Summer Streets, the annual program that lets pedestrians and cyclists takeover major roadways in New York, is already awesome, but this year, it will be even better: a 270-foot water slide will join the lineup, according to the New York Post. Nearly seven miles of city streets from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge (mostly via Park Avenue and Lafayette Street) will be free of cars for three Saturdays in August, and past years have included free snacks, a rock wall, and a zip line. This year, you'll be able to get wet and wild at Foley Square, courtesy Slide the City.
The Foley Square water slide is officially called Vita Coco Beach (as in the Vita Coco coconut water) and while it's not the 1,000-foot-long slide we hoped for, it's still pretty great. If you want to go down the slide, you have to register in advance and show up half an hour early. Registration for August 1 is already open. Registration for August 8 opens on August 3, and registration for August 15 opens on August 10. You only get to go down the slide once, but it's completely free.
Vita Coco Beach will also provide coconut water, the ability to "transport yourself to a beach using virtual technology," palm trees, and a misting station.
Summer Streets runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 1, 8, and 15. All Summer Streets activities are free of charge. City officials said more than 300,000 people took part in 2014.
—Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.
· Slide the City NYC Registration [Official]
· Summer Streets [Official]
· Giant water slide added to this year's Summer Streets lineup [NYP]
· All Summer Streets coverage [Curbed]