Monday, August 25, 2008

Summer Streets!

There are many annoying and frustrating things about living in New York City, but every once in a while, they are balanced out by something incredible. Something that is completely unique to New York and only has the real impact the it does because it takes place here. This Summer, the city started "Summer Streets" which is when Park Avenue is closed for 3 Saturdays in August. We saw everyone: Cyclists, Skate Boarders, Roller Bladers, Runners or anyone who just wanted to participate in the fun. It was amazing! We got a peek in to what life would be like without cars and I have to say, I wasn't missing much!

We started in Battery Park City, rode up Lafayette, through Chinatown, Soho and Union Square, then up Park Avenue through the Met Life building (which was the highlight), up to around 80th street, into Central Park around the Reservoir, stopped for brunch on the Upper West Side then down the bike path on the West Side Highway. We did the whole ride in a few hours. It was about 15 miles, I think. Here's a picture taken from the ramp before going through the Met Life Building.