DNAinfo: Central Park Will Be Permanently Car-Free Above 72nd Street, Mayor Says

By Emily Frost

June 18, 2015

 The northern section of Central Park above 72nd Street will be permanently closed to cars beginning later this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.

The move follows years of calls from Upper West Side politicians and residents to close the green space to traffic...

City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal and Councilman Mark Levine, who is chairman of the Council's Parks Committee, have pushed for the entirety of Central Park to be car-free. They introduced a bill last year calling for the park to be car-free this summer, as well as for a study to be published this winter on the impact on traffic.

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