Activities like ziplining and rock climbing are great ways to get outside during the summer, but usually you have to get out of the city to to give them a shot. Except for New Yorkers and tourists who’ll be in town this month, who don’t need to go anywhere. That’s because NYC Summer Streets, the annual car-free block party on Lafayette St and Park Ave, from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, is back for another three Saturdays of fun.
That’s seven miles of streets, with a lot going on. Try biking, rollerblading, yoga, art installations, tai chi, skateboarding, a giant picnic sponsored by Whole Foods, and other activities, all designed as part of a fun, fit, healthy lifestyle.
But the most fun – and popular – feature is likely to be the zipline at Foley Square. At 160 feet, it’s no match for some of the world’s biggest and fastest, though the trill of flying through a natural canyon should be matched by a canyon of skyscrapers. Then there’s the 25′ rock climbing wall outside the REI in Soho, which is the closest to feeling like Spiderman you’re likely to come.