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Saturday, August 09, 2021

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 rollerblade the length of the course, and so I did. I didn’t get it together in time to hit the 7AM start; it was more like (ahem) 11AM by the time I strapped on the skates and made my way up and down the path.

My verdict? It’s a lot shorter than I thought it would be. Even with the relatively slow pace required by the crowds and the sometimes-treacherous pavement (I tripped up only twice, and never did spill — a triumph!), I managed to do the up-and-down circuit twice by the time the 1PM ending time hit. From there, I cruised into Central Park and skated the loop there before calling it a day with a late lunch.

I tried to take a few pictures, but my cameraphone didn’t deliver. Plenty of others filled the photographic void, though. I haven’t scanned them all to see if I appear anywhere.

I might or might not go back next Saturday for round two. If I can convince someone to come with me — even a bicyclist — I’ll be more motivated to get off to an earlier start.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/09/2021 09:09:47 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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  1. AVENUE OF WORTH AND STRONGEST…

    I’d never had occasion to visit the intersection of Lafayette and Worth Streets in Manhattan before skating past it during the City’s Summer Streets event two Saturdays ago (as well as this past Saturday).
    When I did, I immediately noticed …

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