This Saturday walkers, skaters, and cyclists will take control of a seven mile stretch of Manhattan, from East 72nd Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was with the Mayor today, when he announced a celebration of Summer Streets.
AMBI: Chinese music
It's not easy to bring Jay-Z together with tai chi performers, but all of them were on hand for the mayor's announcement, and some of them may be around on Saturday, when seven miles of Manhattan roadways are closed to car traffic.
With the rap star and transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan behind him, the mayor called on New Yorkers to come out, enjoy the entertainment, and just have fun.
BLOOMBERG: Play hopscotch, four square, and even kick the hacky sack around. Hacky sack?
SADIK-KHAN: Hacky sack. You didn't play in college.
BLOOMBERG: I didn't play hacky sack in college. You weren't even born when I was in college.
REPORTER: Summer Streets will last the next three Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. If there's enough of a turnout, the city will consider making it a more regular event.