The city’s Independent Budget Office has some ideas for incoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to boost revenue and save cash as he prepares to take the reins of City Hall.
As part of its annual wish list, the group has suggested boosting the city’s tax rate on alcohol–and adding new tax on wine–to rake in nearly $50 million in extra revenue a year.
“You will be shocked about the number of conversations you can hear from my bed,” said a resident who lives near Phil’s. “They’re animals. Friday and Saturday night, it’s like animal town.” Read More
While I knew I wouldn’t spit it out on the floor, I thought the pricey hooch might be lost on me entirely. Read More
Drinking While Stooping
The Democrats vying to become the next mayor of New York City may have some pretty sharp disagreements at times, but a clear consensus emerged during their latest televised debate tonight: drinking on your own stoop should be legal.
The topic is actually a reasonably contentious one in the five boroughs, with the occasional hapless New Yorker being cited for public drinking even though they’re technically on their own property. But all of the leading Democrats want to change this.
Chuck your red Solo cups and jump the back fence, East Williamsburg. Soon-to-be-shuttered extra-legal party spot House of Yes was raided by the fuzz in Saturday’s wee hours. The NY Post reports that the NYPD arrested manager John Politowski, bartender Samantha Isom, doorman Aaron Edwards and security guard Robert Lasenburg for slinging booze Read More
Americans are known the world over for being embarrassing drunks. We’re constantly being told that other countries have a more mature relationship with alcohol, that their collegiate years are not spent chugging cheap grain alcohol and getting sick in communal bathrooms. But in a surprising turn of events, the U.S. is asking diplomats from other countries to lay off the booze, according to Reuters. At least during United Nations budget debates.
Joseph Torsella, deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for management and reform, came to the General Assembly’s budget committee with a “modest proposal that the negotiating rooms should in the future be an inebriation-free zone.”
There are two types of people in this world: those who think that alcohol creates problems and those who think that alcohol solves them. Most people believe in the latter, but some believe in the former. And for some reason that “some” always happens to be elected officials. Are we lucky, or what?
Because of this unfortunate coincidence, New Yorkers are looking at a mighty dry summer. Put away that flask, leave your portable wine carafe at home, and stuff a Smart Water into that drink holder on your beach chair because there will be no public drinking allowed.
Before I became a mother, I was, as my Sonoma County aunt is fond of saying, “a lover of the grape.” I liked my wine. So much so, in fact, that when I got pregnant, I continued to hold stemware at parties, feigning sips, because I knew that if I were to abstain among anyone who had seen the old, half-a-bottle-a-night me in action, the jig would immediately be up.
In a move that has alcoholic NYU undergrads with fake I.D.s freaking the hell out, Capt. John Cappelmann of the East Village’s Ninth Precinct is beefing up his division with eight to 10 new officers. And they are out to bust you for being drunk!
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We don’t know how the NYPD allowed this footage to be released, but here’s Nick Poe– artist, Read More