Central Park

Central Park is Manhattan's largest park. It is open from 6 AM to 1 AM.

As of June 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street are permanently closed to cars. The four Central Park transverse roads remain open to motor vehicles. The following Park Drives are open to motor vehicles during these times, except on holidays (other limited vehicle access may be permitted for special events or official vehicles):

  • West Drive, from 72nd Street south to Central Park South and 7th Avenue, for high occupancy vehicles (HOVs) only: Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 10 AM
  • Center Drive/East Drive, between the 6th Avenue entrance on Park South and east 72nd Street: Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM
  • Terrace Drive, from 72nd Street to West Drive South: Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 10 AM

The following Central Park entrances and exits are closed to motor vehicle traffic:

  • East 59th/60th Street at the 5th Avenue entrance (Grand Army Plaza)
  • East 90th Street entrance
  • East 102nd Street entrance and exit
  • West 72nd Street Slip-off ramp, just north of Strawberry Fields
  • West 77th Street entrance
  • West 90th Street entrance and exit
  • West 96th Street entrance
  • West 100th Street exit and entrance
  • West 106th Street exit
  • West 110th Street/Cathedral Parkway entrance
  • Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard entrance and exit
  • Lenox Avenue entrance and exit

The following Central Park entrances and exits are open to motor vehicle traffic:

  • West 59th Street (Central Park South) and 7th Avenue exit
  • West 59th Street (Central Park South) and 6th Avenue entrance
  • West 72nd Street exit and entrance
  • East 72nd Street exit and entrance
There are HOV restrictions in Central Park between 8 AM and 10 AM. All motorists must have at least one other passenger in the vehicle if they are driving on the park's West Drive from 72nd Street to the 7th Avenue and 59th Street (Central Park South) exit. This includes all vehicles entering the park's West Drive from all entrances in between. There are no HOV restrictions on the East Drive in Central Park from 6th Avenue and 59th Street (Central Park South) to Lenox Ave and 110th Street.