I have one more thing to say about this phrase ¨the streets rolled up after a while¨. When I look at the context, Dan and Jeff´s interpretations here don´t quite make sense to me. Instead, I think what is being referred to is changes that happened in New York city over time, such as gentrification. The context suggests that this ¨rolling up¨ is not a daily or periodic phenomenon in New York, but it was a process (simple past tense) that is now complete, meaning that New York is boring now so the speaker has moved on to a city that is more fun.
Or else, the speaker has a private jet, and when the streets rolled up in New York on one particular evening, he/she flew to Las Vegas to continue partying. But if we are talking about the streets rolling up every evening, we will probably use the present tense instead of the past, for the verb ¨roll¨.