Car-free Sunday on the Grand Concourse

In the early 1990s, three and a half miles of The Grand Concourse, a major arterial roadway in the Bronx, was closed to cars every Sunday from July thru November. The closures provided residents with much-needed open space to safely bike, walk, play and develop a sense of community with neighbors. Despite its popularity, New York City Mayor Rudy Guliani, ended the program in 1996.


Currently, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, and a number of community groups have joined Transportation Alternatives to revive the program on a trial basis. In this short piece, the happiness of the residents is visible, and it is clear that open space enlivens communities.