Officials issue warnings after algae blooms in NYC parks

A toxic algae called Cyanobacteria has already closed beaches and lakes in New Jersey, and is allegedly responsible for three dog deaths in North Carolina. Now, the algae has been found in the Harlem Meer in Central Park and in Prospect Park, leading health officials to advise New Yorkers to keep their young children and especially any animals away from the water.

Prospect Park improvements

On a beautiful Thursday in Brooklyn, construction began on the restoration of the Flatbush Avenue perimeter of Prospect Park. The sidewalk was in terrible shape, according to Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue. The 1,500-foot sidewalk along Flatbush Avenue will be expanded into a 30-foot promenade filled with 125 trees. This project is a partnership between the New York City's Parks Without Borders program and the Prospect Park Alliance.

Prospect Park goes car-free

Prospect Park is typically filled with runners and bikers. Starting Tuesday, the park is officially car-free. The car ban in Brooklyn's backyard is years in the making. The park's West Drive has been closed to traffic since 2015. Before Jan. 2, 2018, the park's East Drive was open to traffic on weekdays during morning rush hours. But the city said that walkers, runners, and cyclists outnumbered cars more than three to one.

Car-free Prospect Park

Prospect Park in Brooklyn was created 150 years ago, obviously long before automobiles. Now with up to 10 million visitors a year and people outnumbering cars 3 to 1 in the morning hours, New York City has decided to announce that cars are out.

Cops catch loose steer

A steer got loose in Brooklyn Tuesday morning. Dozens of people gathered at the field's fences to watch the unusual event unfold. Authorities used tranquilizer darts to subdue the bovine and then safely corral it, load it onto a police horse trailer, and whisk it away to the relief of those watching.

VIDEO: Cow on the loose in Brooklyn

A cow got loose in Brooklyn late Tuesday morning. This video from SkyFoxHD shows police officers working to corral the bovine at the Prospect Park Parade Ground. Authorities used tranquilizer darts to subdue the animal and it was safely corralled, loaded into a police horse trailer and whisked away to the relief of those watching it unfold.The NYPD said the steer possibly escaped from a nearby slaughterhouse.

Prospect Park goes car-free

So much for cutting through Prospect Park to get to work in the morning if you are a car commuter. Starting next week and for the rest of the summer, the park is going completely car-free. East Drive was only open to cars through the weekday morning rush anyway (7-9 a.m.). That is also when you'll see a lot of runners and walkers. That is why the west side of the park closed to traffic permanently in 2015.

Prospect Park improvements

For many years, the rose garden in Prospect Park has been a place of enjoyment for Brooklynites. It is now time to bring new life to this loved area, Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue says. The alliance wants to open up the area to make it feel safer and more accessible to people and to be able to accommodate more visitors.