Friday, June 8, 2007

Hey, Mayor Bloomberg! Got a light?

So, how are New York bars dealing with Mayor "Nanny" Bloomberg's four-year-old smoking ban? Very well, thank you--if by "very well" you mean ignoring the damned thing.

Scores of trendy clubs and neighborhood pubs across the five boroughs have become smoking speakeasies, where bartenders and bouncers regularly ignore the prohibition launched in 2003.

The Post spotted scofflaw smokers openly puffing away in a dozen bars and clubs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island during the past few weeks - including celebrity hangouts Bungalow 8, Tenjune, Butter, Marquee, Plumm and Guest House. ...

Agency statistics show 199 establishments hit with 542 violations from April 2006 to March 2007, compared to 162 establishments getting 258 violations in the prior 12-month period. The number of complaints dropped from about 3,000 to 2,000 from last year to this year.

Hmmm ... So defiance of the law is up even as complaints are down? Good. Maybe the rabid anti-smokers are packing up their crusade against any smoke, anywhere and taking their business to establishments that prefer to cater to the clean-air crowd.

That's the best result, after all--one where everybody gets to patronize establishments that suit their tastes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in NYC and there are several bars that are openly smoking establishments now. Those are the ones that are most packed with people! The smoking ban is a stupid law and it was only a matter of time before saavy New Yorkers would give it the finger.

June 12, 2007 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

smokers stink. They should stay at home. Not my home.

June 13, 2007 8:03 AM  

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