Two events, happening at the same time, were posted side-by-side on the website Souldish: High Frequency Culture. Though, the event that is listed first was not planned first.
In New York City, the Department of Transportation [DOT] will be closing streets to car traffic as part of a program called Summer Streets, to celebrate (and experiment with) livable, car-free streets. The event will happen for three consecutive Saturdays, and one of those days is August 8th. That event — complete with a write-up about the joy of cycling, and a mention of Mayor Bloomberg as a presenter — is listed in Souldish.
The event that is listed at Souldish previous to Summer Streets, but was planned in serendipitous response to the DOT program, is a Reverend Billy Talen for Mayor block party and petition mob. Reverend Billy is running against Mayor Bloomberg in the fall. Though, that didn’t stop Reverend Billy and his supporters from making good use of the city’s vehicle-free day.
Reverend Billy event listing at Souldish:
Whose Summer Streets? Our Summer Streets!
12pm [noon] campaign headquarters 250 Lafayette st. We are launching a sweeping horde of petitioners across the city this Saturday August 8th, come fortify yourself, enjoy a vehicle free Summer street in front of headquarters, meet the campaign, Get Billy on the Ballot. At 1 pm sharp we launch the 5000 Signatures in One Hour Petition Challenge.
100 people / 1 hour simultaneous petition drive. The signature drive to get Billy on the ballot is the very most important part of the campaign. Saturday we go over the top. Some of the fun we have lined up: dj’s, baked goods, live screen printing, WVRB Radio broadcasting live drawing stations and more.
Reverend Billy Event
250 Lafayette St