The forecast is sunny and seasonable for Park(ing) Day 2011 here in New York City, so get ready to enjoy the annual celebration of the public spaces that are our neighborhood streets. At 34 locations in all five boroughs, New Yorkers will be taking over curbside parking spaces with installations that are by turns relaxing, playful, political and creative.
Some of the parking spaces will be used to showcase visions for even bigger changes to the transportation system. “Out With The Sheridan Distress-Way” will be found on the Bronx’s Southern Boulevard between Aldus Street and E. 163rd, while a “Vision of a North Shore Waterfront Greenway” will sit at the intersection of Bay Street and St. Mark’s Place on Staten Island. The “parking (e)scape” set up by Columbia urban planners on Broadway between 113th and 114th Streets sounds restful. “WonderWander,” found on Amsterdam Avenue between 83rd and 84th, is just plain intriguing. The full list can be found here for those looking for a nearby spot.
Park(ing) Day isn’t just a New York City celebration, or even an American one. The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, for example, is participating in Park(ing) Day projects in Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina; Bogotá, Columbia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ahmedabad, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Mexico City. We’ll be bringing you the best park-ins from around the globe tomorrow, so stay tuned.