Posted in music on June 2, 2009

Car Free Times Square (BF 09)
Times Square

In addition to the car free Times Square, which started Memorial Day weekend and will run at least till the end of the year (see article below), New Yorkers and tourists will get more chances to enjoy pedestrianized city streets.

One of those comes in August...

NYC DOT and our partners are proud to present Summer Streets. We will temporarily close Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to motor vehicles and open it up to people on three consecutive TBA Saturdays in August.
Check out the Summer Streets route below.

Then in Brooklyn...

The L Magazine and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) have partnered this year to organize the 2009 Williamsburg Walks. We invite North Brooklyn residents, visitors and merchants to celebrate the community on a pedestrian Bedford Avenue: Williamsburg's lively main drag will be closed to cars between North 4th and North 9th Streets every Saturday from June 6th to July 11th from noon to sunset.
The second week of Williamsburg Walks on Saturday, June 13th will coincide with the Northside Festival. That afternoon, the shows happening a few blocks away include O'Death at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and, a few doors down at Public Assembly, Aaron Behrens (of Ghostland Observatory), Motel Motel, Henry Wolfe; Back room: Mia Riddle, Geoff Ereth and jacksonknife.

More info on the traffic free areas below...

Summer Streets
Summer strets

Summer Streets will take place for three consecutive Saturdays in August from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm. The route will connect the Brooklyn Bridge with Central Park and there will be recommended connections to the Hudson River Greenway, allowing participants to plan a route as long or short as they wish.

This event takes a valuable public space - our City's streets - and opens them up to people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Summer Streets provides more space for healthy recreation and is a part of NYC's greening initiative by encouraging New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation.

Modeled on other events from around the world including Bogotá, Colombia's Ciclovia, Paris, France's Paris Plage, and even New York's own Museum Mile, this event will be part bike tour, part block party, a great time for exercise, people watching, and just enjoying summer mornings.

This event is for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully. [NYC]

Williamsburg Walks
Area non-profits and businesses will be organizing events and activities - acoustic music, urban gardening, children's classes, performances, and many more - and the June 13th date coincides with The L's Northside Music and Arts Festival, which will bring even more public programming to the neighborhood.

This year, we're hoping to make the event even more enjoyable for the neighborhood--feedback was collected during the successful 2008 season that has informed many of this year's improvements. We invite you to give your opinion and share your concerns to make this year a success.

Williamsburg Walks is also a great opportunity to support the community. Click here to learn about volunteering this summer.

If you or your organization would like to contribute to Williamsburg Walks (organize activities, donate street furniture, etc.), please email williamsburgwalks@gmail.com with your suggestions.

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Comments (32)

too bad the l train is in such a state of disrepair

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 1:50 PM

more strollers please. bedford on weekends has nowhere near enough strollers.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 1:56 PM

God, what is that older guy who drives around singing 'oldies' out loud from his car gonna do when they shut Bedford down for a weekend. oh no!

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 2:03 PM

He's going to drive down Roebling, Driggs, Berry, Wythe doin it.
BTW, I heard he's a pervert.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 2:26 PM

yeah that oldies guy gives me the heebie jeebies

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 2:53 PM


someone needs to carjack that fool - he's a total buzz kill

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 2:59 PM

August 9, 16, & 23 are not Saturdays.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 3:31 PM

N7th Street preacher is psyched.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 3:39 PM

"August 9, 16, & 23 are not Saturdays. "

Thanks. it is happening this year again, but ends up those were last year's dates. Changed to TBA Saturdays.

Posted by brooklynvegan | June 2, 2009 3:46 PM

Maybe we will all finally fall in love, now that we need not squeak by thin sidewalks, and have a mighty river of Passion to swallow us hole.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 3:49 PM

^^ I like this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 4:44 PM

^^^that facebook fuck...

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 5:01 PM

what about the old guy on the bike with the giant radio blasting Puerto Rican ballads? I'll be pretty sad if he isn't rolling down Bedford.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 5:08 PM

How about a mustache-free Bedford Avenue?

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 5:14 PM

If they can only make Bedford Ave hipster (fixed gear) bike free.

Look at me, I'm trendy!

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 5:25 PM

Anon 5:08

Please explain.

-Anon 4:44

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 5:41 PM

Now that's going to be strange, seeing a fairly busy street without cars.

Posted by Ajlouny | June 2, 2009 11:08 PM

*How about a mustache-free Bedford Avenue?

*If they can only make Bedford Ave hipster (fixed gear) bike free.

Look at me, I'm trendy!

And no pompous full beards of holy supremacy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:11 AM

NOt bad. Tell me more imformation please.

Posted by true religion jeans | June 3, 2009 5:53 AM

"If they can only make Bedford Ave hipster (fixed gear) bike free."

The fixies sure are annoying. Is it a requirement to ride them wearing skinny jeans and star/bird tattoos? I want to look different ... by looking like everyone else.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 9:32 AM

i love the car-free picture of times square. it's not much of a pedestrian WALKway. sort of depressing that everyone chooses to sit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 10:45 AM

where am i going to drive my hummer now?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 11:08 AM

anna maria's sucks!

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | June 4, 2009 10:19 AM

Now that's going to be strange, seeing a fairly busy street without cars

Posted by infants | November 9, 2009 12:12 AM

Never visited it before, but I'd like to join this year. The street looks really overloaded with people like with cars )) hope there will not be any traffic jams with those blue strollers ?))

Posted by Car Mats | June 9, 2010 12:37 PM

I love it when they close the car traffic in the center of my city. It's like a totally new place, without all the commotion and the noise of a regular day. The sidewalk is not so crowded anymore and I don't have to wait for the light to turn green to cross the street.

Posted by Donate Car | November 4, 2010 4:17 PM

This is way cool!!
I think im going to attend this! No cars!!!!!

Posted by kara | February 23, 2011 3:25 PM

Let me guess... no smoking, too.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2011 3:40 PM

It reminds me of the critical mass bike ride, only this is a critical mass of sitting :)

Posted by Andrew | April 5, 2011 3:24 PM

I like the idea and it would be fun but I don't think the people living in the neighborhood would like that idea so much. I guess once in a while with no car is good, environmentally and socially.

Posted by Cliff | February 21, 2012 1:44 PM

*How about a mustache-free Bedford Avenue?

*If they can only make Bedford Ave hipster (fixed gear) bike free.

Look at me, I'm trendy!

And no pompous full beards of holy supremacy.

Posted by Ge Profile Clothes Dryers | January 10, 2013 7:27 PM

It's cool that they aren't allowing traffic through there. In my opinion, they should cut traffic from there permanently, but I know that would be very bad for commuters and cause multiple problems with transportation in other parts of the city.
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