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Park Avenue Stretch Closes to Traffic; Opens to Architecture!

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For the fourth year in a row, NYC DOT is shutting down Park Avenue and its connecting streets to vehicles and opening the corridor to pedestrians, cyclists, and archi-tourists. Tomorrow, August 6, is the first Summer Streets Saturday, with August 13 and 20 to follow. Summer Streets is a crash course in Architecture 101, tracing the route of "graceful late nineteenth-century buildings" to the standard bearers of modern architecture. FYI, the weather forecast for tomorrow is pretty much perfect.

Curbed-approved architecture highlights include the 1895 Engine Company No. 31 in Tribeca, Soho's Puck Building, Colonnade Row on Lafayette Street, our neighbor the Cooper Union, Calvary Church on Park Avenue, Mies and Philip Johnson's Seagram Building, and the opulent Parisian style of the Lycee Francais on East 72nd.
· Summer Streets Returns to New York City This Weekend [Walking Off the Big Apple]
· Summer Streets 2011 [NYC DOT]