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Caroling on Park Avenue

The Park Avenue Tree Lighting entered it’s 70th year last night in front of The Brick Presbyterian Church. With probably a couple thousand New Yorkers in attendance, singing Christmas Carols in the bitter cold, the trees along Park Avenue, from the 50’s to 96th streets were lit up last night.

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Bikers and Pedestrians Rule! — Summer Streets NYC

Since 2008, on the first three Saturdays of August, New York City has closed Manhattan’s Park Avenue from E79th Street and down to Lafeyette Street in Greenwich Village to the Brooklyn Bridge. as a bike and pedestrian thoroughfare. Hundreds of thousands of City denizens take advantage of walking, running and biking the route, and stopping for some fun, entertainment, an interactive guide to the City’s Vision Zero program; and other activities along the way.

Summer Streets NYC has been a success from the start. It’s a chance to get in some exercise, take in the quiet of traversing what’s usually very busy, noisy avenues filled with car traffic; and have some fun along the way at various points.

There’s a musical art installation, Trumpet City, which has players along Park Avenue, a dog run and ASPCA adoption area, traffic safety “fair”, mini golf, a juggling and acrobatic interactive stop, and more. Additional information is found here.

Summer Streets NYC runs Saturday August 2, 8, and 16 from 7am to 1pm. If you’re in NYC, take some time to travel the route and enjoy.

Here are some images I took along the way yesterday.

Christmas Tree Lightings in NYC

It’s traditional this time of year to find several Christmas tree lightings going on all over the NYC now, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting, the most prominent and well-televised.

But there are many, relatively smaller, tree lightings happening around town. One that is most fun is the Park Avenue Tree Lighting, which has been going on for 69 years on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. This tree lighting first began as a tribute to the memories of soldiers lost in WWII, and now is held in  memory of all who have given their lives in wars.

One nice aspect of this tradition is the gathering of people in front of Brick Presbyterian Church, on 92nd St & Park Ave., where Park Avenue is closed to traffic and hundreds of people sing Christmas carols with the church’s youth choir; taps is played on a trumpet and the trees along Park Avenue are lit.

Here a few images from the tree lighting, taken with my Nikon 1 V2, as I was  a member of the crowd gathered on what was a slightly snowy night to add to the atmosphere.