Tunnel will host pedestrians and art as miles of NYC streets will be closed Saturday

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The annual Summer Streets kicks off this Saturday, August 3 and will run the next two weekends.

A nearly 7-mile stretch of Park Ave in Manhattan will be closed. For the first time ever, the Park Avenue tunnel will host an art exhibit.

The events are free and open to the public.

Traffic be warned.

The NYC Department of Transportation organizes the event. The website describes it this way: as “the annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in the summer, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2012, more than 250,000 people took advantage of the open streets.”

It runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets.