Streetfilms: NYC Summer Streets 2009

This past Saturday, New York City DOT and partners kicked off the second year of Summer Streets, a six-hour car-free event stretching from 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge. DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan
estimated that twice as many people visited the route
compared to the first Summer Streets event last year.

If you missed
this installment of Summer Streets, don’t worry: You have two more chances
to experience the car-free bliss, on August 15 and 22.

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