The New York City Council has voted to ban smoking in 1,700 city parks and along 14 miles of city beaches.
In addition to parks and beaches, the bill also specifically prohibits smoking in the following areas:
• recreation centers and
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• all other property, equipment, buildings and facilities under the jurisdiction of the Parks Department.
The bill also prohibits smoking in pedestrian plazas, which are areas designated by the Department of Transportation for use as a plaza and are located within the bed of a roadway and may contain benches, tables or other facilities for a pedestrian to use.
The ban does not include:
• the sidewalks immediately adjoining parks, squares and public places;
• any pedestrian route through any park strip, median or mall that is adjacent to vehicular traffic;
• parking lots; and
• actors in theatrical performances.