Cars banned from Central Park starting June 27, 2018

The New York City government will close all of Central Park to automobile traffic June 27, 2018, except for police, emergency services and Parks Department traffic.

“This park was not built for automobile. It was built for people,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said announcing the change.

Public cars have been banned from Central Park above 72nd St years now. The new ban applies to the drives between 72nd St and 59th St.

The new policy doesn’t affect traffic on the transverses on 65th, 79th, 86th, and 97th Streets, which allow traffic under and through Central Park, and allow New Yorkers to easily drive between the Upper East and Upper West Sides.