A summer tradition has returned to New York City, bringing residents a rare treat: pedestrianized streets.
The Summer Streets program is back for three Saturdays, starting August 6. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lafayette Street and Park Avenue are pedestrianized from the Brooklyn Bridge to 109th Street in East Harlem.
For the first half of the day, the otherwise busy part of Manhattan is transformed into an eight-mile park where people can play, run, walk and cycle.
As in previous years, there will be several rest areas along the trail offering activities and refreshments.
This year’s event returns three days after the COVID-19 pandemic truncated in recent years. It was also extended to nearly eight miles.
“We are bringing Summer Streets back to a record number of streets in August, bringing pedestrianized streets and exciting programming to East Harlem for the very first time,” said DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez.
A full list of the more than 120 programs offered during this year’s Summer Streets event can be found here.