In June, Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, a tree lover, was busy bashing Auto-Free Central Park campaigners as "zealots" in the New York Times. Meanwhile, at the June 3 "Rally For A Car-Free Central Park," 200 jovial New Yorkers including Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, NY State Power Authority chief David Freeman and West Side Assemblymember Scott Stringer successfully freed the Park's loop drive from cars for the evening rush hour.
"First Central Park, next Broadway" proclaimed the dynamic Freeman. Borough President Messinger, a long time supporter of a car-free Park, emphasized that "cars and parks don't mix."
Building on the momentum of the rally, T.A. has started a postcard and letter-writing campaign asking the Mayor to make history and NYC a little better by getting the cars out. Our goal is to send in over 5,000 postcards and letters by Fall. T.A. is also asking local politicians and civic groups to sign on to a request to the Mayor that he act on Central Park. The Auto-Free Central Park committee needs you. To help, or for information, call at T.A., (212) 475-4600.
Cars Out! Write:
Commissioner, NYC DoT
In July, the Department of Transportation is finally beginning its 18-month traffic study of Prospect Park. The study is intended to help the Brooklyn Borough President and other decision-makers determine the impacts of removing cars from the Park. Unfortunately, the design appears virtually identical to the flawed 1992 Central Park analysis. It is unlikely that the study will broaden the debate about removing cars from the Park Rather, it probably will ratify the existing car-traffic-be-fore-parks attitude prevalent at the DOT and Parks Department, and among some staff at the Brooklyn Borough President's office.
Howard Golden needs to hear from you. Drop him a short letter or card asking for year-round summer hours as a first step towards a completely car-free Prospect Park. Don't procrastinate. It matters.