One of the criticisms of the original video showing cars entering the park after it was supposed to be closed was that the Parks Department employees arrived to set up the gates only fifteen minutes late, hardly an amount of time worth whining about in a city where the only thing you can count on is a radio station's promise of "Weather on the 1's."
Another criticism was that if the park opened to traffic fifteen minutes late, a late closing would technically be a "net wash" with no car-free time lost at all. Here's what a commenter named Bligo said on Streetfilms.org about this:
Give me a break. Hey, are you standing at the park in the morning to see whether they OPEN the gates 15 minutes late, thereby giving the bikers extra car-free time in the morning?
Well, I didn't go this morning, but I was on Prospect Park West late this afternoon just as the park was about to re-open to traffic for the evening rush and decided to test this theory. (The park drive is open to traffic on weekdays from 7 AM to 9 AM and from 5 PM to 7 PM.)
I didn't have my video camera, but I did have my digital camera which has a low-quality video setting. Did the park open to traffic on time or is the "net wash" theory correct? Watch the above video to find out, but here's a clue: I was able to come home, download the video from my camera, throw it together on iMovie, and upload the video to YouTube before 5:27 PM.