NYC Parks April 7, 2015 Legal Parking on Bridle Path

On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 4:12 PM, Lincoln Karim wrote:

Lincoln Karim

204 W 55th Street Apt 507A

New York NY 10019

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

City of New York

Parks & Recreation Alessandro G. Olivieri (General Counsel)

The Arsenal

Central Park

830 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10021

phone: (212) 360-8111

fax: (212) 360-1373


Re: Freedom of Information Law [FOIL] Request;


Dear Records Access Officer:

Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request records or portions thereof pertaining to: Authorized Automobile Parking in Central Park.


All documents issued by the NYC Parks & Recreation Department authorizing any part of the Bridle Path* in Central Park as a designated parking area or parking zone.

•‘Bridle Path’ area of concern is the gravel paved area between the south rim of the Jackie Onassis Reservoir and the 86th Street Transverse.

Please supply the records without informing me of fees if the fees for this request are not in excess of $100.00.

As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five business days of receipt of a request. Therefore, I would appreciate a response as soon as possible and look forward to hearing from you shortly.

If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name and address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed.

Reason for FOIL request:

I would like to pursue a course of action which I hope will lead to the proper and responsible use of this area of Central Park whereby the area will be made safer and offer a more pleasant experience for park visitors. The Bridle Path to which I refer has been, and is presently being used as a parking lot for mostly the NYPD Central Park Precinct staff and visitors and as such destroys the landscape and produces unnecessary stress for joggers and pedestrians. Vehicular traffic continually damages the ground surface which has to be regularly repaired at the expense of the Central Park Conservancy which derives its a considerable part of its funding from the public. The CPC is neglecting key concerns in Central Park because of claims of lack of funds, concerns like the maintenance of safe and sanitary restrooms, purchase of lesser polluting maintenance vehicles, etc.

Once I acquire the documents from you I can be better able to ascertain areas of misuse, if any, to have the area properly supervised and enforced.

I have already communicated with the Department of Transportation for Manhattan where I have confirmed that this area is NOT a designated Parking area under the jurisdiction of the DOT.

The Bridle Path between the J.O. Reservoir and the CP Precinct.

I look forward to your response.

Lincoln Karim

Park Patron & NYC Resident