Our work at NYC Street Festivals
In recent years, more and more NYC neighborhood groups are asking the city’s Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) for permission to close off local streets on weekends so that they can create events where residents can come together. There are now over 120 of these community street events called “Weekend Walks” happening in neighborhoods across the city April through December—from Woodside Ave in Queens, to Westchester Square in the Bronx, to Forest Ave in Staten Island. And the number continues to grow because communities love them.
We admire the local groups creating these events. They want to change what’s on the street to better reflect what they aspire for themselves and for their neighborhoods. And they are asking for our help to do it. We’ve teamed up with NYC DOT to offer special programming at these events, including a dedicated pop-up reading room and our EXPLORE program. Here’s our schedule so far. However there is plenty of opportunity to provide even more and raise the bar on what these events can mean to NYC communities.