Central Park Drive to Be Named for Mayor Lindsay

Mayor Lindsay first closed the drive to traffic on weekends in the summer of 1966

Monday, Dec 16, 2013  |  Updated 6:35 AM EDT
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Central Park Drive to Be Named for Mayor Lindsay

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In this Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 photo, a cyclist, left, rides in New York's Central Park.

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The lower loop of Central Park Drive will be renamed in honor of former Mayor John Lindsay on Monday, the Parks Department announced.

The lower loop of the park, which runs 1.7 miles from West 72nd to East 72nd Street, will sport new signs that read “John V. Lindsay Drive.”

Mayor Lindsay first closed the drive to traffic on weekends in the summer of 1966, according to the Parks Department, and the closings were extended year-round the following year. 

Closing the loop to cars made the drive more accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and joggers, and the move was replicated in other parks, including Prospect Park and Forest Park.

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