Showing posts with label summer streets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer streets. Show all posts

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Summer Streets Saturday No. 2 TODAY

Today is another Summer Streets day ... in which nearly seven miles of NYC roadways are closed to vehicles for people to run, walk, bike, reflect on all the good in the world, etc. 

As you likely know, this car-free zone includes Lafayette, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

You can find more details about Summer Streets at this link.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Summer Streets returns on the first 3 Saturdays of the month

The annual Summer Streets celebration returns on the first three Saturdays of the month (August!).

Starting tomorrow (Saturday!), nearly seven miles of NYC roadways are closed to vehicles for people to run, walk, bike, complain that this takes away prime parking, etc. 

As in previous years, this car-free zone includes Lafayette, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

You can find more details about Summer Streets at this link, including what kind of corporate-sponsored activities to expect at Astor Place.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Saturday's parting shot

A moment from the second Saturday of Summer Streets along Fourth Avenue today... thanks to Jeanne Krier for the photo!

Friday, August 6, 2021

Summer Streets returns to the streets this summer

The annual Summer Streets celebration returns on the first two Saturdays of the month (August! Tomorrow!) in which nearly seven miles of NYC roadways are closed to vehicles for people to run, walk, bike, etc.

As in previous years, this car-free zone includes Lafayette, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue.

This is the 13th edition of the event, which was on hiatus last August amid the pandemic.

You can find more details about Summer Streets at this link, including what kind of activities to expect along the route. There are several things planned for Astor Place, including fitness classes.  

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Last Saturday for Summer Streets


[Photo from last Saturday]

The last Summer Streets for the, um, summer takes place today (Aug. 17!) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. ... as the 12th annual Summer Streets celebration wraps up another Saturday where people can enjoy the nearly seven miles of NYC roadways that are closed to vehicles for running, walking, biking, complaining, etc.



You can find more details about today's pit-stop activities at this link.

Once again, it's worth noting just how far Summer Streets have come from its early days on Broadway...

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Summer Streets returns to the streets this summer



The 12th annual Summer Streets celebration returns on the first three Saturdays of the month (August!) in which nearly seven miles of NYC roadways are closed to vehicles for people to run, walk, bike, etc.

The festivities begin tomorrow night when the city tows anyone parking along the Summer Streets.

As in previous years, this car-free zone includes Lafayette, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue.



You can find more details about Summer Streets at this link, including what kind of activities to expect at Astor Place.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Reminders: Time for Summer Streets



Summer Streets is back for its 11th year starting tomorrow (Saturday). As in previous years, the Department of Transportation turns Park Avenue ... and Lafayette, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue into vehicle-free zones from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for these next three Saturdays.

This year's them is "Finding joy in unexpected moments."

Activities taking place at Astor Place include the BF Bouldering Wall & Obstacle Course and Gazillion Bubble Show’s Bubble Garden and the Oh-Shit-I-Just-Want-to-Cross-Fourth-Avenue-to-Sell-These-Books-Back-at-the-Strand Dodge 'Em.



Previously on EV Grieve:
This year's Summer Streets celebration includes rocks and bubbles on Astor Place

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

This year's Summer Streets celebration includes rocks and bubbles on Astor Place



This year's Summer Streets is coming up the first three Saturdays of August (the 4th, 11th and 18th).

As in previous years, the car-free, Street-Festival-Free zone includes Lafayette, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue.

The city yesterday announced the activities taking place along the route. Here's some of what you'll find on Astor Place, via the Summer Streets website:

BF Bouldering Wall & Obstacle Course, Astor Place between Broadway and Lafayette Street
Join the Brooklyn Boulders Foundation to test your skills on an eight foot tall bouldering wall. Leave the ropes and harnesses behind and scale this wall with ease. The Bouldering Wall and Obstacle Course by the Brooklyn Boulders Foundation was co-designed by West coast-based Vertical Solutions featuring wood paneling, and a pull-up bar feature. The obstacle course includes accessible features for all abilities to be able to complete the course. Challenge yourself and get through quickly for a prize or race against a friend. Even if this is your first time, don’t worry, there will be plenty of safety mats to catch your fall.

And!

Gazillion Bubble Show’s Bubble Garden, 4th Avenue between 8th Street and 9th Street
GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW is Unlike Anything You Have Ever Seen Before! The most incredibubble show in the world! Bubble lovers of all ages are delighted with an unbubblievable experience, awashed with a bubble tide, and perhaps even find themselves inside a bubble. Mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects and momentary soapy masterpieces will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again. You have to experience it to bubblieve it! Experience the Gazillion Bubble show's exclusive interactive Bubble Garden. Join the fun by making bubbles of all sizes and learning new bubble tricks that will amaze and dazzle you!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Last Saturday for Summer Streets


[Last Saturday around 8 a.m. on 4th Avenue]

You know the drill ... until 1 p.m. today... from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Lafayette and Fourth Avenue for part of the route ... with a pit stop at Astor Place for Citi-branded events. Details here.

Have posted this before, but it's worth noting again just how far Summer Streets have come, from its early days on Broadway...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Reminders: Summer Streets return tomorrow (Saturday!)


[Photo of Lafayette and Great Jones from last Saturday at 1 p.m.]

The second Saturday of Summer Streets takes place tomorrow (Saturday!) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Around here, the vehicle-free zone includes Lafayette, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue.

