What is Summer Streets in NYC?
It’s when New York City closes Park Avenue to car traffic from 72nd St. to Chamber St. for the first three Saturdays in August. The street is shared by bicycles, runners, walkers, scooters, unicycles, rollerskates—if it rolls it goes.
I rode Summer Streets for about an hour from 7-8am. Get there early and you can go fast. I found the area between 39th St. and 14th St. had the smoothest pavement. I did four runs and a little extra—all on one battery charge. Watch your battery closely, kids! If it goes below 0%, it won’t charge and you’ll need to jump start it or send it back to Boosted.
For me, Boosted Boards are all about making turns. I like to loosen my trucks and lean into the centrifugal force. It’s fun to play with your stance: wider vs. narrow and lower stance vs. taller. A surfer/musician named Donnovan Frankenreiter popularize a turn with straight legs and more bending at the ankle, with arms relaxed by your sides. It invokes a soulful feel and can be seen in his parts in the Drive Thru series.
After bombing Park Ave, I took the 7 train to Gantry Plaza Park in Long Island City Queens for free yoga in the park hosted by The Yoga Room and Lulu Lemon. Got to stay limber for the next sesh.
Stoked for next year!