On this Saturday (August 11th) and the next, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., nearly seven miles of our city streets will be closed to cars and open for fun. The organizers of the Summer Streets Festival want New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation, so they’ve created this free event to show folks just how much fun it is to run, walk or bike.
Last year, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the street closings that extend from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets–a nearly 7-mile car-free zone.
No, you don’t have to travel the whole route; there are easy access points throughout. And there are five rest stops along the way. They’re not only designed for resting, but themed activities that will entertain the whole family. Music, sports, food, fitness…something for everyone.
For example, at the Midtown rest stop on 25th Street between Park and Madison, visitors can find a food and beverage sampling zone, with vendors offering fee samples of their wares, like Krave Jerky and SkinnyPop. Musical acts will take the stage at this location all day long.
The Astor Place rest stop will provide adventure, with a bouldering wall and an obstacle course. In Soho, the rest stop will be all about fitness: yoga, zumba, bootcamp (not us!) and cardio.
You get the idea. And have we mentioned that it’s free? Of course we did, because “free” is our middle name. Check out this handy-dandy guide to show you the route and what you can expect at each rest stop.
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