The question came up at a debate for the Democratic candidates for Mayor of NYC.
All said residents should be able to drink on their stoop, the equivalent to having a beer on a front porch in NNY.
Criminals...Drinking Beer out of a Brown Paper Bag
Candidate Anthony Weiner went a step further suggesting the public should be able to have the Devil's Brew in a park or at the beach.
Of course, he is not going to win anyway.
Democratic mayoral candidates praised for vows to end stoop-drinking tickets - NYPOST.com