By Scott Etkin
The end of summer is fast approaching, but there is still time to experience the last Manhattan weekend of Summer Streets, the city’s annual event that gives miles of roadway over to pedestrians and bicyclists.
This Saturday, August 19th, a route in Manhattan that runs from the Brooklyn Bridge along Lafayette Street, and Park Avenue up to 109th Street, across Central Park North, and then up Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard from 110th Street to 125th Street, will be closed to traffic from 7am to 1pm.
The program opens up the avenues for people to walk, run, and cycle. At six points along the route there are rest stops featuring tents with activities. There’s also the chance of giveaways from the event’s sponsors: Vita Coco, Cabot Creamery, C4 Energy, Forager Project, Super Coffee, Boxed Water, and Core Power Yoga.
This is the first time that the Summer Streets route will extend into west Harlem. Last year, the route ended at the top of Central Park. Summer Streets, which is organized by the NYC Department of Transportation, began in 2008 and has gradually expanded over time: The Manhattan route ended at 72nd Street in 2021, 109th Street last year and 125th Street this year.
Summer Streets covers 20 miles in total, with some space designated in each borough. Manhattan’s previous dates were August 5th and 12th – this weekend will be the last one of the season. In 2022, more than 500,000 people participated in the program, according to DOT.