The city is putting the brakes on cars in Prospect Park. Starting July 6, cars will be permanently banned from the park’s West Drive. Right now cars are allowed on West Drive during evening rush hour on week days. Cars will still be allowed on the park’s East Drive, which runs northbound from Park Circle to Grand Army Plaza, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on week days.
Cars will also be permanently banned in Central Park north of 72nd Street starting June 29, according to the mayor. While many greeted news that Central Park will become permanently car-free above 72nd Street with great excitement, others said they were “disappointed” that the no-traffic zone didn’t extend farther south. The move follows years of calls from Upper West Side politicians and residents to close the green space to traffic. The park’s transverse roads will remain open to cars and emergency and park vehicles will have access to the roads along the upper loop, the mayor’s office said.