Summer Streets in New York City
For 3 Saturday mornings in August, the city closes Park Ave in Midtown and Uptown Manhattan and Lafayette Street in downtown Manhattan to cars and make it into a biking and pedestrian route. It’s a very unique experience to be able to travel across Manhattan for such a large distance without the worry of traffic. My favorite part of the experience is being able to admire the architecture of New York from vantage points that are rarely available as pedestrians. Grand pre-war apartment buildings line that line upper Park Ave contrast with the early modernism of midtown Park ave, which again contrast with the low rise mid-19th century buildings on the downtown segment. Furthermore, the Park Ave viaduct, which is the landmarked elevated roadway that wraps around Grand Central Terminal and then through the Helmsley building, almost never gets experienced outside of a speeding car.