New Yorker Peter Shankman recently received a citation for jogging in Central Park too early in the morning.
"Most people who've gotten in touch think it's a bogus charge, and have mentioned end of the month quotas as a reason I didn't just get a warning," Shankman told the Gothamist (video below).
Shankman recalled on his Facebook page how police stopped his run last Thursday:
At 4:30 this morning in Central Park, at mile 2 of my ten mile run, I was stopped by the police and given a summons for exercising in the park "before it opened." Apparently, Central Park doesn't "open" until 6am, and my exercising (running) in the park before 6am is illegal. Note - Running in the park. Not "performing sex acts for crack," or "laying down explosive charges," but "running." Because apparently, a 215 pound man running through Central Park at just over a 9:10 pace is a threat to Manhattan.
Per the curfew law, Central Park is closed to the public between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., but Shankman claims he didn't see any signs in the area of the park that he entered. He plans to fight the citation in court and in the media.
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"The last 12 years have really been about getting the city healthy, you know. No smoking in bars, no trans fats, and here I was, I was running, I was exercising, trying to lose a few more pounds before this race," Shankman told Pix 11.