Car-Free Earth Day celebrations return once again after pandemic hiatus

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DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announces the return of Car-Free Earth Day in Times Square. Photo credit New York City Department of Transportation

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City is restarting its annual Car-Free Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 23 after two years off due to the pandemic.

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In the past, the program only closed streets to cars in Manhattan, but this year the celebration will expand to all five boroughs.

Though this year’s festivities are technically an expansion, only 3.8 miles of the city’s roughly 8,000 miles of streets are participating, according to Streetsblog NYC.

The streets that are closed to cars will host live music, art, educational programs and other family friendly Earth Day-oriented activities.

Check out the list of participating streets below:

Manhattan
-Avenue B between East Sixth and East 14th streets
-Broadway between East 17th and West 42nd streets
-St. Nicholas Avenue between 181st and 190th streets

Brooklyn
-Tompkins Avenue between Gates Avenue and Halsey Street

The Bronx
-Mosholu Parkway between Van Cortlandt Avenue East and Bainbridge Avenue

Queens
-4th Avenue between 69th Street and Junction Boulevard

Staten Island
-Minthorne Street between Bay Street and Victory Boulevard

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Featured Image Photo Credit: New York City Department of Transportation