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06.19.15 Prachi Gupta

As expected, Mayor Bill de Blasio has closed off traffic in Central Park, north of 72nd Street on the East and West Drives, the Observer reports. There’s one type of vehicle, however, that will be allowed: the horseless carriage. One of de Blasio’s first campaign pledges was to ban horse-drawn carriages, a controversial proposal that […]

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06.17.15 Prachi Gupta

New York’s tall skyscrapers and historic buildings are crammed in city blocks, separated by streets and wide avenues where cars, trucks and bikes fly with reckless abandon. The parks are where we come to get away from all that street noise — and yet, cars pester us even in Central Park. But now, sources tell […]

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12.02.14 Prachi Gupta

Though Mayor Bill de Blasio has been pushing for a ban on on horse-drawn carriages since his first week in office, around a year later, the city council is still divided on the issue. De Blasio’s campaign was partially bankrolled by animal rights activists, and now a bill protecting their interests is expected to come […]

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11.19.14 Prachi Gupta

Just two weeks after the speed limit for New York City was reduced from 30 MPH to 25 MPH, officials have announced that Central Park’s speed limit will go down to 20 MPH from 25 MPH. It will apply to both motorists and cyclists. Additionally, barricades will be set up to separate people from cars […]

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11.07.14 Prachi Gupta

If Mayor Bill de Blasio has anything to say about it, antique-styled electric cars are the wave of the future for New York’s grand carriage tours. Animal rights organization NYCLASS has been pushing for reform since 2008, concerned that the current horse-driven carriage operations in and around Central Park mistreat the animals. The eCarriage, pictured […]

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10.22.14 Bucky Turco

At a community board meeting on Monday, an NYPD officer told residents that 35 pedestrians have been hit by bikes in Central Park this year, reports DNAinfo. That averages to about 3.5 collisions per month. Deputy Inspector Jessica Corey explained that of those accidents, two people died and three were left with fractured skulls. Corey […]

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Rhett Jones

According to the author of a new book about the creation of the Statue of Liberty, it’s sculptor originally wanted to put Lady Liberty in Central or Prospect Park. The massive symbol of freedom would have loomed over New Yorkers right from the heart of Manhattan, but the designers of Central Park pushed back. As Elizabeth […]

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10.21.14 Rhett Jones

Speaking at a women’s luncheon yesterday, famed tennis player and short-tempered New Yorker John McEnroe went on a rant about how terrified he is of cyclists in Central Park: I used to ride my bike [in Central Park]. But this has gotten to be a problem. There’s so many people, and there’s these lunatics that […]

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10.09.14 Rhett Jones

A study of Central Park’s soil has found 167,000 different microbial life forms. Such a wide variety of distinct soil communities is usually found among many, different geographical areas around the world, but they’re all here, in a 843-acre park. Central Park soils harbored nearly as many distinct soil microbial phylotypes and types of soil communities as we found in […]

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10.08.14 Marina Galperina

A dead, six-month-old black bear cub was discovered in the bushes in Central Park on Monday morning “with its mouth wide open and scratches on the side.” Authorities were confounded. How did it get there? A lab test has now concluded that “the cause of death was blunt trauma consistent with a vehicle crash,” and not animal cruelty as originally thought. […]

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