Last weekend, we had a quick NYC get-away. We stayed at the 70 Park Avenue Hotel; an outpost of our favorite Kimpton chain. The Hotel is on Park at 38th Street, just a few blocks from Grand Central. A perfectly quiet and elegant neighborhood.
One thing that was not on our agenda was the surprise that awaited us when we went out on Saturday morning for coffee and to walk Sophia (our Bichon Francese); Park Avenue was closed to vehicular traffic and filled with walkers, runners and cyclists. We do wish we had brought our bikes.
We did not know that this was part of a program called NYC Summer Streets. Inhabitant has a post on the program today. If you can get out and enjoy Park Avenue like this for the last time this summer.
Urban Planning is a design discipline that we find important and compelling. This effort to make “the mean streets” of New York a bit more friendly is most welcome.
Special thanks to 70 Park for Sophia’s terrific welcome package. There is nothing like a dog-friendly hotel and a not-to-spoiled puppy.