2008_07_picnicwine.jpgThe NY Times delved into the legalities of public drinking during this hot and hedonistic summer season. Is it illegal? Yes. But they do note that "in the summer of 2003, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg suggested that drinking wine at concerts in Central Park was O.K. At Bryant Park on July 7, a security guard said he turned a blind eye to booze on movie nights, 'so long as it is covered, like in a bag.'" Some outdoor revelers really do set up shop in the parks: One man described his elaborate makeshift bar that includes 12 bags of frozen mix, light, dark and coconut rums, 20 blankets, and a potato masher for mixing. Gonna need more than a brown paper bag to conceal that set-up!