Neighborhood Residents Worry That Battery Park Could Become ‘Smoker’s Paradise’

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Some New York city residents are furious about the Big Apple’s new smoking ban in public parks.

Their anger, however, is not because they’re smokers – it’s because they’re not, and they’re worried that exceptions to the ban may make their neighborhood park a smoker’s paradise, reports CBS 2’s Don Dahler.

There is arguably no more beautiful place to be in New York on a sunny, spring day than Battery Park City. It’s a place where parents bring their children to feel the grass beneath their feet; it’s a place to play, exercise, or just to sit and relax.

However, some residents worry that the very law that went into effect this week banning smoking in city parks doesn’t apply to their neighborhood park. According to Parks Department documents obtained by an advocacy group, it’s technically a state park.

Geoffrey Croft, with the NYC Park Advocates, showed those internal memos to CBS 2, and a note at the top of the message telling park officers how to deal with the new law said, “although not applicable to Battery Park City at this time…”

The official who sent out the memo, Jessenia Apornte, asked that it not be made public.

The rules exclusion extends to the two other downtown state parks, Hudson River Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

“If the city is going to go through the trouble of passing these laws, then enforce them,” Croft said.

Margot Zigmont said she brings her daughter to the park as often as she can.

“This would be the last place that I think they should allow smoking,” Zigmont said.

“That would be bad,” Hoboken resident Jamie Baker said. “Any park that would be the ‘smoker’s park’ would be bad – that’s gross.”

“No, I would not be very happy if this attracted a lot of smokers,” Jennifer Paberas, of Inwood, said.

A Parks Department spokesperson told CBS 2 that “Battery Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park will both participate in the smoking ban. Hudson River Park currently has it under review.”

Part of the confusion is apparently due to the three parks being under multiple jurisdictions. Some law enforcement officers were being told to stop smokers, while others were not.

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  1. pugphan says:

    pps nonsmokers have a right to “Clean AIR!”

  2. pugphan says:

    Bloomberg should designate Gov’s Island as a smokers paradise or a few ferries for the same purpose. They can ride around for a while and smoke their brains out,
    without harming the rest of us with their damned 2nd hand smoke. Or how about a
    few of those in the sky roof tops where they can enjoy their poison together. Hell anywhere there aren’t any non smokers. smokersodysseycom

  3. bloomberg says:

    In September 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of more than 80 female employees, who argue Bloomberg L.P. engaged in a pattern of discrimination against pregnant women who took maternity leave. Michael Bloomberg is responsible for the creation of the systemic, top-down culture of discrimination’ at the company.
    This is the same idiot mayor who says we can’t smoke in the parks.
    I guess shortchanging women is more socially acceptable than smoking.

  4. Scott Bennett says:

    This is a case of out-of-control government. Second-hand smoke out-of-doors is a non-health issue. Car, bus, and truck fumes are far worse. I am not a smoker but I think this law goes too far in limiting civil liberties.

    1. manny says:

      You’re absolutely right. Bloomberg had bleated that he wanted to be known as NYC’s ‘greatest mayor’ and believes to accomplish that is by stripping away civil rights. Outside smoke is a non-issue particularly as fumes, exhaust, spitting, blowing one’s nose directly onto the sidewalk etc. are far more hazardous to a body’s health.

  5. Audrey Silk says:

    I’m sorry. but can someone explain to me how a ticket can be issued on state property when there is no law against it by the state? Issue summonses here and I want to hear the issuing agency defend that one.

    Founder, NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.)

  6. Youvebeenhad says:

    If smoking had not been banned from bars and restaurants, this wouldn’t be an issue. One bad law leads to another and another.

  7. Spike says:

    I’d be more worried about the soul-sucking aspect of venturing that close to Wall Street if it was me.

  8. AL says:

    I WISH THE NANNY IN CHARGE (MAYOR BLOOMBERG) WOULD JUST STAY OUT OF OUR LIVES AND LET US LIVE IT OUR WAY AND NOT HIS IDEA OF WHAT IT SHOULD BE. HE SHOULD REMEMBER, HE REPRESENTS ALL THE RESIDENTS AND NOT JUST THE NON SMOKERS. A MESSAGE TO MAYOR NANNY. YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE THA WAY YOU WANT, AND STAY THE HELL OUT OF MINE. HAS HE EVER THOUGHT THAT THE SMOKE BREAKS UP IMMEMIATELY AS IT RISES TO THE SKY. IT’S A FREE COUNTRY, MR. NANNY BLOOMBERG.

  9. flea says:

    oh my goodness…the world is going to come to an end.

  10. Bernie Sanders says:

    i hope everyone chokes ~

  11. Youvebeenhad says:

    Do you see now how smoking bans just make life worse for everyone?

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