The last few years the city has closed down 6.9 miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, so you can walk, run, bike or play without any cars. It’s perfect to take a nice long walk (or run) with your dog. Known as Summer Streets, it is back this Saturday, August 10th and August 17th from 7am-1pm. It’s one of the great events each summer in New York City! Every year it makes us wish we had a giant pedestrian and bike avenue for car-free transportation. Note that dogs must be on leash and all other NYC city dog rules apply.
For the most part it runs down Park Avenue and Lafayette, with key rest stops along the way that have free food, exercise and yoga classes, rock climbing walls, helmet giveaways, activities, and more.
For example, at the Midtown Rest Stop (25th and Park):
- Free samples from Whole Foods Market vendors
- Get a free bike helmet from DOT Safety Education
- Head on over to the Madison Square Park dog run (25th near 5th)
In the Park Avenue tunnel they even have an interactive art installation up for Summer Streets called the Voice Tunnel.
Because Park Avenue runs in two directions and has many lanes, there is plenty of space for the bikers, runners, and yes you and your dog.
Here is the official Summer Streets route:
Enjoy a long car-free walk with your dog at Summer Streets on Saturday,