Monday, July 26, 2021

NYC's Night Parliament looking to legalize public drunkenness


 NY Post

Bar? None!

New Yorkers would be free to openly drink their cares away in public areas under a new proposal by the city’s Nightlife Advisory Board — but residents near booze-soaked Washington Square Park are already feeling green around the gills at the thought.

In a report issued last week, the NAB — established by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017 — offered 15 recommendations on how to boost New York’s nightlife and maintain good relationships between hot spots and their residential neighbors.

Among the NAB’s suggestions, under a section labeled “Nightlife Beyond Bars and Clubs,” was taking the party outside.

“New Yorkers need affordable options for all kinds of nightlife,” the proposal says. “In most global cities people can gather informally in squares and parks to drink with friends and even dance to the rhythm of impromptu concerts.

“Drinking in the public space and dancing anywhere in the city should be regulated but not prohibited.”

But locals near Manhattan’s Washington Square Park — where lawlessness including public drinking has reigned in recent months, garnering no more than a shrug from de Blasio — gave a thumb’s down to the idea.

 “I’m all for people to have a place to gather, but I’m not in favor of [the NAB proposal],” said Carol Meylan, a social worker and Greenwich Village resident. “Behavior gets unruly and reckless.

“I think there would be more violence,” added Meylan, 62. “We already witnessed people getting into fights, a lot of broken glass, a lot of behavior where crowds can’t be managed that well.”

Al Rosario, a doorman of Meylan’s park-adjacent building, said he’s seen booze turn the crowds in the green space belligerent.

“Even when they have good music and entertainment, once these people are drinking, they don’t want to leave, they don’t want to stop,” said Rosario, 60. “It would be so hard to control. … You’re only going to start a fire here.”


Anonymous said...

It really is funny to see people getting what they voted for.

Anonymous said...

Along with that proposal liquor hard liquor should be sold in every bodega, gas station, drug store etc. 24 hours a day. What can really go wrong?

These people running city hall are truly mentally ill.

Anonymous said...

The price of wokism.

Anonymous said...

#BLUEANON strikes again !

Anonymous said...

Sadly, we New Yorkers just aren't as smart as we used to be or think we are.

Anonymous said...

Let's all party like Hunter !
Dam the lap top from hell. Hunter Biden the gift that keeps on giving.

Anonymous said...

Classic Marxist thinking ......drag everyone down to the same level

Anonymous said...

I love the Social Worker's comments! It's what you lefties have been praying for all your lives. Don't call the cops; Cause the Cops don't need and they expect the same. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

It’s amazing how right wingers suddenly hate “freedoms” when it doesn’t suit them.
Authoritarians at heart all the time.

Anonymous said...

24 hours of drunkenness'.

This is the best that elected officials can come up with to appease the drug addicts, sex workers, and homeless criminals?

Get ready for more harassment, sex assaults, and street fights to occur.

What a shame.

Anonymous said...

When honest people stand by and do nothing, evil and corruption is allowed to grow.

Ned said...

Why make it legal or official, this is going on in near every park, rooftop and vacant warehouse anyway ?


Anonymous said...

This is regular life in corona queens. Why do you think they call it coronavirus? Everybody high and drunk over there in that part of New York City. I love cultural diversity...

Anonymous said...

This would have been a wonderful proposal a few years ago. It's not something we should be considering while the City is battling a crime wave.
That said, it's not a terrible idea. Like the article mentions, this is perfectly normal in Europe and most of the world. But it would require the police to enforce public intoxication laws (as opposed to BS open container laws), which would require our politicians to come up with a good, specific definition of public intoxication, and would require a mayor who will back up the cops when some belligerent drunk starts a fight with the police and SJW types and the media try to pretend the attacker is some sort of victim.