Brooklyn’s first “Shared Streets”
September 19, 2017
This month, in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership brings “Shared Streets” to the neighborhood - temporarily transforming Willoughby Street and Pearl Street from Jay Street to Fulton Street into a pop-up playground with activities, games, and music for all to enjoy.
Making its debut in Brooklyn, this pilot program seeks to make streets enjoyable – and shareable - for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike by replacing parking spaces with seating areas and reducing the speed limit to 5mph. But that’s not all! We’re programming a day full of fun, free, outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by all. Here’s the play-by-play:
- All day Downtown Brooklyn students, employees, shoppers and residents can enjoy all kinds of outdoor games, including shuffleboard, foosball, cornhole … to name just a few.
- Ping pong, already neighborhood favorite, is also part of Downtown Brooklyn Shared Streets. From 12-3PM, The Push offer free walk-up play for all.
- Topping off the festivities, as part of our DBP Presents series, Salsa September kicks off at 5PM. Salsa Salsa Dance Studio provides a free 20-minute dance class for those new to Salsa, then DJ John John spins the Latin beats for us all to dance the night away.
The best part is…we are doing it all again! Come out to Pearl Street from Fulton and Willoughby Street until Jay to see what other activities are in store. Wednesday 9/20 and 9/27 from 11am-8pm. See you there!
You can see Roger Clark of NY1’s coverage of Brooklyn Shared Streets here.