How do you enter Central Park? You just walk in. No one charges you anything. No one checks you over. No one asks you any question. Nothing opens or shuts behind you. officially the park closes at 1:00 am, but if you want to go in at 3:30 am (and do you really want to…?), you can walk right into the darkness.
Yet if you look at any detailed map of the park, even those going back to the 1800s, you’ll see the names of a number of gates noted around its edges, but no actual gates. So what was up with that?