Quite simply, in NY and many states, it is normally illegal to consume alcohol outside - in a park, in the street, in a car. And it’s taken very seriously. Police get involved and infractions end in fines or arrest. So, New Yorkers are astounded by a recent development… restaurants desperate for income and fighting for survival are serving take-away alcohol and the police are turning a blind eye - for now. What happens next is anyone’s guess, but for now, it’s semi-permitted - and the talk of the town.