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Old Today, 10:00 AM
Location: Harlem, NY
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The city will begin banning cars from five blocks of Manhattan’s 14th Street next week after an appellate court refused to block the plan on Friday.

Hours after a five-judge panel from the Manhattan Supreme Court’s Appellate Division ruled 3-2 against West Village lawyer Arthur Schwartz’s bid to stall the city’s “busway” project, transit officials announced that the car ban would start on Thursday.

The plan will restrict traffic to buses and trucks on 14th Street between Third and Ninth avenues, but still allow delivery and local residents’ vehicles on the stretch.

“Thanks to this latest court ruling, the new 14th Street busway has gotten the green light, and starting next week, bus riders will finally get moving,’’ Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

“This is a smart project that speeds up buses and leaves room for the drop-offs and deliveries the neighborhood needs.”

The ban was initially slated to launch July 1 before it was halted by Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Eileen Rakower’s June 28 preliminary injunction.

But Rakower ultimately sided with the city, which argued that it has the right to institute traffic regulations on city-owned streets.

Schwartz filed his appeal three days later seeking a stay. He won the stay, and the appeals court lifted it Friday.

Schwartz told The Post that his original suit still stands and that he would continue to fight his case. He said a judge likely wouldn’t hear his suit until January.

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Old Today, 10:47 AM
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OMG that sounds amazing. I hope they do that all the way up to the upper west side.
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