New York City Smoke Free Parks and Beaches

On May 23, 2011, New York City’s ban outdoor smoking ban went into effect.  The law, which was passed by the New York City Council and approved by Mayor Bloomberg in February 2011, prohibits smoking in the city’s 1,700 parks and fourteen miles of public beaches.  Smoking is no longer allowed in Central Park, on the Coney Island boardwalk, or within any of the 29,000 acres of parkland the city parks department maintains. The law also applies to pedestrian malls and plazas such as those in Times Square.  The Department of Parks and Recreation will be responsible for enforcing the law and violators may be subject to fines of $50.