1. The High Line - 113 tickets
2. Randall’s Island Park 256 acres - 105 tickets
3. Hudson River Park - 150* - 91 tickets
Citywide - 29,084 acres - 753 tickets
Central Park- 843 acres - 66 tickets
1. Hudson River Park - 150** acres - 332 tickets
2. The High Line - 2.8 acres - 174 tickets
3. Battery Park - 25 acres - 128 tickets
Ciywide - 29,084 acres - 1,248 tickets
Central Park - 843 acres - 39 tickets
* Only 2.8 of seven acres open to public
** Excludes additional 300 acres of water acreage that is part of the Hudson River
That’s why they call it the High Line
They don’t call it the High Line for nothing.
The Parks Department dished out 113 summonses between January and November to people boozing it up on the former Manhattan railway-turned-aerial esplanade — the most of any city park, The Post has learned.
In fact, a whopping 15 percent of the 753 tickets issued for illegal drinking in the nearly 30,000 acres of parkland in the five boroughs during that period occurred at the popular seven-acre High Line.
Some of the biggest culprits were couples — especially tourists — who arrived with bottles of wine or champagne and glasses to toast romantic sunsets off the Hudson River, Parks Department sources said.
“This is the make-out park of New York City,” said a Parks enforcement officer.
Most people are let off with warnings, he said, adding that the department could have written hundreds more of the tickets, which usually run $25.
The passionate boozing sometimes stems from picnics in the scenic vistas offered by the elevated park — which makes it all the harder to miss in the narrow enclave, said another officer.
Offenders, she quipped, are usually “the philharmonic crowd and the upwardly mobile.”
The park only allows drinking at a small open-air bar on West 15th Street called The Porch, which opened last spring. Some of those ticketed were bar patrons who had snuck outside toting their beer or wine, officers said.
“It’s the romance, the lights, the sunset. People get lulled into a magical place where they think they don’t have to abide by the law,” said Geoffrey Croft, of the watchdog group NYC Park Advocates.
He added that he’d witnessed many a couple strolling and sipping.
One offender, a staff member at Google’s Chelsea headquarters, tried to work his way out of a ticket by claiming that he thought Google employees could drink there because the company donated $1 million to the campaign to build the High Line, which opened in 2009.
Vickie Karp, a Parks spokeswoman, noted that High Line summonses “reflect a microscopic proportion” of the park’s 3 million visitors this year.
Randalls Island Park, with 105, and Hudson River Park, at 91, came in second and third in tickets for the period. And just 66 were issued by Parks peace officers at the city’s most visited green space — the 843-acre Central Park.
Meanwhile, with fewer officers patrolling New York’s parks due to fiscal cuts, fewer tickets are being written. Last year saw 1,248 summonses issued for drinking — with Hudson River Park’s 332 at the, er, high end and the High Line second with a relatively paltry 173.
The NYPD did not reply to repeated requests for data concerning the alcohol-related tickets it has issued in the parks this year, but sources pointed out that cops focus on more serious park crimes and rarely issue summonses for drinking while sightseeing.
Additional reporting by Frank Rosario