Prospect Park Car Restriction Starts Now

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In just a few minutes, Prospect Park goers will celebrate the first afternoon of a car-free East Drive. Transportation Alternatives will be on hand to hand out snacks and ensure motorists obey the new rule.

Photo: wallyg/Flickr

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