Summertime in New York City (NYC) is the best time of year to enjoy free events for people of all ages. So before the summer is over, you should take advantage of all of the free fun throughout the five boroughs.
One fun initiative is entitled Summer Streets, an annual celebration of Manhattan streets created by the NYC Department of Transportation. The idea behind the event is to provide recreational activities that encourage New Yorkers to use sustainable energy (like riding bikes) or just enjoy the splendor of walking throughout New York for seven miles in Manhattan between Park and Lexington Avenues. There are several rest stops along the way, each stop has an interactive program for everyone to enjoy.
For example, children can have a blast at the Arts and Cultural Workshops by Rudin Plaza on Park Avenue, or get in shape with the Kid Fitness Zone, which contains an obstacle course, healthy snacks, and fun activities for all ages. For those with an inte-rest in exploring the art and architecture of Park Avenue and beyond, they can join one of the many free historical walking tours by the Municipal Art Society. In Midtown, you can take a rest from your journey and enjoy diverse musical performances on a stage between Park and Madison Avenues. At Astor Place’s rest stop, you can have an adventure riding your bike over small wooden ramps, or even climb a bouldering wall. For more information about Summer Streets visit: nyc.gov /summer streets
Pop-up activities are the new trend to appear throughout New York City. Creativity Cubed, a free public event suitable for all ages, presented by the Village Alliance in partnership with artist Mark John Smith, popped up in Astor Place last month with a fun initiative for everyone to appreciate. The event gave away T-shirts, which were pinned on a wooden cube mural for all to spray-paint and use cloth markers to draw on. “Share your creativity cubed moment,” was the theme of the event. To find out about more programs like Creatively Cubed visit: fabnyc.org/archive/creativity-cubed-2018/
In Brooklyn there are plenty of free pop-up events (see www.event brite.com/d/ny—new-york/pop-up/ for more programs). On August 11, there will be a Mayan Creation Pop-up event that will allow you to bask in the amazing art and history of Mesoamerica in a Bushwick gallery from 12 pm to 11pm. (The address is: Starr Gallery, 20A Starr Street, first floor.) In addition to the amazing Mayan artwork, there will be a selection of painters, sculptors, poets, filmmakers, musicians, and Dylan and Sonja & Friends will be performing live. For more information about this event, visit: dylanandsonja.wixsite.com/mayancreationpopup
The current heat wave we are experiencing marks the perfect time to enjoy a dip in the pool. Why not take a dip in the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s pop-up pool. The pool is about 3.5 feet deep, which is fun for families and swimmers of all ages. If you are interested in cooling off at this pool, which also features affordable swimming lessons for child-ren by the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Conservancy, it’s open from 10 am to 6pm (45 minute sessions, so that everyone can enjoy this hidden gem in Brooklyn). For more information visit: www.brooklynbridgepark.org/attractions/pop-up-pool
Many of these events will end once the summer is over, so take advantage of all the free splendor New York City has to offer.
Photos Courtesy of Dean Moses and Listed Program Websites.