NYC Decriminalizes Public Drinking: 5 Ways You Can Celebrate

by Stephanie Maida · March 2, 2016

In the most landmark move since the legalization of gay marriage (ok, we're exaggerating), NYC officials announced today that, starting March 7th, low-level offenses will no longer lead to arrest in Manhattan; i.e. go outside and drink a beer on your stoop ASAP. While it's technically still against the law and all that, public consumption of alcohol will merely land you with a summons and/or fine - if anything. The policy change is meant to free up the criminal courts and valuable time of our humble NYPD, who, let's face it, probably don't really like being dicks to everyone trying to crack open a cold one on a hot summer night. Take note though, this only applies to Manhattan. Sorry Williamsburgers. In any case, here are some ways you can toast to public drinking.