NYC’s Central Park to become permanently car-free

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced, beginning June 27, cars will be banned on Central Park’s Center Drive, Terrace Drive, East Drive and West Drive, making the park permanently car-free.
The move is intended to reduce air pollution and improve safety in the park, where more than 42 million people visit each year for exercise or leisure. The transverse roadways at 65th, 79th, 86th and 97th Streets will not be affected, as they were built into the park’s original design.
“For more than a century, cars have turned parts of the world’s most iconic park into a highway. Today we take it back,” de Blasio said in a statement.