NYC Earth Day road closures

The New York City Department of Transportation has announced that nine streets will be closed to car and truck traffic and opened to pedestrians as part of Car-Free Earth Day this weekend.

The fifth iteration of the environmental celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. 

"Every year, Car-Free Earth Day reminds us how important sustainability and the environment are to transportation and to the city as a whole," DoT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said in a statement. "New Yorkers should get out to enjoy the biggest Earth Day celebration ever."

The streets that will be closed to traffic and opened to pedestrians are:


  • Roberto Clemente Plaza, 3rd Avenue, 148th Street to 149th Street
  • Southbound Mosholu Parkway, Van Cortlandt Avenue East to Bainbridge Avenue


  • Tompkins Avenue, Gates Avenue to Halsey Street


  • Avenue B, East 6th Street to East 14th Street
  • Broadway, East 17th Street to West 42nd Street
  • Dyckman Street, Quisqueya Plaza to Dyckman Marina
  • St. Nicholas Avenue, 181st Street to 190th Street


  • 34th Avenue, 69th Street to 94th Street

Staten Island

  • Minthorne Street, Bay Street to Victory Boulevard

Citi Bike will also offer free one-day passes this Saturday for new riders.

New Yorkers will also be able to take part in activities across the city, like riding a pony with the Black Cowboys of Brooklyn, pop-up performances featuring Broadway performers, yoga and tai chi sessions, lessons in gardening and sustainability, and more. 

For more information, visit the Department of Transportation website.