Guide To NYC Summer Streets
Image Courtesy of Summer Streets Facebook
The streets of New York City are arguably some of the most valuable public spaces in all of Manhattan, as they have become a part of daily life for residents. On the first three Saturdays of August, the NYC Summer Streets celebration will close seven miles of New York City streets to traffic, giving people the opportunity to play, run, walk, and bike. This festival encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation to keep the city glowing and bright, as well as to get outside and get active.
What To Expect
We know what you’re thinking…what am I supposed to do with wide open streets free of cars? That, friends, is entirely up to you! Visitors of past Summer Street fairs have been spotted biking, dancing, skipping, lounging, or simply taking a slow meander through the streets of New York…because why not?! Last year, there were over 300,000 participants lining the blocks of NYC.
In addition to all the open space (think: a giant park with lots of asphalt at your disposal), you’ll also have access to loads of free entertainment, suitable for people of all ages and ability levels. From art installations to theatrical and musical performances, historic walking tours to arts and crafts activities, there’s really something for every interest.
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The events will be held between 7:00am to 1:00pm on the first three Saturdays of August: August 3th, 10th, and 17th. The streets go from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City. This makes it easy for you to enjoy Summer Streets for as long or as short as you wish.
The theme of this year’s Summer Streets is finding joy and humor in the everyday experience and capturing the unexpected moment in NYC in the midst of chaos. And there’s no better place to capture joy in chaos than on the streets of NYC, am I right?
A Little Bonus: Free Helmets
In order to promote safety first, the Department of Transportation will provide free bike helmets, fittings, and distribution while supplies last at Summer Streets. Available for all sizes and ages, you can go to their booth at 24th Street and Park Avenue anytime between 8am and 12pm on the Summer Street dates to receive yours. This will make biking, skating, skateboarding, or scootering that much better!
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Fun For Glenwood Residents
Numerous Glenwood luxury rental buildings are within walking distance of the 7-mile route. For example, our Barclay Tower building is about 3 blocks from the starting point of the route in Downtown Manhattan. While in Midtown East, Paramount Tower, The Belmont, The Bristol and The Bamford are a mere 3-4 blocks from all of the fun. On the Upper East Side, The Somerset and The Stratford are the closest buildings. They’re a little further away (about 6 blocks east), but it’s still closer than walking to Central Park!
A great way to make an entire outing of it is to stake out a nearby restaurant or tea parlor to enjoy after you spend the day playing in the streets! Here’s a few brunch spots we love as well as the best afternoon tea spots in NYC, all within walking distance to Glenwood properties. You’ll have worked up an appetite, no doubt!