People ride, run or walk along a car-free Park Avenue during Summer Streets last year. Credit: Emmanuel DunandAFP/Getty Images
Summer Streets returns this season with a sound installation in the Park Avenue tunnel, a massive trumpet performance and more than 80 blocks in Manhattan closed to car traffic for three Saturdays in August.
Lafayette Street and Park Avenue between Brooklyn Bridge and East 72nd Street at Central Park will be open to play, run, walk and bike on Aug. 2, 9 and 16 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the city announced Thursday.
Along the Summer Streets route, visitors can check out a new, interactive sound installation inside the Park Avenue tunnel. Norwegian artist Jana Winderen's "Dive" will create immersive soundscapes in the tunnel using underwater recordings from around the world.
A 165-foot-long, 25-foot-high zip line, a 25-foot-tall rock climbing wall and a nine-hole mini-golf course are returning to Summer Streets.
This year, Summer Streets will also include different musical performances each Saturday. On Aug. 2, a group of 91 trumpeters will be placed along Park Avenue from 45th to 72nd streets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"Seven miles of streets open this summer with activities that let New Yorkers and visitors see buildings, landmarks and art from new perspectives," Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in a statement.
The city also announced that car-free hours on Central Park drives north of 72nd Street will be extended from June 27 through Labor Day. North-south drives will be open exclusively to pedestrians and bikes during this time.
The Department of Transportation will also host Weekend Walks events, creating temporary pedestrian streets for activities across the five boroughs.
A different installation in the Park Avenue tunnel attracted long lines last year and more than 300,000 attended Summer Streets.