It’s Car Free Streets Season in NYC

amsterdam_columbus.jpgPhoto: NYCDOT

Looks like we’re headed for a sunny weekend as NYC’s slate of summer car-free street events gets going. NYCDOT hasn’t updated their "Weekend Walks" site yet to show when and where all the neighborhood-scale street parties will be happening. But one of the first of 2010 is coming to Amsterdam Avenue from 106th Street to 110th Street this Sunday. Head over between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for "Manhattan Valley Family Days" — mural drawing, bike lessons for kids, live music, and lots of other stuff is on tap.

This part of Amsterdam will also go car-free next Sunday, May 23, which, as it happens, is the same day as the Amsterdam Avenue Festival a few blocks south. The Amsterdam Avenue Festival is organized by none other than bike lane obstructionist Andrew Albert and the West Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. You may never get a better chance to compare Weekend Walks and a street fair with more Italian sausage and iPod accessories than you can shake a stick at.

  • v

    Nice to see some young Duke fans.

  • Lisa

    The Upper West Side Streets Renaissance Campaign will be gathering handwritten letters in support of the DOT’s Columbus Avenue protected bike lane plan at both the Amsterdam Weekend Walks events (both Sundays) and the Amsterdam Festival. I’m sure Andrew Albert will love that. Please come by and add your letter to the pile!

  • Peter from Stuy Town

    Stevie said he was the king of all, Sir Duke. Unless you meant John Wayne?

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