Last week, we reported on a city-wide ban on smoking in parks, which includes the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. We assumed this would also include Brooklyn Bridge Park, but today were surprised to see this:
Gothamist: Luckily for those who still choose to look really cool and smell terrible, state parks are exempted from the ban because of Freedom, so you’ll still be able to light up at the East River State Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Nothing pairs better with that view of Manhattan than a cool, Carolina smoke.
Well, we thought, BBP isn’t a state park, though it’s not exactly a city park, either; at least it’s not under the jurisdiction of the City Parks Department, and has its own rules, though it tries to keep them in conformity with rules applying to city parks. So, we called the Park’s offices, and spoke with spokesperson Ellen Ryan, who said it was BBPC’s intent to amend its rules to comply with the city park rules on smoking. Park personnel, she said, will be instructed to enforce th no-smoking rule.