citi Summer Streets 2017
Saturday, August 5, 12 and 19
From 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Seven Miles of NYC Streets opened to the public for playing, running, walking or biking.
New Yorkled’s had the pleasure of attending the very first of these annual affairs as well as the subsequent ones for a couple years. Funny how it’s grown so very much. In the beginning there weren’t anywhere near as many folks participating in the event. Gotta let you know that if you’re a die-hard photographer like yours truly then you’ll truly get a kick out of walking up or down the avenues sans traffic getting in the way! It’s a great experience for all and a chance for the photographer in your to get a hold of spots rarely ever captured from angles hardly ever seen; that is, from the perspective of a pedestrian.
Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2016, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets.
Summer Streets is modeled on other events from around the world including Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia and the Paris Plage in France and has since inspired other such events around the world such as CicloRecreo Via and London’s Regent Street Summer Streets.
Held between 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City, allowing participants to plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.