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The Mayor Wants to Ban Alcohol at City Festivals. Drunk With Power?

imageDIONYSUS PATRICK
Age 24
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Gym attendant

What do you think about the proposed alcohol ban?It's stupid. You can't honestly say that alcohol leads to crime. Nobody commits crimes drunk. Nobody robs a bank drunk.

Do you ever drink in public?Yes, but I usually only drink at the Caribbean Festival and then only out of plastic cups, not cans. You can drink it and dump it pretty quickly.

What have you done publicly that you could be arrested for?In Trinidad, I take my clothes off in public to swim. Here, we're very confused about sexuality and the human body. One minute we say we want freedom, the next we're preaching morality. For most of the world it's not a big deal.


imageCHAD SMITH
Age31
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Theater technician

What do you think about the proposed alcohol ban?It's ridiculous. It's not going to stop anyone from drinking on the street. I heard Al D'Amato debating Ed Koch on this issue. Koch said it's always going to be one of the pleasures of living in New York to have a beer or a glass of wine at a festival and then walk around and do some shopping.

Do you ever drink in public?Yes.

What have you done publicly that you could be arrested for?Whatever I do, I am extremely discreet. I have smoked a joint and had a beer in public. I've peed in an extreme emergency.


imageMARTY HAMILTON
Age33
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Designer

What do you think about the proposed alcohol ban?It's a horrible idea. These festivals depend on money they get from selling alcohol. The Oyster Festival is sponsored by Guinness. How will the San Gennaro Festival survive?

Do you ever drink in public?Before I knew it was illegal, I bought a beer and drank it on the street.

What have you done publicly that you could be arrested for?Not much. I did lie naked in Times Square for the artist Spencer Tunick. I got up at five in the morning and, along with 200 other people, took off my clothes. Nobody got arrested except for Spencer. I did lose my pants, however.


imageTAYLOR
Age23
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Messenger

What do you think about the proposed alcohol ban?I think the mayor's pushing it.

Do you ever drink in public?

Yes, at exactly the kinds of festivals we're talking about. I've also chosen to buy wine coolers just because the bottles don't look like they contain alcohol. The dead giveaway is the brown paper bag.

What have you done publicly that you could be arrested for?When the West Village piers were still standing, I once ended up there, but whatever happened, happened in the dark. I'd rather smoke pot outside because the smell doesn't stick to your clothes.


imageLOLET GUILDFORD
Age25
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Computer engineer

What do you think about the proposed alcohol ban?It's not going to work. In the summertime, it's hot and people are going to want to drink and relax. The Puerto Rican Day fiasco in Central Park had nothing to do with alcohol. As usual, it was a matter of men disrespecting women.

Do you ever drink in public?Yes.

What have you done publicly that you could be arrested for?I've been drunk in public. I've never peed in public because as a woman it's just too hard.


imageKAREN TEJERA
Age25
Resides Yonkers
Occupation Administrative assistant

What do you think about the proposed alcohol ban?I think it's a good idea. If you can't drink on the street, why should you be able to buy alcohol at street fairs?

Do you ever drink in public?No.

What have you done publicly that you could be arrested for?I'm drug-free, so anything like that is out. However, I do pee in public all the time. I'm like a guy that way.


imageHIDEYUKI MORIBAYASHI
Age23
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Tech support

What do you think about the proposed alcohol ban?It depends on the festival, but since it's already illegal to drink on the street, I don't think it's such a contradiction to ban alcohol at street fairs. If this proposal is being made in reaction to the Puerto Rican Day riot, I would say that it's hard to pin mass hysteria on alcohol.

Do you ever drink in public?No, though I have been drunk in public.

What have you done publicly that you could be arrested for?I've smoked a joint. I've gone to the bathroom outside. Women would do it too if they could.

 
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