Take a HikeSummer StreetsAugust 3, 10 and 17, between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Park Avenue and Lafayette Street will be closed, creating a uptown-downtown playground for walkers, runners and bikers. Expect, too, family activities and cultural options. The seven-mile route will have five rest stops, drawing an expected 300,000 people. The biggest draw may be streets without traffic — a simple concept that makes for a magic morning.
A Memorial MemoryFree Memorial Day Walking Tour Flatiron building meeting location:
23rd Street, just east of Fifth Avenue
May 26 at 11 a.m.
How are you planning to spend the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend? Miriam Berman, the author of “Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks” and a postcard book called “New York in Word and Images,” will lead a 90-minute walking tour. The walk, titled “From Decoration Day to Memorial Day,” underscores the history behind Memorial Day. One stop: Worth Monument, where presidents and foreign dignitaries have stopped to honor those who have served in war.