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Published August 3, 2023

NYC's Car-Free Summer Streets Event: Everything You Need to Know

Summer Streets is back for 2023 with five car-free days across all five boroughs. Find all the details here. ☀️⛹️‍♀️🚲

by New York Bucket List


A true New York summer isn't complete without a few key things: catching an outdoor movie, getting a soft serve cone from Mister Softee, cooling off at the pool, and spending a day at Summer Streets. The annual car-free tradition has been going strong for 15 years, and for good reason. From food and drink vendors, artisan sellers, free workshops, and a host of recreational activities, Summer Streets is an event that shouldn't be missed. Here's everything you need to know:


NYC's Summer Streets 2023

What is Summer Streets?

Summer Streets is a car-free celebration that transforms some of the city's iconic streets into pedestrian paradises. New Yorkers can experience the city in a whole new way, free from the usual hustle and bustle of traffic, and instead filled with community events and activities from cycling and rock climbing to dancing and live music. Last year, over 500,000 people participated in the program, and this year, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with an additional 20 miles of car-free space and expansion into Queens, Staten Island, and Harlem.

When and Where is Summer Streets Happening?

Summer Streets 2023 will happen on five Saturdays through July and August in all five boroughs between 7 am and 1 pm. Find the dates and location details below:

Summer Streets: Queens - July 29, 2023
Vernon Boulevard between 44 Drive and 30 Road

Summer Streets: Staten Island - July 29, 2023
Richmond Terrace, from York Avenue to Bard Avenue

Summer Streets: Manhattan - August 5, 12, and 19, 2023
From Brooklyn Bridge to West 125 Street:

  • Lafayette Street and Park Avenue between Brooklyn Bridge and East 109 Street
  • East 109 Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • 5th Avenue between East 109 Street and Central Park North
  • Central Park North between 5th Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard
  • Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard between Central Park North and West 125 Street

Brooklyn - August 26, 2023
Eastern Parkway between Grand Army Plaza and Buffalo Avenue

The Bronx - August 26, 2023
Grand Concourse, from East Tremont Avenue to Mosholu Parkway

Admission to Summer Streets

Admission and participation in Summer Streets is FREE and open to the public. The car-free event is meant to foster a sense of community and collaboration, as well as put an emphasis on sustainable transportation—so walking, biking, and using public transportation is recommended.


Find more information on this year's Summer Streets event here.


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