High Line Visitors Most Ticketed Park-Goers for Boozing in City

City issued more than 110 summonses to imbibing patrons between January and November.

Monday, Dec 12, 2011  |  Updated 10:12 AM EDT
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More people are ticketed for drinking alcohol on the High Line than in any other city park.

The city issued 113 tickets to illegal imbibers, described mostly as couples and tourists enjoying scenic sundown champagne or wine toasts, at the seven-acre elevated park between January and November of this year, reports The New York Post.

That number accounts for 15 percent of all tickets issued for illicit drinking in city parks throughout the five boroughs during that time period. And the number would’ve been significantly higher if parks peace officers didn’t let off most violators with warnings, reports the Post.

High Line visitors are permitted to drink at a quaint open-air bar called The Porch on West 15th Street, but officers told the Post some patrons take their drinks for a stroll along the converted railway trestle and end up getting caught.

Still, the number of visitors cited for alcohol-related offenses represents only a minute fraction of the 3 million visitors who strolled through the park this year, parks department spokeswoman Vickie Karp told the Post.

By comparison, only 66 people were cited for illicit drinking at Central Park during the same time frame, compared with 105 at Randalls Island Park and 91 at Hudson River Park.

The tickets run about $25 apiece.

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