Weekend Walks 2010: Car-Free Streets Coming to 18 Nabes. L’Chaim!

Fulton_crowd_at_fashion_show.jpgTaking in the Fab Fest fashion show on Fulton Street last week. Photo: NYCDOT

The 2010 schedule for NYCDOT’s Weekend Walks is up, and there are 18 car-free streets to check out this summer. While some merchants managed to shrink one of the original neighborhood car-free events — Williamsburg Walks — down to one weekend, elsewhere local business groups are taking the lead to create
temporary spaces for people to enjoy their neighborhoods free from traffic. Overall it’s a big expansion compared to last year’s 13 sites.

Tomorrow, you can watch the the USA-England World Cup grudge match on a giant screen in the middle of Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights, which goes car-free from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Edward Morgan Place in Washington Heights, and Port Richmond Avenue on the north shore of Staten Island all get some streetlife-affirming time without traffic.

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