The team at Marathon Consulting love living and working in the Greater New York area. During the first three Saturdays of August (3rd, 10th and 17th), Summer Streets opens nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets for people to play, walk, bike, and enjoy spending time outside. The car-free route runs up Lafayette St. and Park Ave. from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park. In 2012, more than 250,000 people enjoyed the open streets.

The event is part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party. Festivities begin bright and early at 7 am and go until 1 pm each Saturday. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge and located at six different rest stops along the route. You’ll find climbing walls, dance performances, free bike rentals and more. The six stops are:

> Uptown

> Park Avenue Tunnel

> Midtown

> Astor Place

> Soho Place

> Foley Square

Voice Tunnel is the Main Event for Summer Streets 2013.

Voice Tunnel will give pedestrians the opportunity to enjoy an interactive light-and-sound installation by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. You will be able to influence the intensity of the lighting by speaking into a special microphone at the center of the tunnel. Your voice will be recorded and the volume of your speech will change one of the 180 lights spread through the tunnel. It looks pretty cool!

If you can’t make it into Manhattan for Summer Streets, check out the NYC Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walk program. Over 20 different walk sites are scheduled across all five boroughs through October. You’ll find tons of activities like local music, arts & crafts, and youth classes.

Are you going to Summer Streets this year? Let us know if you have any tips in the comments section below.

Photo credit: Crowded Summer Streets by Marianne O’Leary

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