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.
"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.