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Image Prospect Park Alliance

For walkers, joggers, and cyclists, Prospect Park will soon be a completely car-free refuge. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that the park will permanently become car-free, beginning January 2, 2018. Currently, Prospect Park’s East Drive is still open to cars during morning rush hour.

Prospect Park previously went car-free this past summer. From July to September, cars were not allowed to cut through via the park’s East Drive as part of a pilot program, forcing those who use the road during morning rush hour to find another route. The car-free summer saw “enormous” support from those who use the park recreationally, according to DOT, especially since walkers, joggers, and cyclists outnumber cars more than 3 to 1 in the mornings.

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City Living, From Our Partners

New York ranks #1 in energy efficiency, says new study

By Metro New York, Thu, October 19, 2017

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Congratulations New York! You rank #1 in energy efficiency, according to a new study.

You might be rolling your eyes at this news because of MTA issues, Penn Station problems, and other mass transportation debacles, but the state of New York ranked first overall—#1 for auto efficiency and #4 for energy efficiency at home—out of the 48 states considered, according to a new WalletHub study.

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Ranking the top 50 ‘rattiest’ cities in the U.S.

By Metro New York, Wed, October 18, 2017

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Autumn is many people’s favorite season, but fall isn’t just all about picturesque pumpkin patches, apple cider, and cozy sweaters—it’s also a time for rat infestations. With the change in temperature comes an increase in vermin invasions, according to Orkin. The pest control company recently released a report detailing in which cities they do the most rodent treatments. The report also lists the “top 50 rattiest cities” based on how many commercial and residential rodent treatments performed between September 15, 2016 and September 15, 2017.

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Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, From Our Partners, Transportation

The Bay Ridge Avenue train station that was once a dark and dreary stop along the R line has completed its six-month renovations, the MTA announced Friday. The 102-year-old station was closed in April so the agency could bring it into the modern age with countdown clocks at all three entrances, Wi-Fi, digital displays, USB ports and an enhanced security system.

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From Our Partners, Queens

Five years ago, LeFrak City offered its residents amenities like pools and tennis and basketball courts, but very little green space. Now, the hidden city-within-a-city in Corona, Queens is getting an upgrade. “There really wasn’t a lot of play area. There was gardening, but it wasn’t meant to be trampled on or used. It was meant to be seen,” said David Bernhardt, general manager of the massive housing complex.

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From Our Partners

Pierre Francillon NYC graffiti

He’s going to spell it out for you: art feeds young minds.

Pierre Francillon has a dream to fill the outer walls of Prospect Lefferts Gardens with building-sized flashcards to catch the eyes of the area’s fastest growing population: kids under 10. And with the help of a team of emerging and established artists, he hopes to have all 26 letters of the alphabet, each linked to a landmark or idea associated with the surroundings, glinting in the sunlight by mid-summer.

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City’s PoetweetNYC poetry contest begins today

By Metro New York, Mon, April 17, 2017

This one is for the subway writers. The city’s annual PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest, celebrating National Poetry Month, is open for submissions today at 9 a.m. through April 27 at 5 p.m. Contest winners and their poems, selected by mayoral first lady Chirlane McCray and a panel of four other judges, will appear here in Metro New York on Poem in Your Pocket Day—April 27.

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Black and white photos of Passover in Coney Island

By Metro New York, Fri, April 14, 2017

Hasidic Jews took to Coney Island beach and amusement park for part of the Passover holiday, which extends from April 10 to 18. The warm weather brought out many families with schools being closed and adults taking off from work for the religious observance. Coney Island has two amusement parks—Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park—as well as several rides that are not incorporated into either theme park.

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From Our Partners

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship, a first-in-the-nation program that provides free tuition to full-time college students whose families earn up to $125,000 a year, passed the state budget vote and will be phased in as early as fall of 2017. Although Cuomo had originally tried to include undocumented immigrants in the legislation, the program that passed the vote requires eligible students to be U.S. citizens, a permanent resident, or have refugee status. As such, the vote has disappointed some, including undocumented immigrants, part-time students, and experts concerned about how public and private universities will accommodate a new dynamic in admissions and financial aid.

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From Our Partners

Open up that kitchen drawer stuffed with orange envelopes because New York City says its new parking ticket app will make it easier for motorists to pay their fines or dispute their violations. Called the NYC Parking Ticket Pay or Dispute app, it’s free to download. The app is expected to reduce fines from unpaid tickets while making it more likely people will pay, according to city officials.

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