New York

Here's What to Expect from JFK Airport's Upcoming Construction

Works will be underway starting July 8.

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Sorbis/Shutterstock
Sorbis/Shutterstock

NYC’s busiest airport will be getting a revamp starting soon. On July 8, construction to bring to life John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal One project-which will eventually incorporate Terminals 1, 2, and 3 into a massive new building-will finally begin, The Points Guy reports.

While the project isn’t set to be completed until 2030, work is already underway, and is likely to cause some significant disruption to travellers planning to visit the airport this summer.

On July 8, Green Garage at Terminals 1 and 2 will close. Those who have recently parked their cars at Green Garage shouldn’t worry, as the garage exit will remain open for at least two additional weeks after July 8, effectively allowing travellers to access their vehicles before the demolition begins.

As Green Garage gets demolished, the Red Garage will be available for travellers looking to park their car at either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. The Red Garage is located by Terminal 8, and travellers will need to board the AirTrain to reach Terminal 1.

Accessing Terminal 2 from the Red Garage, instead, will be a little more complicated. On July 8, the Terminal 2 AirTrain station will also close and cease operations, as the AirTrain service to Terminal 2 will be discontinued. For this reason, those looking to access Terminal 2 via AirTrain will either have to exit at Terminal 1 and walk on a covered outdoor pathway to Terminal 2, or they will need to exit at Terminal 4 and take the post-security shuttle bus that will bring them to Terminal 2.

Passengers who are planning to get to Terminal 2 via public transit should keep in mind the longer travel times and plan accordingly. For those who are looking to park their car at the airport, it is advised to book the parking spot online in advance. Finally, make sure to double check what terminal you are leaving from, as some Delta flights that usually leave from Terminal 2 could be redirected to Terminal 4 for departure.

The arrivals and departures hall and first set of gates for the new terminal building are scheduled to open in 2026, with the project wrapping construction four years later. Until then, expect some construction-related headaches.

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New York

Get Free Citi Bike Passes This Weekend for the Return of NYC's Summer Streets

The annual car-free event kicks off on August 6.

Photo courtesy of Summer Streets
Photo courtesy of Summer Streets
Photo courtesy of Summer Streets

New York’s favorite car-free event is back.

On August 6 and for the next two consecutive Saturdays (August 13 and August 20), Summer Streets will take over Park Avenue for a day of arts, culture, and, most importantly, no cars from 7 am–1 pm. Aimed at encouraging New Yorkers to celebrate the city’s streets in a more sustainable way, the annual car-free event will welcome participants to run, walk, play, and even bike along the route.

For the occasion, Citi Bike will be giving away free day passes on the first day of the event, on August 6. By using the code SUMMER22 in the Citi Bike app, New Yorkers will receive unlimited 30-minute rides on a classic Citi Bike for 24 hours, and will be able to join the Summer Streets celebration while helping out the environment.

Summer Streets will stretch along Park Avenue between the Brooklyn Bridge and East Harlem, and along the route, it will feature several wind-down areas, dubbed “Rest Stops.” Free performances, events, and art installations will take place there, and visitors will get the chance to find their favorite rest stop to have some fun.

At the Lafayette Street Rest Stop, between Duane and Worth Streets, Unlimited Biking will be providing free bike rentals for those participating in the Summer Streets event. There will be 100 complimentary bikes at three rest stops along the way. At Foley Square, a Topo Chico Beverage Zone will take over on August 6, and guests will be able to enjoy a DJ set from 10 am–1 pm for a proper dance party. Visitors can also choose to head over to the Fitness Class Stage in Cooper Square (between Wanamaker Place and 8th Street), where fitness classes will be open to anyone looking to get some movement in.

Summer Streets is free for anyone to attend. For more information and to check out a full list of event and performances, you can visit the Summer Streets website.

Here’s a map of this year’s route:

Image courtesy of NYC DOT
Image courtesy of NYC DOT
Image courtesy of NYC DOT

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