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Summer Streets Will Bring a 300-Foot Water Slide, Zip Line to NYC Throughways

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Summer Streets will reclaim Manhattan streets for over-the-top activities the first three Saturdays of August

For the first three Saturdays in August, New Yorkers will be able to play and party along seven miles of mostly car-free streets in Manhattan. On Wednesday the city announced plans for its ninth annual Summer Streets program, which will bring a 300-foot-long inflatable slide, zip line, hammocks, and other activities like fitness classes and crafts workshop to stretches of Lafayette Street and Park Avenue between the Brooklyn Bridge and 72nd Street (h/t Gothamist).

Mark your calendars: Summer Streets will be happening on August 6, 13, and 20 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. All activities are free of charge and designed to cater to people of all ages and abilities. According to CBS, nearly 300,000 people attended the festivities last year.

"With Citi SummerStreets, and for the first time, Shared Streets, New Yorkers will be given another valuable resource to enjoy open space usually reserved for traffic." Mayor de Blasio said in a statement, :These programs will offer great opportunities to bike, walk, meet fellow New Yorkers, eat local food and enjoy activities with the family. This summer, I urge everyone to get out and take advantage of them."

The Department of Transportation is also rolling out a Weekend Walks program during which crowded streets are closed off to traffic for reveling. Throughout the year, organizations partnering with the city will host 106 days of events over 26 miles of street throughout the five boroughs.