Monday, October 15, 2007

TREND WATCH: Proposed NY Bans

Note: I'm now including a category for New York state. I'm sure I've missed a bunch, so don't hesitate to bring others to my attention. I'm also including older proposed bans, too.

The latest ...

New York City:

  1. City Councilmembers using public funds for personal ads
  2. Styrofoam containers in food services
  3. Various contributions to city politicians
  4. Etching acid
  5. High rises in the Upper West Side
  6. 'Stealing' recyclables
  7. Peeping toms
  8. Videotaping in public without a permit
  9. Smoking in cars with minors
  10. The word "bitch"
  11. The word "ho"
  12. Free formula samples for new mothers at city hospitals
  13. Teenage possession of spray paint
  14. Businesses from leaving their windows or doors open while air conditioners are on inside
  15. Dogs from being tied up three-plus hours
  16. Talking/listening/playing while walking crosswalks
  17. Skinny models
  18. The "N-word"
  19. Electric-assist pedicabs
  20. Public pension investments in companies with business in Sudan
  1. pit bulls
  2. trans-fats
  3. aluminum baseball bats
  4. the purchase of tobacco by 18- to 20-year-olds
  5. foie gras
  6. pedicabs in parks
  7. new fast-food restaurants (but only in poor neighborhoods)
  8. lobbyists from the floor of council chambers
  9. lobbying city agencies after working at the same agency
  10. vehicles in Central and Prospect parks
  11. cell phones in upscale restaurants
  12. the sale of pork products made in a processing plant in Tar Heel, N.C., because of a unionization dispute
  13. mail-order pharmaceutical plans
  14. candy-flavored cigarettes
  15. gas-station operators adjusting prices more than once daily
  16. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
  17. Wal-Mart
  18. the process that makes steaks pink
  19. subway ads poking fun at outer boroughs
  1. Loud car alarms
  2. Vendors from Ground Zero
  1. Cell phones during public performances
  1. Toy guns
  2. Soft drinks and snacks in city public schools

New York:

  1. Using I-pods/cell phones while crossing the street
  2. Plastic bags
  3. Nooses
  4. Spectating dog fights
  5. Smoking in cars with minors
  6. Plastic water bottles
  7. Styrofoam used in food services
  8. Thin models
NOTE: List updated again as of 12:12 PM, October 16th.

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