Seven Miles of Car-Free Streets

Summer Streets is coming. Once more, pedestrians can enjoy seven miles of car-free streets in the city on three Saturdays, on August 5, 12 and 19, 7 am to 1 pm.

Since 2008, the New York City Department of Transportation has closed off streets for outdoor recreation – walking, running, cycling and playing, in addition to many free activities for all ages. Last year, 300,000 people attended Summer Streets, which stretches from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Here are some special events at Downtown's Foley Square.

A 270-foot water slide

Online pre-registration for the slide is required at Registration to slide on August 5 will go live on July 31. For August 12 and 19, register the Monday before the event (August 7 and August 14, respectively). There will also bemusic, beach chairs adjacent to a makeshift beach, corn hole toss and an oversize jenga game.

Interactive Dance

 Three interactive dance performances, Around the World and Back Again (August 5), Boomerang (August 12),and Lost Art (August 19). They are choreographed by Artistic Director Tiffany Rea-Fischer of Elisa Monte Dance and performed by the EMD company. Around the World and Back Again will feature live music from Chris Brubeck’s band Triple Play; Boomerang will encourage the audience to document their performance experience through social media; and Lost Art responds to the missing sculpture, Titled Arc. Performances will be held at 11 a.m. each day.

Wheelchair Sports Federation’s Adaptive Basketball activation and the DOT Hand-Cycle Demonstration

For more information about Citi Summer Streets, including a route map and street closure information, visit or