June 12, 2024

Summer in New York City: Mayor Eric Adams Encourages New Yorkers to Embrace Outdoor Activities

New York City Mayor Eric Adams hosts “Talk with Eric: A Community Conversation.” Hunts Point Recreation Center, 765 Manida Street, Bronx, NY. Monday, May 22, 2023. Photo Credit: Benny Polatseck/Mayoral Photography Office
New York City Mayor Eric Adams hosts “Talk with Eric: A Community Conversation.” Hunts Point Recreation Center, 765 Manida Street, Bronx, NY. Monday, May 22, 2023. Photo Credit: Benny Polatseck/Mayoral Photography Office

With the arrival of summer in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams is urging residents to embrace the season and enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities the city has to offer. In an op-ed published today, Mayor Adams emphasized the importance of getting outside, staying active, and taking advantage of the improved experiences and new initiatives planned for the summer months.

“As the flowers bloom and the weather warms up, it’s time for New Yorkers to step outside and bask in the beauty of our city,” Mayor Adams wrote. “Whether it’s going for a run, taking a walk, or simply breathing in the fresh air, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than by embracing the outdoors.”

Mayor Adams highlighted several key improvements and initiatives aimed at enhancing the summer experience for residents. This year, a total of 72 parks across the five boroughs will undergo improvements, including renovated playgrounds, new skateparks, and cleaner spaces. To ensure the cleanliness of the parks, an additional 240 city employees will be dedicated to cleaning, graffiti removal, and trash collection during peak hours, effectively eliminating overflowing garbage cans and addressing the long-standing issue of rats.

“We understand the frustration caused by overflowing garbage cans and the presence of rats in our parks. This summer, we are taking definitive action to resolve these problems and create a cleaner and more enjoyable environment for all New Yorkers,” Mayor Adams stated.

For families, the city will host over 300 Movies Under the Stars screenings in parks throughout the five boroughs. These free outdoor movie screenings provide an opportunity for residents to gather with loved ones, relax on blankets, and enjoy classic films and popular movies on the big screen.

In addition to movie screenings, the city is investing in more activities at parks and playgrounds. The Kids in Motion program will provide fitness and fun for New York City children at 50 playgrounds citywide, while free classes will be available for children to learn about nature and the environment. Mayor Adams encouraged residents to visit the NYC Parks website to find out more about programming in their local parks.

Acknowledging the preference for indoor activities, the city is expanding the hours of operation at nine recreation centers, allowing more New Yorkers to engage in sports, swimming, dancing, and weightlifting on nights and weekends.

Mayor Adams also emphasized the expansion of the Open Streets program, which opens up streets across the city for community gatherings and activities. With Open Streets expanding to 160 locations this summer, residents can step outside their doors and enjoy food, games, music, and more with friends and neighbors. The mayor highlighted the addition of over 400,000 square feet of permanent pedestrian space in 2022, including six new pedestrian plazas, making it easier and safer for New Yorkers to enjoy their neighborhoods.

“There’s truly something for everyone in New York City during the summer months. From live concerts to food festivals, outdoor markets, and Broadway performances, our city offers an array of events and experiences,” Mayor Adams remarked.

He encouraged residents to visit the NYC Go website to discover the numerous events happening throughout the city and expressed his excitement about seeing New Yorkers out and about, embracing the summer season.

“Let’s make the most of this summer, enjoy all that our vibrant city has to offer, and create cherished memories with our friends, families, and neighbors. See you out there!” he said.

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