NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Summer Streets program is set to come back to New York for the first of three weekends in August.
As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the program features seven miles of closed roadways, and will feature architectural tours, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line, miniature golf, and other activities.
City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told 1010 WINS the festival will provide a fresh perspective to New Yorkers and visitors.
“One fun thing about the Summer Streets is you can stand in the middle of the street where there are often cars and get a fresh look at a lot of the historic buildings throughout the route in Manhattan,” she said.
The theme of this year’s festival is sound, Trottenberg explained.
“We’re going to have 91 trumpet players that will be standing in sort of a 20-block stretch, playing mysterious trumpet sounds,” she said.
And one very special Summer Streets feature is an audio installation in the Park Avenue tunnel just south of Grand Central Terminal, by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen.
“She goes around to all different countries around the world to capture underwater sounds using special technology — it’s called hydrophones,” said Emily Colasacco of the DOT
Colasacco said the exhibition will provide an opportunity to hear sounds otherwise not found on dry land.
“People will be able to walk through the tunnel through eight different habitats and experience those sounds, so it will be mammals, fish, glacier movements, water movements,” she said.
Colasacco said the idea is to take people out of New York City and into a new space.
The Summer Streets program stretches from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets. It will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day it is in progress.
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