Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
City Readies For Summer Streets
Thursday, August 07, 2008
New York, NY —
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.