Wednesday marks the first official day that the heart of New York City — Central Park — will be car-free.

On Tuesday, the last vehicle passed through the Manhattan park followed by a team of bicycling and park advocates, where until Tuesday evening three paved lanes in the southern portion of the park were open to vehicles.

"For more than a century, we had turned parts of the world's most iconic park into a highway — and starting tonight, we have officially taken it back for good," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"We are thrilled to be here tonight to take an evening bike ride and wave goodbye to Central Park's final car," said the city's transportation commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

Announced in April, the initiative is in an effort to curb pollution while prioritizing the health and safety of those living in and visiting the city.

However, the initiative will not affect the roads crossing the mid-section of the park where walls already separate the traffic from the rest of the park.

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