When I popped out of the Subway at Spring Street, there was an immediate and unavoidable rush of people with which I got dragged along. The police barricades and cones were of no help in protecting me from this unidentified and unstoppable throng of people. I eventually made my way to the sidewalk where I was reminded that this was all for Summer Streets. For a few days in August the city closes down a stretch of road starting with Lafayette downtown, up to 4th Avenue and continuing along Park Avenue to the Upper East Side, allowing people to roam the street freely. This only happens for a few hours at a time, but it's all a bit confusing if you're unaware of what's going on. All the signs I saw had a posted end time of 2pm, however at 1pm it looked as though the police were already getting prepared to re-open for traffic.
The small triangular park formed by Centre Street on the other side is known as Petrosino Square and recently saw a full renovation. Sitting on the edge of NoLita and SoHo it's not surprising to see how trendy this small block has become – as evidenced by One Kenmare Square and its wavy, glassy front.