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Watch: Here’s what a car-free Newbury Street looks like

No autos allowed.

David Gilo and his son Nicholas play ping pong in the middle of a car-free Newbury Street last summer. Keith Bedford / Boston Globe

Car-free Newbury Street is closing out its second season this afternoon.

For three days this summer — July 23, August 13, and September 10 — the street closed down to vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to roam the road, check out the shops, and play games.

“Last year, Open Newbury Street was overwhelmingly positive for visitors and businesses alike, bringing thousands of people to the Back Bay neighborhood,” said Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement earlier this summer. “We’re excited to bring the idea back this year, so residents and visitors from all over can again enjoy Newbury Street for an afternoon, free of cars.”


In case you missed the festivities, here’s a look at what it’s like when Newbury Street is void of all cars:

We’re live from Newbury Street, where the last “Open Newbury” day of the year is taking place. Until 6pm, no cars allowed 🙅🏻🚙

Posted by on Sunday, September 10, 2017

And here’s what the July 23 event looked like:

Pedestrians only! We’re live from Newbury Street, where the city has shut down traffic for “Open Newbury Street.” Bostonians are strolling freely through the mile-long stretch of shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

Posted by on Sunday, July 23, 2017

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