Sometimes it’s nice to have a place to park yourself.
Today is the fifth annual Park(ing) Day, a world-wide event that reclaims parking spots along busy streets and transforms them into engaging, people-friendly public spaces for one day out of the year.
The initiative was started in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2005, after residents took over a small spot on Bedford Avenue.
This first “parking spot squat” turned out to be a hit and now Park(ing) Day has spread to the West coast and around the world.
Luckily, a few of these “parks” popped up close to our neighborhood. One group of squatters near West 4th Street “planted” some trees in their park along Sixth Avenue, while a TriBeCa squatter installed a white picket fenced yard.
On this day, you never know where a little park will suddenly sprout, offering you a quick retreat from the city’s congested streets.