§ 240.10 Unlawful assembly.
A person is guilty of unlawful assembly when he assembles with four or
more other persons for the purpose of engaging or preparing to engage
with them in tumultuous and violent conduct likely to cause public
alarm, or when, being present at an assembly which either has or
develops such purpose, he remains there with intent to advance that
Unlawful assembly is a class B misdemeanor.
It shall be a violation of these rules to engage in disorderly behavior in a park. A person in any park shall be guilty of disorderly behavior who:
2.climbs upon any wall, fence, shelter, tree, shrub, fountain or other vegetation, or any structure or statue not specifically intended for climbing purposes; or
5.interferes with, encumbers, obstructs or renders dangerous any part of a park or park road; obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
7.engages in a course of conduct or commits acts that unreasonably alarm or seriously annoy another person; or
9.engages in a course of conduct or commits acts that endanger the safety of others.
1.Except where specifically permitted by the Commissioner, no person shall consume any alcoholic beverage in any park, playground, beach, swimming pool or other park property or facility, nor shall any person possess any alcoholic beverage with intent to consume or facilitate consumption by others of same in any park, playground, beach, swimming pool, or other park property or facility.
2.It shall be a violation of these rules for any person to appear in any park under the influence of alcohol to the degree that he may endanger himself or herself, other persons or property, or unreasonably annoy persons in his or her vicinity.
My Letter to the Central Park Precinct Captain:
Dear Captain Wishnia:
I am hoping that you may volunteer any information on the number of arrests and or summonses which were issued on Saturday December 11, 2010 to a very loud, obnoxious mob of men and women who gathered at Bethesda Fountain and other areas of Central Park. The large mob set off loud explosions throughout their stay and made very loud disturbing vocal sounds. Some of them came into the Ramble to engage in illegal drug activity. I identified them by their red and white uniforms.
I tried to avoid the Bethesda Fountain area but many of them came in at various entrances along Fifth Avenue and could be seen clearly drinking alcohol and acting very rowdy and disorderly. For several hours they made the park very uncomfortable for me and I am sure many other people.
I understand that this was a planned event and it takes place every year around this time so I imagine that the NYPD and Parks Enforcement may have known about this.
PS: On a non-law enforcement and more personal note; I am not religious or sentimental about any occasion but am I unnecessarily worried what sort of impression this sort of behavior has on very young children when they see 'Santa Claus' being intoxicated and acting vulgar?
PPS: If thousands of Kwanza revelers, for example, dressed up in traditional African costumes and mobbed Central Park suddenly, drinking alcohol and behaving exactly like this group did on Saturday would the NYPD handle the situation similarly?