In addition, there are all sorts of activities at the Citi Rest Stop in Astor Place, including Smellmapping Astor Place:

DOT Art and the Village Alliance have partnered with designer Kate McLean to produce a Smellmap of the Astor Place neighborhood. Three smellwalks were hosted over the past few months with local residents and stakeholders to gather smell data/information. Participants were asked to explore the environment strictly through their sense of smell by smell catching (receiving smell info), smell hunting (searching for smell info) and lastly free smelling (a mini smell research project). Mclean has collected all the smell data and visualized the findings as a colorful smellmap. McLean will be on-site to lead two walks at 9 am and 11 am to continue building on this research and invites participants to incorporate their findings into a large-scale smellmap available on-site.

What does Zoltar smell like anyway?


Visit the Summer Streets site for more details.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

#Soon


[Photo from the other day]

Summer Streets start next Saturday. (Plus, Smellmapping!) Find more details here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Your chance for enjoying Summer Streets and Smellmapping Astor Place coming next month


[4th Avenue on July 1]

Yesterday, the city/Citi announced plans for the annual Summer Streets ... coming up on Aug. 5, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19.

Per the Summer Streets site:

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.

As in previous years, the car-free, Street-Festival-Free zone includes Lafayette, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue.

There will be several activities at Astor Place:

To explore all of your senses, the Astor Place Rest Stop will for the first time feature The Citi Experience inviting the public to tap into all of their senses with a 360 degree Mt. Everest VR experience and a New York-centric mini golf course.

And!

Smellmapping Astor Place
DOT Art and the Village Alliance have partnered with designer Kate McLean to produce a Smellmap of the Astor Place neighborhood. Three smellwalks were hosted over the past few months with local residents and stakeholders to gather smell data/information. Participants were asked to explore the environment strictly through their sense of smell by smell catching (receiving smell info), smell hunting (searching for smell info) and lastly free smelling (a mini smell research project). Mclean has collected all the smell data and visualized the findings as a colorful smellmap. McLean will be on-site to lead two walks at 9 am and 11 am to continue building on this research and invites participants to incorporate their findings into a large-scale smellmap available on-site.


Head over to the Summer Streets site for more details.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Reminders: Last Saturday (today!) for Summer Streets



You have until 1 p.m. to take advantage of vehicle-free corridors in the city... the above photo of Fourth Avenue near 11th Street is from 8 a.m.

There are several Summer Streets-related activities along the way. At Astor Place, there is something that may possibly be sponsored by Citi...



Among the activities, you can race against Allyson Felix (sort of)...



In addition, you can test your robbery-fabrication skills with those of Ryan Lochte ... then, in the next booth, issue an apology.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Checking in on Summer Streets



This was just before 9 a.m. on Fourth Avenue between 13th Street and 12th Street... not too crowded... more runners than cyclists at this moment...

Until 1 p.m. More details here.

Previously

Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer Streets return tomorrow (Saturday!)



It's that time of year again. Here's the official About:

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 2015, 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 am to 1 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.

For us living around Steiner East Village, the car-free, Street-Festival-Free zone includes Lafayette, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue.

As always, there are five different "Rest Stop" activity zones along the route. On Foley Square, a 300-foot, three-story Vita Coco™ Beachside Slide will offer Summer Streeters a chance to stand in line — but only if you pre-registered to stand in line.

Astor Place will host the "Paws and Play Dog Run." Other Astor Place programming tomorrow includes:

During week one, test your athletic prowess by running with Team Citi and the Mets. Summer Streets participants can virtually race a U.S. Olympian, meet three time U.S. National Champion and 2016 U.S. Paralympic Hopeful Scout Bassett, as well as Mrs. Met and pick up some Mets and Olympic swag from the social media vending machines.

And down on Bleecker and Lafayette, a rep from the Mayor's office will be on hand each week to lift a deed restriction on a building for one aspiring landlord.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Takin' it to the streets like the Doobie Brothers

Summer loving had me a blast, Summer loving happened so fast

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Last Saturday for Summer Streets


[Photo of 4th Avenue from Aug. 1]

From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today… to refresh your memory…



And avoid Broadway

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer Streets underway



This was the scene on Fourth Avenue between East 12th Street and East 13th Street around 7:45 a.m. The streets along this corridor remain car-free until 1 p.m.

Then you are on your own.



If you missed today, then you can try again the next two Saturdays. Find more info here.

Mad Max: Fury Road image via

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer Streets start next Saturday



In case you missed this news from yesterday… Summer Streets start next Saturday, as the headline implied…

Here's the official Summer Streets About:

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 2014, more than 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.

For us here in Midtown South, the car-free, Street-Festival-Free zone includes Lafayette, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue…



And the pièce de résistance this year? A giant water slide in Foley Square via Slide the City


[Random Slide the City photo via Slide the City]

Please note that you have to wait 30 minutes after eating before sliding.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I know what you did last Summer Streets


[The same photo EVG posted last week]

Just a reminder that Lafayette and a good part of Park Avenue will be closed for you to bike, walk, run, skate, crawl, [________] in a hoof to your heart's content today. At least until 1 p.m., when the wheeled motor vehicles used for transporting passengers and other things return.

And here is the official map from the City about all this:



Previously on EV Grieve:
Takin' it to the streets like the Doobie Brothers

Summer loving had me a blast, Summer loving happened so fast

No more corny Summer Streets headlines until next summer, probably

Friday, August 1, 2014

Where the streets have no cars driving on them for a few hours tomorrow


[Spotted at Astor Place]

As the Times notes today:

This Saturday will feature the first of three Summer Streets events this month, when Lafayette Street downtown and a long stretch of Park Avenue will be closed to traffic and open instead to bikers, in-line skaters, walkers and wanderers.

And here is the official map from the City about all this:



Previously on EV Grieve:
Takin' it to the streets like the Doobie Brothers

Summer loving had me a blast, Summer loving happened so fast

No more corny Summer Streets headlines until next summer, probably