Central Park car ban goes into effect Monday

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MANHATTAN — A ban on cars in Central Park north of 72nd Street is going into effect starting Monday.

That means the drives in most of the park will be mainly for recreational use.

The four transverse roads — which link the east and west sides of Manhattan —are below park level and remain open to cars.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had announced the vehicle ban earlier in June. It also applies to parts of Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

Cars were previously banned in portions of Central Park the last two summers.