Few streets in Buenos Aires are as emblematic as Corrientes Avenue, with its variety of theaters, bars, restaurants, stores, entertainment venues, as well as the imposing Obelisk that marks the spiritual center of the city. Now, Argentina’s answer to Broadway was relaunched to compete with its New York sibling.
Corrientes Avenue: More Pedestrian Friendly
After 15 months of work, planning and an investment of 275 million Argentine pesos, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires officially opened the “New Corrientes” to the delight of all citizens and visitors. The seven city blocks between Callao and Cerrito have been renovated to allow improved travel on foot and become exclusive to pedestrians at night. (7:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.)
As a result, Corrientes now has a wide pedestrian path, ideal for frequent passers-by and those who only come for a night of drinks and stand-up. The avenue also has two lanes for daytime vehicular transport travenling West to East, as well as multiple stations on the Subte B subway line. “Pathways such as Avenida Paulista Aberta de San Pablo or London’s Exhibition Road were taken as references; as wel as Times Square in New York,” according to the official press release from the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.
A Spectacular Celebration
The official inauguration event of the New Corrientes took place last Saturday April 13 with a massive celebration. The new pedestrian path was revealed from behind a huge stage curtain at 6:00 p.m. Then the avenue filled with shows, outdoor theater, music, dance and more than 350 artists interacting with the crowds.
Activities included musical acts in the street’s balconies, street theater, contests, dance troupes, tightrope walkers, as well as the Academy Orchestra from the Colón Theater’s Instituto Superior de Arte (located in Corrientes near Rodríguez Peña). Students from the various disciplines taught at the Institute also showed their talent to the crowds.
The New Corrientes Opening Event is over, but the new Corrientes for pedestrians is waiting for you. Visit it and enjoy whenever you please. Regardless of the day and time, you will surely find something fun to do.
Recommendations in Corrientes
- Metropolitan Sura Theater
- Buenos Aires Grill
- Paseo La Plaza
- La Fainá
- San Martín Cultural Center
- Guerrín Pizzeria
- Walk of the Stars
- Bombonella (Artisanal Chocolate House)
- Arcor Center
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Corrientes Avenue, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina