Starting May 23, it’ll be up to you, dear citizen, to enforce the smoking ban for public parks and beaches adopted by City Council and signed by Mayor Bloomberg back in February. At that time, smokers will be breaking the law if they light up in Carroll Park or the Brooklyn Heights promenade.
Our designer is beside himself. An occasional smoker, he feels offended. “It’s un-American,” he says. “Goes against civil liberties. It’s obnoxious. Big brother.”
Bloomberg said that he would not ask police to enforce the mandate, but would rely on “pressure” from the public. I can see it now… Italian and French tourists hanging out on the promenade, tapped on the shoulder by a diligent citizen, “Excuse me, smoking is forbidden here. Please put out your cigarette.” The looks of confusion.
It’s going to make for some interesting run ins.