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Wednesday, June 18, 2021

If I needed another excuse to fix my barely broken-in rollerblades, this is it: The city will be shutting down automobile traffic on seven miles of Manhattan streets for three Saturdays in August, creating a pedestrian roaming-range:

The route will run north-south along Centre Street, Lafayette Street, Fourth Avenue and Park Avenue to 72nd Street. The southern half of 72nd Street from Park Avenue to Fifth Avenue will also be shut to vehicles, to link to Central Park.

[Mayor] Bloomberg and the transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, said the idea was to make the streets a haven for walkers, cyclists and others. Fitness, dance and yoga classes will be held along the route, and there will also be places to rent bicycles.

Any chances of some pickup hockey games along this granola-flavored zone? If so, I’ll bring along my stick!

Only negative I see: The rules will be in effect only from 7AM to 1PM. I presume that’s meant to minimize the general traffic snarls and potential loss of commerce. But come on — I don’t really get rolling on Saturdays until noon. I’d rather have at least a couple of extra afternoon hours, even if that means a later morning start time.

There’s a big deal being made about closing off all that concrete to cars. It’s hardly unprecedented, as there are summer street festivals in midtown (5th Avenue and elsewhere) just about every weekend, not to mention the steady stream of parades. Drivers in Manhattan should be accustomed to such limitations.

I’ve taken a whack at Google Mapping this route; mileage is off, but it’s more or less accurate:

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by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/18/2008 12:06:47 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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  1. SKATING MANHATTAN’S SUMMER STREETS…

    Incredibly, I managed to remember today’s kickoff of New York City’s Summer Streets, which turned over seven miles of Manhattan roadways to pedestrian-only traffic (except for some traffic-controlled cross-streets).
    I had intended to roller…

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