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Old 03-01-14, 03:00 PM   #1
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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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Old 03-01-14, 03:20 PM   #2
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Closed as far as I know. Just about all parks are.
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Old 03-01-14, 04:00 PM   #3
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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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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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Old 03-01-14, 09:23 PM   #8
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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".

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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.
Be careful, the police may shoot at anyone they consider "suspicious".
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Be careful, the police may shoot at anyone they consider "suspicious".
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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 ...
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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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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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Some of the city sleeps in the park. They don't want bikers disturbing their rest.
That's funny
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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.
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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