Summer Streets 2017 brings a waterpark and zip line to Manhattan

Summer Streets 2017

Summer Streets 2017 brings a waterpark and zip line to Manhattan

On three consecutive Saturdays in August - the 5th, 12th, and 19th - nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike during the tenth annual Summer Streets. In 2016, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets.

Summer Streets is modeled on other events from around the world including Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia and the Paris Plage in France and has since inspired other such events around the world such as CicloRecreo Via and London's Regent Street Summer Streets.

In 2014, I walked through the Park Avenue Tunnel for the first time during Summer Streets. It was a unique experience and totally different from driving. Continuing onto the Park Avenue Aqueduct wrapping around Grand Central is an exhilerating view of an iconic New York City landmark.

Inside the Park Avenue Tunnel ©Mark D Phillips

Held between 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City, allowing participants to plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.

"What makes Manhattan unique is its unparalleled, walkable streetscape -- but it is still so often dominated by cars and traffic," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "Programs that transform our streets into walkable public spaces offer a truly special opportunity to experience the city in a whole new way."

Of course, though, this is New York so any marketing opportunity is jumped on by the most unusual corporate ploys available. Take the new water park at 71st Street. Check out all the trademarked names!

The LG QuadWash™ Water Park is a first-of-its-kind installation – a giant inflatable water park measuring 30’ wide by 50’ long modeled after both the exterior and interior elements of the LG QuadWash™ dishwasher. The water park will feature obstacle courses continuously soaked by powerful jet streams, massive slides in the shape of cutlery, and hanging glide rails for kids of all ages to zoom down into pools of water. Participants will be able to hang from the “3rd Rack” or use the “Glide Rail” slide, zones that were modeled after the LG QuadWash EasyRack™ Plus system, which adjusts to just about any load of dishes. LG will also set up cabañas where people can sit, relax and watch the water park action. Let's face it, no one gets excited about washing dishes. That's why LG is taking a boring chore and making it a fun, family experience with the LG QuadWash™ Water Park. LG QuadWash dishwashers put cleaning into motion! Designed with four spray arms that rotate back and forth, QuadWash cleans from multiple angles so you get dishes clean the first time. Learn more at LGQuadWash.com. On-site registration is required. Ticketing is offered on the hour so participants are encouraged to arrive early to secure a spot. Tickets will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

And how do you like this caveat??

Though we strive to have all programming be accessible, there are some activations, like this one, where access is not feasible. We do encourage persons with disabilities to enjoy our many other accessible activations.

And the quote from the marketing company??

“We’re thrilled to bring our three-story water slide back to Summer Streets,” said Charles Van Es, Vice President of Marketing at Vita Coco and sponsor of the Vita Coco Beachside Slide. “There’s no better way to escape the heat than hydrating with delicious coconut water.”

2014 video inside the Park Avenue Tunnel during Summer Streets

Among the highlights of Citi Summer Streets 2017:

Citi Experience: Mini-Golf and Mount Everest at Astor Place: To explore all of your senses, the Astor Place Rest Stop will for the first time feature The Citi Experience inviting the public to tap into all of their senses with a 360 degree Mt. Everest VR experience and a New York-centric mini golf course.

“Smellwalks”: For those interested in experiencing New York City ‘nose-first’, participate in ‘smellwalks’ at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. around the Astor Place neighborhood led by designer Kate McLean as part of her smell research project entitled Smellmapping Astor Place. Participants are asked to explore the environment primarily through their sense of smell using techniques such as smell catching, smell hunting and free smelling. Smellwalks are open to a maximum of 30 participants and slots are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Visit the tent at any point throughout the day to take a look at the smell visualization produced by McLean based on data collected during smellwalks held earlier this summer with DOT Art and the Village Alliance.

