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Summer Streets!

We New Yorkers are taking our streets back! For the next three Saturdays, (August 5th, 12th and 19th), nearly seven miles of city roads will be designated car-free but remain open to the public to walk, run, bike and play in the annual Summer Streets festival.

The closings extend from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in the city. Activities are free and open to people of all ages. There will be several rest stops, where a wide range of activities will be set up.

At the Central Park rest stop, located at 72nd Street and Park Avenue, a giant inflatable water park measuring 30′ wide by 50′ long will be erected. Folks suffering from the summer heat can cool off with crazy slides, powerful jet streams and hanging glide rails.

At the Uptown rest stop, located at Park and 52nd St., participants can discover the great outdoors. Zipline, an obstacle course, and bike rentals are just a few of the activities to be found there.

At the Astor Place rest stop, our four-footed friends will be ready to play at the Paws and Play Dog Park. Their two-legged pals will enjoy Food Sessions, a participatory artwork using sound, food and cell phones to, “create an experience that feels like a silent disco for your tongue.” (Sounds like a novel experience to us. Count us in!)

There are several more stops to take advantage of, and activities will run from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For a full listing, head here.

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