Features NY Life — 20 August 2010
Weekend Warm Up: Summer Streets

The summer is almost over. Yes, it has been a hot one, and you’re most likely praying for the days of sitting in front of a fire (maybe not in NYC), and drinking an Irish coffee with some of your closest friends. But, alas it is still summer and you must embrace it.  Let’s face it: once it gets cold you’re going to curse that bubble feathered jacket that literally, wears you. So here fellow New Yorkers, here is your LocalBozo Weekend Warm Up, End of Summer Edition.

This is the final weekend for Summer Streets in New York City.   The Summer Streets program occurs every August in our fair city.  This is a very unique event where certain streets in city are transformed into positive, healthy active playgrounds.  Manhattan closes down Park Avenue between the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park to all vehicles and opens it to the public from 7am to 1pm. So, if you’ve been lying around all summer working on your tan this is your final wake up call.

Have you ever gone dumpster diving? Sounds gross right? Not during Summer Streets.  Head over to the Grand Central Viaduct to see something truly cool.  The city has transformed everyday trash dumpsters into small pools, for all your wading refreshment. Here’s a tip though, get there early. There are very few dumpsters to wade in and they fill up quite early. These Dumpster pools were tested last summer in Brooklyn and the word has gotten out in a major way.

Do you like biking? Many of you just said yes. But have you ever biked with hundreds of other enthusiasts while listening to the same music?  You can experience this shared bike groove, this weekend with Summer Street’s “Joy Ride.”  The Joy Rides were created by Liz Sherman a theatre artist and Duncan Bridgeman, a Grammy-award nominee.  This summer’s final ride will check in this Saturday, August 21st at 11am at Foley Square.

So, even though we would like you to stay on LocalBozo.com all day and tell all your friends to be here all day, this is your last chance to take part in a very rare event that you can share with your fellow New Yorkers.  You moved to New York to have a unique experience that you could never get from any city, right?  Okay- tie those laces, put on your bathing suit, and get on your bike, and head over to NYC Summer Streets! Well, maybe not in that exact order.

-Alan Smithee

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