The rock-climbing, zip-lining, architectural-touring, meditative-perambulating, solace-steeping ritual that is Summer Streets will return for three consecutive Saturdays. On August 2nd, 9th, and 16th, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the DOT is declaring a holiday from the noisy, noxious, death machines on seven miles of road; Park Avenue and Lafayette Street from East 72nd down to Chambers Street. But wait, there's more.

The DOT is also sponsoring Weekend Walks in every borough throughout the summer, which will offer limited road closures for block parties, strolls, ambles, sashays, dawdles, rambles, wanders, and boogies (Yes Virginia, there IS an ACTUAL BOOGIE). Check back here for the full schedule.

While the Foley Square zip line, REI rock wall, Uptown mini golf, and Whole Foods Picnic Area are all back in similar form, this year's Park Avenue sound tunnel will be fitted to the specifications of Norwegian artist Jana Winderen, "who will create eight different immersive soundscapes in the tunnel that use recordings from shallow to deep underwater environments in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Canada, USA, Thailand, the Caribbean and areas of the Pacific."

If sounds are your thing, you'll want to check out “Trumpet City: Park Avenue.”

Musician Craig Shepard will position 91 trumpeters along Park Avenue between 45th-72nd streets on Aug. 2 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for a unique sound performance. Each block will feature up to four trumpet players playing Shepard’s original composition in sync.

Are you sitting down? This year's architectural walking tour will feature LIVE historians at different landmarks, in addition to highlights featuring historical monuments and contemporary art.

Did we mention that beginning Friday, June 27 through Labor Day, there will be NO CARS ALLOWED on Central Park's Drives north of 72nd Street?

Get all your Summer Streets info here, including the stuff we didn't mention (free bike helmets, safety demos, Truck's Eye View [PDF], dancing & arts and crafts) and get excited.

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