Scooters to Take Over Midtown's Hidden Pedestrian Plazas

By Jill Colvin on October 14, 2011 7:35pm 

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A rendering of "Tour de Scoot" by Christina Kelly.
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Christina Kelly

MIDTOWN — Get your scooters ready.

Friends of Privately Owned Public Spaces (F-POPs) is teaming up with the West 54th/55th Street Block Association and Open House New York for a scooter parade through Midtown's public plazas Saturday morning.

The event, which is geared to kids five and under, will run through the little-known pedestrian arcades that run all the way from West 51st Street to West 57th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

Other events planned along the route include a discussion about privately owned public spaces, performance artists and the brass ensemble Hungry March Band.

"We're excited," said F-POPs founder Brian Nesin, who said he hopes the "Arcade Parade" will help draw attention to the plazas, which the group has dubbed the "Holly Whyte Way" in honor of public space advocate William Whyte.

Parents and kids who want to participate in the scooter event are being asked to meet in the arcade on West 53rd Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues by Remi Restaurant at 10:45 a.m. for scooting, coffee and prizes.

The parade, accompanies with a band, is scheduled to arrive at about 11:15 a.m., when the scooters will join in

More details are available here.

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