This past weekend NAG hosted the 3rd annual Williamsburg Walks, an amazing street festival which celebrates our public space. Bedford Avenue was shut down to car traffic from N4th to N9th, allowing more room for pedestrians and whatnot. There was a bevy of activities; a whole block dedicated to the lil ones, a public art competition, live music, a great spot to watch the World Cup, walking tours, skillshares, and lots of spontaneous happenings.
The Southside CSA hosted a Picnic Block from N4th to N5th. Thanks to Jungle we had a grassy lawn, chill-out chairs, shady trees and a serious lounge area. We had a big communal picnic blanket and lots of members joined us in celebrating the hustle and bustle of Bedford in a new way. Big thanks to all the volunteers who came out, esp those who stayed for clean-up and the big sod removal!!
We had an absolute blast and want to thank all the organizers for their hard work, esp Gregor. Cheers! It was a great time rethinking our public space. We whole heartedly support the Livable Streets movement and look forward to even more weekend experiments of pedestrian plazas. Gotta love thinking about urban sustainability and incubating progressive ideas on the neighborhood level. Hopefully there is a NYC Ciclovia and a network of street plazas in the future of our city…Viva la Williamsburg Walks!