Each year, Park Avenue is closed to traffic on the nearly seven miles from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park for the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Summer Streets, encouraging New Yorkers to use a more sustainable form of transportation. In 2018, nearly 300,000 people walked, ran, skated, and bikes along the Summer Streets family-friendly, pet-friendly route along Park Avenue.
Summer Streets will take place on August 3, 10 & 17, 2019 along Park Avenue from the Brooklynn Bridge to Central Park between 7:00am and 1:00pm.
The annual summer event attracts more than 300,000 people over three Saturdays in August. Rest stops offering unique themes, music stages, tasting zones, fitness classes, and much more. Included in the event will be free helmet fitting and distribution on all three Saturday’s, and the return of the Fly-Free Zip Line, Bark-Free for man’s best friend to have fun and cool off ~ and CLIF Ride Zone in Astor Place.
A new addition to Summer Streets will be the off-site programming by Harlem’s Africa Center ~ a traditional West African Glass Painting Workshop, which will be held on Saturday, August 10th from 7am to 1pm at Rudin Plaza (Park Avenue between 51st/52nd Streets). The workshop will be led by artist Ibou Ndoye who will guide participants toward a finished piece of art to take home.
While you’re on Park Avenue, check out The Fund for Park Avenue’s commissioned sculptures, Joseph La Piana: Tension Sculptures, which will be on view during the first Saturday of Summer Streets.
Lever House on Park Avenue and 54th Street is featuring Lever House Alumni Jorge Pardo, Enoc Perez and Urs Fischer this Summer in its beautiful, ground-level lobby/gallery space.
Check out Summer Streets 2018.