17 Ways That Life Will Change With The NYPD’s New Public Drinking Policy

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17 Ways That Life Will Change With The NYPD’s New Public Drinking Policy

Gothamist reported today that the NYPD will no longer be making arrests for low-level offenses such as public drinking and public urination. Instead they will just issue summonses. So while this change doesn’t make it legal to drink or pee in public, it does mean that the enforcement of the law is getting more lax.

Here are 17 ways that life in NYC will change with this new policy:


1. Boozy picnics in Central Park are back on the table.

2. That means less money spent at pricey outdoor bars.

3. You can enjoy a glass of wine while rowing around the lake.

4. And the police can’t issue you a summons because they’d have to swim to the middle of the lake in order to do it.

5. You can pregame on the subway on the way to the party.

6. That way you don’t lose the buzz in transit and have to start all over again when you get there.


7. You can bring your bottle of your favorite alcohol to every party you’re going to in one night.

8. It’s yours. You don’t have to share with anyone.

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9. You might have to deal with more obnoxious drunk people on the subway when you’re sober.

10. You’ll need more self control to avoid punching them in the face.

11. When you’re really drunk and have to pee and can’t find a bathroom, it’s okay.

12. If you have to pee when you’re sober and can’t find a bathroom, it’s still pretty okay.

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13. Go ahead and drunk fight with your best friend because she hooked up with your ex in the middle of the sidewalk outside the bar.

14. Or with your ex for hooking up with your best friend.

15. Except not actual fist fighting, because that will still probably get you arrested.

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16. If you’re the sober one, you might be forced to deal with even more ridiculous behavior.

17. But it’s okay because the crazier this city gets, the more you love it.



Cover photo credit: Richard Yeh / WNYC

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