Summer Streets 2021 is on Park Avenue from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park on Saturdays, August 7 and 14, 2021, from 7am to 1pm. FREE nyc.gov #SummerStreets
NYC turns seven miles of Park Avenue/Lafayette/Centre St into a car-free walking, running, and biking zone with public art, performances and family activities at four Rest Stops along the way.
This is great for families. It’s really fun to walk through the Park Avenue tunnel in front of and then around Grand Central Station. You’ve done it in cars, but it feels so different on foot or bicycle.
There are Citi Bike stations along the way. Summer Streets is seven miles of family fun and selfie moments. #CitiBikeSummer
Summer Streets 2021
The Summer Streets Route
- Summer Streets turns into Central Park at 72nd St.
- The Uptown Rest Stop of arts and culture is on Park Avenue at 51st St.
- The Midtown Rest Stop of biking is on Park Avenue between 26th and 27th St.
- The Astor Place Rest Stop of fitness is on Lafayette St at Astor Place.
- The Foley Square Rest Stop of health and safety is on Centre St at Duane St.
- Summer Streets meets the Brooklyn Bridge at City Hall.
There are Art Stops at each of the rest stops. New York Brazilian artist Priscilla De Carvalho blends nature and the City in her work. Brazilians excel at blending nature and art. In a way, that describes Brazil. 🇧🇷 prisciladecarvalho.com
Foley Square Rest Stop ~ Health and Safety
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents Flatbed Follies with shows at 9am, 10:30am and 12pm. bindlestiff.org
Big Onion Walking Tours is leading “Immigrant New York: Walk the streets of Chinatown, Little Italy and the Five Points” Reservations at 929-432-6800
The NYC Department of Sanitation is offering Truck’s Eye View, a chance for families to climb into a parked truck. It’s another world up there. They are also showing five trash trucks that have been turned into movable canvases.
Unlimited Biking is provided free bike rentals with advance reservations at unlimitedbiking.com
Anyone 12+ can get a free Pfizer vaccine. No appointment needed.
Astor Place Rest Stop ~ Fitness and Sports
There are free fitness classes from several organizations on the hour.
There is a ZING! Kids Fitness classes on the half hour.
The Wheelchair Sports Federation is hosting Adaptive Basketball Games.
On Sunday, August 14, there is a parkour playground by The Movement Creative themovementcreative.com
There are Big Onion Walking Tours of “East Village: A walk exploring the world of hippies, hipsters & immigrants” at 10am. Reservations at (929) 432-6800
Transportation Alternatives is providing a bike valet where you can leave your bike and enjoy the rest stop.
Midtown Rest Stop ~ Biking
Unlimited Biking offers free bike rentals with reservation at unlimitedbiking.com
There are Learn to Ride-Kids bike riding lessons with reservation at bike.nyc
The Five Borough Bicycle Club offers free bike repair 5bbc.org
The Fogo Azul all-woman Brazilian drumline is doing pop-up performances at 10:45 am, 11:30 am, and 12:15pm. fogoazulnyc.com 🇧🇷
There is bicycle parking, but you should bring your own lock.
Uptown Rest Stop ~ Art and Culture
Being a New Yorker is an art form unto itself.
There are family workshops for young children. The Noguchi Museum leads model making workshops. HONK NYC leads a marching band hat workshop. HYPOTHEkids teaches how to make origami animals. The Urban Studio Unbound leads color theory exercises in creating Penny Spinners toys.
There are performances on the hour. These include Inti and the Moon (Andean), The Afro Latineers, and Mambembe (Yoruba drum line).
Big Onion Walking Tours leads “The Upper East Side: Park Avenue and Beyond” at 10am. Reservations at (929) 432-6800.
Transportation Alternatives provides a bike valet where you can leave your bike while enjoying the rest stop.
The Best Thing of All
The best thing of all is being outside with your fellow New Yorkers. In 2019, there were over 300,000 of us on Summer Streets.