Vita Coco Beachside Slide:  Returning to the Foley Square Rest Stop this year is Vita Coco’s Beachside Slide, a 270-foot water slide based at “Vita Coco Beach ” where participants can slide down and cool off during the hot summer mornings. Online pre-registration for the slide is required at www.nyc.gov/summerstreets. Registration to slide on August 5th will go live on July 31st. For August 12th and 19th, register the Monday leading up to the event (August 7th and August 14th , respectively). Also, relax courtesy of Vita Coco at the Beach Bar, listen to some music while sitting in beach chairs adjacent to a makeshift beach or play some corn hole toss with a friend or get focused over a large-scale game of jenga.

Adaptive Basketball and more at Foley Square:  Returning this year will also be the Wheelchair Sports Federation’s Adaptive Basketball activation and the DOT Hand-Cycle Demonstration.

Uptown Adventure Zone:  This year for the first time, an Adventure Zone will be positioned at the Uptown Rest Stop. Learn wilderness survival skills or tackle an Adaptive Obstacle Course and Bouldering Wall presented by Brooklyn Boulders Foundation. The I♥NY Pod will offer the public opportunities to discover unique sights and destinations right in New York State. Also at the Uptown Rest Stop, an Environmental Zone will host demonstrations on going green and saving our planet. In addition, a distinctive street seat entitled, Permaculture Parkway, designed by Josh Sarantitis will be positioned in the curb lane reclaiming a parking spot as public space. Participants can join in planting workshops alongside the designer to learn more about growing food and other multi-purpose plants in urban areas. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Uptown Zip-Line: Returning to the Uptown Rest Stop for the second year in a row is the popular 165-foot-long, 30-foot-high zipline. All interested participants must register on-site for a timeslot and are encouraged to arrive by 8 am to secure a spot to zip. While waiting on line, listen to music by the Honk Project, watch tricks and acrobatics by the Bryant Park Jugglers or participate in a Hula Hoop performance with The Hoop Movement all three Saturdays.

“Taste of Summer Sampling Zone”: Returning to the Midtown Rest Stop is the Taste of Summer Sampling Zone featuring a number of favorite food and drink brands – Cabot, Nuun, Yasso, Purity Organics, Noosa, Nature’s Path, as well as others. New to the Sampling Zone this year is a host of workshops and demonstrations hosted by Citymeals on Wheels, Local Roots, the South Bronx Farmers Market and the Coalition for Healthy School Foods. In addition, catch cooking demonstrations and diverse musical performances on the same stage by Phone Home, Moondrunk, Backtrack Vocals and many more. Also at the Midtown Rest Stop, DOT Safety Education will provide free bike helmet fittings for adults and children, and at the Uptown Rest Stop, will host a Safety Zone, which features the popular “Truck’s Eye View” and other safety education activities. Honest Tea will be bringing its Mobile Tea Garden, an immerse brand experience highlighting the impact of Fair Trade Certified and organic ingredients, to Summer Streets, as well as sampling its new organic sports drink, Honest Sport. The Citi Bike Squad will be on-site at the Midtown Rest Stop to answer questions about becoming a member and will offer a limited membership discount for new customers. Recycling programming and information will be provided on-site by GrowNYC as well as the NYC Department of Sanitation.

Paws and Play Dog Park and more:  Returning this year to the Astor Place Rest Stop on 4th Avenue and 9th Street is the popular Paws and Play Dog Park.  Bike rental will also return to the Uptown Rest Stop, Midtown Rest Stop and the Foley Square Rest Stop, along with bike repair at the Midtown Rest Stop and Soho Rest Stop, and bike valet at the Central Park Rest Stop, Uptown Rest Stop, Midtown Rest Stop and Foley Square Rest Stop.  Clif Kids is returning with the Clif Kids Pump Track at the Soho Rest Stop on Kenmare Street for kids to test their skills on a pump track. Ride over a number of obstacles, either with your own bike or one provided by Clif, and as a reward, grab a Clif bar as proof that you overcame this challenge.

Spinning Tops at Summer Streets 2016
Spinning Tops at Summer Streets 2016