Street Closures to Enjoy Summer on Saturdays in August in Manhattan: Expanded “Summer Streets” Program

"Summer Streets" was born in 2008.

“Summer Streets” was born in 2008.

Photo: New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT). / Courtesy

After the pause of the pandemic, This August 6, the Saturday program “Summer Streets” returns, now expanded, to cover from Harlem to the Brooklyn Bridge, that is, almost the entire east side of Manhattan.

It will be repeated on Saturdays August 13 and 20, always from 7 am to 1 pmoffering a wide menu of free activities for children and adults throughout eight miles of car-free streets at Park Avenue, Lafayette Street and Center St to East 109th St.

The program includes free Citi Bike day passes available August 6 with code SUMMER22. The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) initiative will also offer activities in the plan “Open Streets” and squares throughout the city during August.

From 2008 to 2019, the DOT organized “Summer Streets” from the Brooklyn Bridge to the middle of Central Park. Now in its expanded version almost two miles are added, to 109th St in Harlem.

Additionally, the mayor’s “Open Streets” plan was born at the height of the lockdown, in April 2020, as a way to make the city’s roads temporarily free of cars to facilitate social distancing. In 2021, the City Council voted to make this program permanent, and DOT announced a new investment in support of community groups who wanted to organize an “open street” in their area.

The municipal transportation agency has secured almost $1.3 million dollars in federal stimulus funds this year to support these programs. More detailed information about “Summer Streets” and “Open Streets” here.

“Our streets belong to all New Yorkers, and I am very excited to restore this program to three full Saturdays. This is exactly what our public space is for: making activities fun are accessible to our residents free of charge. I hope that more people than ever before take advantage of this incredible opportunity to enjoy the best our city has to offer,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement last month.