This month, NYC DOT produced Summer Streets, an event where Park Avenue was closed down and made available only to pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and others on all types of wheels whether they be scooters or skateboards. No cars!
2011 was Summer Streets' fourth year of existence. The event happened over a course of three weekends. I was lucky and motivated enough to attend two Saturdays of Summer Streets.
My primary focus of Summer Streets was biking. It can be a struggle at times to bike through the city. There are pockets of NYC, such as Chinatown, where the cars are so dominant that cyclists can be pushed aside, sideswiped, and hit in a matter of seconds. Of course, this can really happen anywhere but biking through some areas of the city are more dangerous than others. To be able to fly up and down Park Avenue all the way from downtown up to Central Park with ease is really a luxury. At times, it even felt exhilarating. We were even allowed to race through the MetLife building, a path normally meant for cars only.
|Summer Streets Access to MetLife|
|Women's Health and Crunch Workout|
|City Picnic Rest Area|
|Ciao Bella Gluten Free Lemon Zest Sorbet|
|Merrill's Human Wheel|
|Sand Masters' Plan|
|Matt Long and Andy Gertler hard at work|
|The Brooklyn Bridge crumbled seconds later.|