Fun! Enjoy† the empty streets of Manhattan. Well, if not empty, then car-free. Because on "Summer Streets" days, auto traffic is banned for several miles up and downtown, creating an unusually pedestrian-friendly, dream-like change of scene in Manhattan.
Park Avenue -- all the way from E 72nd Street down to Foley Square in downtown Manhattan-- is off limits to car traffic for a few hours.
It's a party! You can ride a zip line. Nosh at the Whole Foods picnic. Surprises and special activities are scattered up and down town, like bright polka dots on a summer party dress.
How to get to Summer Streets: Sure you can get there by bike, on foot, or by subway, but here's a fittingly green way to arrive in style at this annual environmental event in NYC: Go by boat.
- NY Waterway's East River Ferry has waived their $1 bicycle fee, all day, on three consecutive Summer Street Saturdays: August 4, 11, and 18, 2012.¬† You'll still have to pay the ferry fare. But at least your bike won't.
- Plus they are adding 399-passenger boats on summer weekends, allowing for more space for bicycles per ride. (Get info on the East River Ferry.)
- Catch the East River Ferry from Greenpoint, North and South Williamsburg, and DUMBO.
See the complete list of fun events, silly to sublime, here.