Summer Streets NYC 2017: dates, a map, and more

Everything you need to know about the DOT’s car-free streets initiative

Brace yourselves, New Yorkers: Summer Streets is back. The Department of Transportation’s popular program, which turns Park Avenue into a car-free oasis for three consecutive Saturdays, will have its final installment of 2017 tomorrow, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (And with any luck, today’s rain won’t be an issue tomorrow—right now, the forecast is calling for clear skies.)

In the nearly ten years since Summer Streets launched, it’s become more popular than ever, with more than 300,000 people attending last year’s event. And for the 10th iteration of the event, the city is going with the theme “storytelling through the five senses”—the idea being that, without cars on one of New York’s most prominent roadways, people can experience it in a new way. “This year’s programming explores this theme by offering the public unique moments to experience the streets in new ways—to see, hear, taste, smell and feel at a heightened state as if for the first time,” according to a press release.

There’ll also be more activities than ever, spread out over six “rest stops” at various points along the nearly seven-mile route.

Among those are a miniature water park (sponsored by LG, because that’s how these things go) near Central Park that will have “obstacle courses continuously soaked by powerful jet streams, massive slides in the shape of cutlery, and hanging glide rails for kids of all ages to zoom down into pools of water”; a 270-foot-long water slide near Foley Square; an interactive exhibit, sponsored by the Museum of Food and Drink, where participants can identify various smells; and the ever-popular 165-foot-long, 30-foot-high zipline. (Remember when dumpster pools were the coolest things going at Summer Streets? Times sure have changed.)

But of course, shutting down one of the city’s biggest thoroughfares to cars does mean that there’ll be street closures and traffic changes aplenty. And it won’t just affect people driving in the city; it also means that buses will be re-routed, parking will be restricted, and traffic to and from the Brooklyn Bridge will be diverted.

However, many of the streets that cross Park Avenue will remain open to traffic, as will Fifth and Madison avenues. The DOT has more information via this link.

Here’s a route map:


And via the DOT, here’s a list of streets that will be closed for the route and rest stops:


  • Centre Street between Brooklyn Bridge Exit and Reade Street / Lafayette Street
  • Lafayette Street between Reade Street / Centre Street and East 10th Street
  • Cooper Square between Astor Place and Fourth Avenue
  • Fourth Avenue between Astor Place and East 15th Street
  • Union Square East between East 15th Street and East 17th Street
  • Park Avenue South between East 17th Street and East 32nd Street
  • Park Avenue between East 32nd Street and East 72nd Street
  • (Including the viaduct between East 40th Street and East 46th Street)
  • East 72nd Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue

Rest Stops:

  • Centre Street between Reade Street / Lafayette Street and Worth Street
  • Cleveland Place between Kenmare Street and Spring Street
  • Spring Street between Crosby Street and Mulberry Street
  • Kenmare Street between Lafayette Street and Mulberry Street
  • Broome Street between Lafayette Street and Crosby Street
  • Astor Place between Broadway and Fourth Avenue
  • 8th Street between Broadway and Fourth Avenue
  • East 24th Street between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue
  • East 25th Street between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue
  • East 26th Street between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue
  • East 51st Street between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue
  • East 52nd Street between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue
  • East 53rd Street between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue

Plan accordingly.

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