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Mayor Adams launches “Summer of Possibility” with expanded streets program

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams has kicked off the city’s “Summer of Possibility,” a celebration of New York City’s unrivaled summer offerings.

This announcement comes at a time when crime is down, jobs are up, and the city is more livable than when the Adams administration took office.

The event, hosted by New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, unveiled the city’s largest-ever Summer Streets program. For the first time since its launch in 2008, the program will feature expanded operating hours across all five boroughs.

Nearly 20 miles of Summer Streets corridors will be open to pedestrians and cyclists for eight hours (from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM), marking a 33 percent increase from previous years. This expansion underscores the Adams administration’s commitment to enhancing this beloved summer program, building on the 2023 expansion that first brought Summer Streets to all five boroughs after being exclusive to Manhattan.

“New York City is back — and with our Summer of Possibility — there has never been a better time to enjoy the five boroughs,” said Mayor Adams.

“Whether you want to find a new job, enjoy a summer concert, or take part in our largest-ever summer streets program, our administration is working every day to ensure our city is working to give you the summer you want and deserve. This city is full of possibilities!”

Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi added, “New York City summers sizzle. Enjoy the hottest block party in the nation with nearly 20 miles of car-free Summer Streets. Afterwards, cool off in one of our dozens of pools, miles of beaches, or sprinkler playgrounds. There is non-stop fun on our boardwalks, and picnics and concerts in our city’s parks and green spaces.”

Summer Streets Program Highlights:

Expanded Hours and Locations: Summer Streets will now run for eight hours across nearly 20 miles of city streets, a significant increase from previous years. The program will take place over five Saturdays from July 27 through August 24.

New Routes: A new route will be introduced on Staten Island, running along Broadway from Richmond Terrace to Clove Road, connecting Clove Lakes Park to Corporal Thompson Park.

Dynamic Art Installations: DOT has released an open call to select up to two pieces of dynamic and engaging artwork to be installed as one-day activations throughout the event dates.

“Summer Streets shows New Yorkers how joyful and pleasant our streets become when we reallocate just a portion of our roads for people to stroll, bike, and play,” said DOT Commissioner Rodriguez. “Under the Adams administration, we’ve been working to make Summer Streets better and better with expansions year after year.”

Mayor Adams encourages all New Yorkers to come out and enjoy the city’s expanded public spaces and vibrant summer events.

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