Traffic and Parks – Can They Co-Exist?

As new parks develop and congestion increases, will traffic need to be further curbed to accommodate park goers? Or can traffic and parks co-exist peacefully in our burgeoning city? Join Henry J. Stern, President, NYCivic, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Transportation Alternatives‘ Executive Director Paul Steely White, and others for an evening of discussion and debate. Presented as a part of the Museum of the City of New York‘s ongoing Civic Talks series developed in collaboration with NYCivic.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.

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