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Parks Department Renames Central Park Promenade For Former Mayor Lindsay

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The Parks Department and the Central Park Conservancy renamed a promenade in Central Park to honor former Mayor John V. Lindsay.

The Lower Loop, which stretches east to west along 72nd Street, was renamed "John V. Lindsay Drive" to honor the man responsible for closing the stretch to traffic so pedestrians could enjoy it.

Lindsay closed the 1.7-mile stretch to vehicular traffic on weekends in 1966, his first year in office.

The loop is now enjoyed by pedestrians, joggers, cyclists and carriage riders.

Lindsay's sister-in-law, Mary Lindsay, said she's touched by the honor.

"It means lots of wonderful memories. Wonderful memories of being with John and doing things like this and enjoying them so much and being proud of him and all his family for being part of New York,” Mary Lindsay said.

The Lower Loop was closed year-round to vehicles in 1967, leading to similar measures in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

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