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Old 06-27-2018, 02:44 PM
 
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By and large the crosstown drives are not IN the park but rather UNDER it.

No, they're not; which is why the things are named "traverses". Under Central Park would be tunnels, and can assure you there aren't any of those.
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Old 06-27-2018, 02:59 PM
 
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I don't think I have ever actually driven through Central Park in my life other than going through the Transverses.

Who drives through Central Park? What's the purpose of that?


Well for one thing once city made Fifth Avenue one way going south the east drive was only way to go north (entering at Sixth Avenue) without having to drive cross town to Madison.




More to the point Central Park was originally laid out for carriage and horse riding much like Hyde Park and other parks in Europe. Those who wanted exercise and or to go out for an "airing" took "drives" through the park. The various entrances/exits such as 72nd Street were designed to give carriages/horses access to the drives so persons could use them as intended. The traverses OTOH simply go straight through the park without access to interior.


For those living or otherwise in Manhattan Central Park along with a few other areas (such as Riverside Drive, another "horse, horse and buggy drive", were close to being out in the country as one could get.


The wealthy already had their horses and carriages stabled all over UES, UWS, Mid-Town and elsewhere. Those who didn't own simply hired a "cab" or rented a horse, then headed for Central Park, RSD etc....
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Old 06-27-2018, 03:01 PM
 
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I used to almost get hit by cars in Prospect Park.....with MD plates!
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Old 06-27-2018, 03:36 PM
 
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I actually remember briefly when Madison and Fifth were both two way streets. Yikes. Long time ago. Crowded.
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Old 06-27-2018, 04:24 PM
 
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I actually remember briefly when Madison and Fifth were both two way streets. Yikes. Long time ago. Crowded.


Strange looking at pictures from late as 1970's where many streets/avenues all over NYC were two way. Street I grew up on in SI was two way, though that meant in practice one driver had to move over to gutter for the other to pass.


When city made things one way lots of people got upset, including my dad and other men on block. Now they had to drive "around the block" instead of just turning down.


Staten Island being what it is; late night or other time someone thought they could get away with it, they simply went "wrong way" down the street. Can't say I blame them. If you lived one or two houses away from corner it made no sense to drive around block, then all way up street to get home.


City DOT finally saw sense in some parts of SI. Fahy Avenue a block off South Avenue was made two way a while ago


Have always wondered what sort of hot mess Fifth and Madison must have been when two way traffic was allowed.

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Old 06-27-2018, 04:28 PM
 
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Strange looking at pictures from late as 1970's where many streets/avenues all over NYC were two way. Street I grew up on in SI was two way, though that meant in practice one driver had to move over to gutter for the other to pass.


Have always wondered what sort of hot mess Fifth and Madison must have been when two way traffic was allowed.
I was pretty young but hot mess is what I remember. We didnít have the emissions regs we do now, so I have an image of a lot of smoke/exhaust from the buses. And everything being bumper to bumper.
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Old 06-27-2018, 08:09 PM
 
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when are they going to stop the old practice of horse carraiges and poop everywhere and animal cruelty?

its a good change to have no cars as a cyclist who rides there 4x a week
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Old 06-28-2018, 08:04 AM
 
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No, they're not; which is why the things are named "traverses". Under Central Park would be tunnels, and can assure you there aren't any of those.

THey ARE tunnels, just tunnels without covers.
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