vendors have confirmed participation at this year’s Whole Foods activation: Whole Foods, Applegate Farms, Daiya, Honest Tea, Steve’s Ice Cream, Organic Valley, Nature’s Path, Gardein, Chia Co., Sweet Leaf Tea and Morningstar Farms. Each vendor will offer free samples throughout the day. In addition, Seeds in the Middle, NY Coalition for Healthy School Food, and Food Fight will present unique, interactive healthy eating demonstrations.

Time August 2nd Time August 9th Time August 16th
10:12 am – 10:30 am Kids Band 10:05 am – 10:20 am Catherine Chen 10:10 am – 10:25 am Yoli Ouiya
10:30 am - 10:45 am Veggiecation 10:25 am - 10:40 am Salle Graves, "Supermarket Fairy" 10:25 am - 10:40 am Creative Kitchen
10:50 am – 11:05 am Seeds in the Middle Demo 10:45 am – 11:05 am Kids Band 10:45 am – 11:00 am Vegan MMA Fighter Omowale Adewale
11:10 am – 11:25 am Vegan MMA Fighter Omowale Adewale 11:10 am – 11:25 am Vegan MMA Fighter Omowale Adewale 11:05 am - 11:20 am Morningstar Farms Demo
11:25 am – 11:40 am NY Coalition for Healthy School Fund: Vegan Summer Desserts 11:30 am - 11:45 am Seeds in the Middle Demo 11:25 am – 11:45 am Kids Band
11:45 am – 12:05 pm Creative Kitchen 11:50 am – 12:05 pm Taza Chocolate 11:50 am – 12:10 pm Culinary Center
12:07 pm – 12:27 pm Food Demo 12:05 pm – 12:25 pm Kids Band 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Seeds in the Middle Demo

CitiBike Information & Education

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.

Rollerblade Rental and Repair by Rollerblade

Bike Rental

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

Astor Place Rest Stop

Cigna Recovery Zone

Come take a fitness class with Cigna and take a break in the Recovery Zone!

My (Our) Way by Nick Tobier

Performance artist Nick Tobier will hand out fifty to one hundred small music boxes to organized participants, as well as random passersby to play the tune 'My Way' in unison just south of the Astor Place rest stop at both 8 am and 10:30 am. Participants will play the 20 – 30 minute piece around Astor Place on the small music boxes and converge at the steps of the Public Theater. The performance will take place on Saturday, August 16th.

Decorative Fence Crafting with NYC Department of Design and Construction

Architectural Walking Tour Map and Public Art Walking Tour Map

Summer Streets participants will be able to pick up two different maps or download the Culture Now app on their phone 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 of well-known architects and artists.

SoHo Rest Stop

REI Adventure Zone

The popular 25’ tall REI Climbing Wall returns this year. In addition, the following vendors will offer different interactive demonstrations: Merrell, Nuun, Saris and Thule. The inflatable Merrell Hill Climb invites participants to try on Merrell shoes and test their skills. Saris will provide the opportunity for participants to ride on a virtual course using a stationary bike, in addition to a complimentary bike valet station. Thule and REI are partnering to provide mobile bike tech support throughout the route.

Free Bike Repair by Bicycle Habitat

Foley Square Rest Stop


The 165' long zipline will return to Summer Streets this year.

Zipline Line Participant Information

  • Zip Line is first come, first served.
  • 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.

Tilt Brass by Chris McIntrye

Musician Chris McIntyre will present an interactive sound installation that will incorporate trombones, trumpets and drums at Foley Square. In addition to the live instruments, McIntyre will incorporate speakers that will transmit live sounds through infrared technology. Signage with QR codes will lead audience members to sound bites about the plaza. The overall piece will run between 10:30 am and 1 pm. The live musicians will play in 12-14 minute sets. This performance will take place on Saturday, August 9th.


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


The following nonprofit organizations are scheduled to present unique, interactive arts and crafts workshops throughout the day: UDoodle, Poet's House and Materials for the Arts.

Bike Rental

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

Stage Performances*

A diverse spread of kid-friendly musical, theatrical and dance performances will take place at this stage.

Time August 2nd August 9th August 16th
9:00 am – 9 :30 am Taoist Tai-Chi Taoist Tai-Chi Taoist Tai-Chi
9:30 am - 10:00 am Taoist Tai-Chi Taoist Tai-Chi Taoist Tai-Chi
10:00 am – 10:30 am Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theatre, Inc. Salsa NY Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
10:30 am – 11:00 am Cardio Kool Kids Harmony Program Exit 12
11:00 am – 11:30 am Salsa NY Cherub Improv Salsa NY
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Underground Horns Art of Stepping Art of Stepping
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm NY Laughs Improv 4 Kids Darrah Car Irish Dance
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Feraba: African Drumming Group
*Performances subject to change