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Today, you can start your wining at Brooklyn Bridge Park!

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Public boozing in Brooklyn Bridge Park becomes a reality today, as the café on Pier 1 gets to make use of its newly acquired beer and wine license.

At around noon, the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar — which sits on its plaza in the park at the foot of Old Fulton Street — will start serving wine and beer. All-Brooklyn beer.

“Yesterday, we were Brooklyn Bridge Café, and today we’re the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar,” said concession General Manager Charlie Marshall. “We love the park and we’re excited to be here.”

The eatery has been open for a month, serving chicken wraps, salads, and cheese plates. But Marshall knew what the people have really been waiting for since March: a Brooklyn Pilsner in the great outdoors without that annoying brown bag. That said, drinking is only allowed on the bar’s premises.

Indeed, surveys conducted in the early phases of the decades-long park project indicated that a huge portion of park users wanted to be able to have a beer or wine while drinking in the majestic Manhattan skyline and the bridge that gives the park its name.

Updated 12:12 pm, July 23, 2010: Updated to clarify where drinking alcoholic beverages will be allowed.
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Tobey from PS says:
So we can drink where ever in the park? Without considering this "no drink boose in public space" law???

That would be nice... or it is just that the police won't enforce it like in the central park during the concerts...

Or they will have a few seats by their location...
July 23, 2010, 10:59 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
An on premises drinking license specifies the place and area of the "on premises". Outside the "premise" the no drinking in public is allowed. The Parks department can issue a permit to allow drinking within a park as they control the area and while that space is open to the public its not the same as a public area/street(although alcohol selling permits can be issued for street fairs and the cops won't stop someone drinking a beer either)
July 23, 2010, 11:28 am

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