Last month, Mayor Bloomberg and other City officials (along with Transportation Alternatives’ Paul Steely-White, cyclist Lance Armstrong and, strangely, musician David Byrne), announced the Summer Streets pilot project, which will close Lafayette Street/Park Avenue to traffic between the Brooklyn Bridge and 72nd Street for three Saturdays in August.
Now, community groups in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, including the Northside Merchants Association and Task Force members Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, as well as the website Billburg.com, have teamed up to bring a similar experiment to Bedford Avenue, the neighborhood’s main drag.
The project, called Williamsburg Walks, will close Bedford Avenue between Metropolitan Avenue and N. 9th Street to traffic on four consecutive Saturdays beginning July 19. The project’s website states, “If this four week experiment is a success, we hope to extend it and consider the possibility that Bedford Avenue could be closed every Saturday the same way Orchard Street has been closed on Sundays since the 60s.”
Interested in reclaiming a street from cars in your neighborhood? Check out the New York City Streets Renaissance (NYCSR)’s Block Party NYC page, where you can find a list of this summer’s NYCSR’s-sponsored block parties, and apply for a grant to host one next year.