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Weekend Staff Picks: Tunnels, Wine, Beer & Laughs

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Whether you want a Long Island day trip or an adventure in Manhattan, WNYC's staff has suggestions.

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Transportation Nation

The Park Avenue Tunnel Will Ring With the Sound of...Crustaceans

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Summer Streets installation was recorded in Russia, Thailand, Iceland and around the world.

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Voice Tunnel: The Movie

Monday, August 05, 2013

Didn't get to visit Voice Tunnel this weekend? There's always next Saturday. In the meantime, watch this video to get a sense of what the experience is like.

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LISTEN: Artist Explains the Voice Tunnel of NYC Summer Streets

Friday, August 02, 2013

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What is normally a car tunnel will become an interactive, pedestrian-focused art exhibit this weekend when Manhattan's Park Avenue Tunnel becomes the centerpiece of this year's Summer Streets festival. "The voices are like whispers," says the artist. "Little memories of the tunnel."

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WNYC News

Look | People Take Over the Streets

Saturday, August 04, 2012

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.

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NYC's Summer Streets Starts This Saturday: Seven Miles of Car-Free Asphalt

Friday, August 03, 2012

Park Avenue prepares for Summer Streets (photo by Kate Hinds)

Want to learn to dance the Bachata? Need some free bike repair? Or just feel like riding a zip line? Or maybe you want to try something really novel: walk smack down the middle of a major New York City thoroughfare without having to dodge anything more dangerous than an unsteady rollerblader.

Check out WNYC's slideshow of pictures from Summer Streets here.

New York City's fifth annual Summer Streets kicks off this weekend. For three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of Manhattan roadway -- from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park -- are closed to vehicle traffic and given over to more pedestrian pursuits. There are performances, art exhibits, free rollerblade and bike rentals, a bike helmet giveaway, even yoga classes. You can see the route map below; to see a list of activities, go here.

(image courtesy NYC DOT)

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Let it Zip: NYC's Summer Streets Gets Airborne

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Test-driving the zip line (photo by Guia Marie Del Prado/WNYC)

(Guia Marie Del Prado -- New York, NY, WNYC) In case you missed the news earlier this week, New York City's fifth annual Summer Streets will have something new this year: a 30-foot zip line, which will give locals a new way to appreciate car-free streets.

During Summer Streets, a seven mile stretch of Manhattan roads — from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park — are closed to cars on three Saturdays in August. It allows New Yorkers to walk, bike and play in public spaces they usually don’t have sole access to.

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled the free zip line at Union Square Park on Tuesday.

NYC DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan (photo by Guia Marie Del Prado/WNYC)

DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said she rode the zip line, twice. “I highly recommend it," she said; "you don’t need a cup of coffee, just start the day with a zip line."

Fahim Saleh took a break from work as an app developer to test out the zip line with his co-workers.

“We thought we’d just take a break from work and why not?” he said. “Just zip line in the middle of work. Sounds like a good idea to me.”

Sophia Taylor, 47, waited in line to face her fears with her 6-year-old daughter Neveah.

“I want to try it because I'm afraid of heights,” Taylor said. “So I'm going to test my fears today and I'm going to get on there.”

Aside from the zip line, Summer Streets will also host a 25-foot climbing wall, yoga and other activities at different locations along the road on August 4, 11, and 18 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

According to Sadik-Khan, as many as 60,000 New Yorkers make use of Summer Streets every year.

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WNYC News

Summer Streets to Debut New Zip Line

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The fifth annual Summer Streets will have something new this year: a 30 foot zip line, which  will give New Yorkers a new way to appreciate the car-free streets.

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WNYC News

Summer Streets Begins Along Park Avenue

Friday, August 05, 2011

On August 6, 13 and 20, New Yorkers will have access to about seven-miles of Park Avenue, without cars, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.

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