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Summer Streets Are Back!

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week the return and expansion of the Summer Streets program along with more than 1,500 free events taking place throughout New York City this summer.  The Mayor was joined by the Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who noted that some 50,000 people enjoyed Summer Streets last year and that these temporary car-free streets were spreading this year to 14 locations across all five boroughs. Among some of the others supporting the Mayor's announcement were Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Def Jam record label co-founder Russell Simmons and actor Luis Guzmán.

<blockquote class="_text"> [music] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_1_text"> <cite class="speaker_1" >Janette Sadik-Khan:</cite> [0:15] The summer streets and the neighborhood events that we're holding this summer are about enjoying the city that we so often rush through, and taking a little bit of time to slow down and see the beauty that's in New York City. And it's about creating a little bit more room to enjoy the streets and the great neighborhoods that make New York City what it is. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_2_text"> <cite class="speaker_2" >Michael Bloomberg:</cite> [0:34] We've put together a list of more than 1,500 free events and activities. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_3_text"> <cite class="speaker_3" >Luis Guzman:</cite> [0:40] There's nothing like going to something that's free. Especially like it's been mentioned in today's economy. But also events for families. Parents being able to take their kids and feel safe, and just have a good time. This is the greatest city in the world. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_2_text"> <cite class="speaker_2" >Michael Bloomberg:</cite> [0:59] I want to start with something we experimented with last summer, with three consecutive Saturday mornings. We cleared traffic from nearly seven miles of asphalt, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park. Streets that normally are tied up with cars and trucks were turned over to the public. [1:14] And on each Saturday, some 50,000 people last year flocked to experience them like never before. Well, the summer streets initiative was such a big success for both businesses and the public. Why not bring it back? And today I'm proud to announce that that is exactly what we're going to do.</p><p>This years route follows the same as last years, and is scheduled to take place from 7: [1:33] 00 am to 1:00 pm, on Saturday, August 8th, 15th, and 22nd. But that is not all. This year we are expanding the summer streets program to bring the fun to all five Boroughs. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_1_text"> <cite class="speaker_1" >Janette Sadik-Khan:</cite> [1:52] 51 individual street events every weekend through September. From 167th Street in the Bronx to 46th Street in Queens, to Pitkin Avenue in Brooklyn, and Van Duzer Street in Staten Island. [music] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_3_text"> <cite class="speaker_3" >Russell Simmons:</cite> [2:08] The idea of spreading these programs to me is inspiring. Because the work that you're doing, maybe will inspire some young people to play in the street instead of stand on the corners. [music] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_4_text"> <cite class="speaker_4" >Wiley Norvell:</cite> [2:26] We're pumped for summer streets. And for the Manhattan event, the closure of Park Avenue and Lafayette, and Center Street. We're going to be leading feeder rides from the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn. [2:37] Escorted rides to get riders from the outer Boroughs in to enjoy this great car free space in Manhattan. And then TA's going to be valet bike parking, and tabling, and leading activities and events all over the city this summer.</p><p>[2:47] Whether it's car free Crotona in the Bronx. Whether it's Williamsburg Walks right here on Bedford Avenue. Or even at Celebrate Brooklyn, our biggest bike parking initiative ever. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_2_text"> <cite class="speaker_2" >Michael Bloomberg:</cite> [2:56] The bottom line is, just because the economy is in a downturn doesn't mean we can't take advantage of things that make New York, New York. [3:06] And in fact, this is the perfect time to do it. So visit <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/" >www.NYC.gov</a> or NYC and Companies website at <a href="http://www.nycgo.com/" >www.nycgo.com</a> for a full calendar of free activities in all five Boroughs. </blockquote> <br/><br/>
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  • http://www.walkroll.com Lois Moss

    Hooray!!!! Last year's Summer Streets was one of the most fun days I've ever had! We'll be roadtripping from CLE to NYC to have more fun (and spend some tourist dollars while we're at it)! I wish Cleveland had a mayor half as inspired, creative and courageous as Mayor Bloomberg.

  • Moss

    A good start. This should be a first step to creating more and more permanent pedestrian areas in NYC.