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    Does the Central Park close at night?

    I saw the news that a jogger was given one grand ticket for running in the Central Park at 4:30am, and wonder if it's OK to ride bike in the park at night (dangers from crimes notwithstanding), say after midnight?

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    Closed as far as I know. Just about all parks are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    Closed as far as I know. Just about all parks are.
    Starting midnight? Is there a physical gate/fence that keeps one from entering (could it happen that I enter from the west side and can't exit from the east side?)?

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    You can enter. But you can also get ticketed. Not sure of exact times. It's been a long time since I hung out in city parks after dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    I saw the news that a jogger was given one grand ticket for running in the Central Park at 4:30am, and wonder if it's OK to ride bike in the park at night (dangers from crimes notwithstanding), say after midnight?
    Central Park is closed from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily. They can't physically keep you out, but will ticket you.

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    City that never sleeps?

    I guess not.

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    This is why when I go in there at night, I creep through the bushes dressed all in black and wearing a balaclava.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cafzali View Post
    Central Park is closed from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily. They can't physically keep you out, but will ticket you.
    Thanks for the info. When I occasionally ended up in the Park in late evenings seeing few people around, I would wonder if I could be "locked inside".

    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    This is why when I go in there at night, I creep through the bushes dressed all in black and wearing a balaclava.
    Be careful, the police may shoot at anyone they consider "suspicious".

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    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    Be careful, the police may shoot at anyone they consider "suspicious".
    I know the secret handshake.

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    I've walked across the park after that and haven't had issues. It does close between 1am and 6am officially, but I think they just don't want people riding around the loop at that hour. This morning registration opened at 5:30am in the park and there were no issues with the parks department.

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    A lot of people are in the park running/cycling starting around 5. The cops typically leave them alone, but technically they are not supposed to be there.

    Permitted events, like CRCA / Spring Series races in the park are a different story. Since they have a permit to hold their event at those hours, they're allowed to be there notwithstanding that the park is still closed.

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    only the criminals are legally allowed in ...
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    only the criminals are legally allowed in ...
    And the drunk and clueless tourists wait a second could there be a connection here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeAnon View Post
    City that never sleeps?

    I guess not.
    Some of the city sleeps in the park. They don't want bikers disturbing their rest.

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    Why would it be ok at 12:30AM but not 5? Those hours don't make sense.....

    More like closed from 10PM to 4AM.
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    It's closed from 1AM to 6AM whether or not you think it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zowie View Post
    Some of the city sleeps in the park. They don't want bikers disturbing their rest.
    That's funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
    Why would it be ok at 12:30AM but not 5? Those hours don't make sense.....

    More like closed from 10PM to 4AM.
    Why does 10pm make any more sense? I ride through the park pretty regularly at ~11pm coming home from activities way uptown.

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