Look | People Take Over the Streets

New Yorkers got a middle of the street view of the urban jungle on Saturday. Summer Streets closed off an almost 7-mile stretch of road — from East 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge — to cars so that people could walk, run and play in the streets.

In its fifth year, the program encourages people to play in the middle of the road — a message that is normally not given. But closing off the 7-mile stretch of asphalt to cars does give people an opportunity to bike, run, walk and play in the road. There are also six rest stops spread out across the stretch of road, with activities available near each, such as free bike rentals, yoga and even a zip line.

 

Summer Streets take place on the first three Saturdays in August from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The road is closed at 72nd Street.
The road is closed at 72nd Street. ( Caitlyn Kim )
People check out the route map before doing something they're normally not supposed to...walk in the middle of the road.
People check out the route map before doing something they're normally not supposed to...walk in the middle of the road. ( Caitlyn Kim )
Some rules of the road are still in effect. Fast "traffic" to the left, "slower" to the right.
Some rules of the road are still in effect. Fast "traffic" to the left, "slower" to the right. ( Caitlyn Kim )
Some cross streets are still open to traffic, so crossing-guards are place, complete with "STOP" signs....
Some cross streets are still open to traffic, so crossing-guards are place, complete with "STOP" signs.... ( Caitlyn Kim )
and "GO" signs.
and "GO" signs. ( Caitlyn Kim )
The line for the bike rentals is long, but not as long as the free bike helmet giveaway on the other side of Park Ave.
The line for the bike rentals is long, but not as long as the free bike helmet giveaway on the other side of Park Ave. ( Caitlyn Kim )
A view of Grand Central that most people get from the inside of a vehicle.
A view of Grand Central that most people get from the inside of a vehicle. ( Caitlyn Kim )
Volunteers make use of the car-free streets to make sure poeple know about activities on the sidewalks.
Volunteers make use of the car-free streets to make sure poeple know about activities on the sidewalks. ( Caitlyn Kim )
Free water fountains are set up at the rest stops.
Free water fountains are set up at the rest stops. ( Caitlyn Kim )
Or if you really need to cool off, there is an open fire hydrant.
Or if you really need to cool off, there is an open fire hydrant. ( Caitlyn Kim )
The car-free roads give people a chance to see some of the art on the median on Park Ave. up close.
The car-free roads give people a chance to see some of the art on the median on Park Ave. up close. ( Caitlyn Kim )
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