7 Car-Free Miles in NYC at Citi Summer Streets

Enjoy Citi Summer Streets on August 5th, 12th and 19th from 7 AM to 1 PM

Fill your August Saturday schedule with walking, playing, biking and exploring the motorless streets of Manhattan from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge at Citi Summer Streets. For the first three Saturdays in August, Park Avenue will be car-free and full of activities to enjoy.

Pick up or drop off a Citi Bike in Union Square at one of 12 locations (find them on the map). Don’t have a pass? Enter our summer social media contest using the hashtag #USQSummer and you could win a 24-hour pass. Daily, weekly or monthly passes are also available to purchase at any Citi Bike station with a credit card.

You’ll find activities all along the Citi Summer Streets route, or you can stop and stay a while in Union Square:

  • Every Saturday the Union Square Greenmarket fills the North and West plaza with farmers, bakers and more selling fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as breads, honey, hot sauce and more
  • At 2 PM, you can enjoy a free walking tour with the historians at Big Onion Walking Tours around Union Square Park. Meet at the Abraham Lincoln Statue on the 16th Street transverse.
  • On August 19th, meet Anna Kendrick at Barnes & Noble
  • For the first two Saturdays, book a Restaurant Week prix fixe brunch at a local spot you’ve never tried before

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Hit the Road During Summer Streets

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 2.06.14 PMSummer Streets is back this month with miles of car-free fun passing through the Union Square neighborhood. The pedestrian paradise launched last Saturday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm when streets were opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. With tons of activities, you won’t want to miss the next two event days. On August 9th and 16th, the NYC Department of Transportation will again close Park Avenue to motor vehicles from Brooklyn Bridge, through Union Square, and up to Central Park. Last year, nearly 300,000 people came out to celebrate public space by cycling, walking and dancing in the streets. Activities dot the path, including arts and crafts workshops, musical performances, dance, healthy snack stations and more! Check out the full activity list on the Summer Streets website. Don’t forget to stop by Union Square Park along the way for a free historical walking tour at 2 PM each Saturday, meeting in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue along the 16th Street transverse.

Summer Streets Returns!


Starting this weekend, Summer Streets returns for three consecutive Saturdays. On August 3rd, 10th, and 17th, the Department of Transportation will close Park Avenue to motor vehicles from the Brooklyn Bridge, through Union Square, and all the way up to Central Park (nearly seven miles). The motor-less road will make way for teams of cyclists, pedestrians, and those who are just looking to enjoy a car-free street. There will be food samples, art installations, and even a misting system along the way. While out enjoying your stroll, stop by the Square to check out our free historical walking tour in Union Square Park. The tour meets at 2 PM on Saturdays in front of the Lincoln Statue on the park’s 16th Street transverse (in front of the playground).