Heading to Baked Apple to celebrate this year’s holiday? Or just wondering if taking a trip to NYC for 4/20 is worth it?
We’ve done the legal work to help you find the best cannabis parties in NYC, so you can stay hunkered down all day – and all night – in the city that never sleeps (but might sleep in a weed nap).
First thing you need to know: The entirety of New York City is now a consumption zone, except for schools (legal), workplaces (understandable), and public parks (sigh).
The rule of thumb is that it’s legal for adults 21 and older to light a knuckle (or blunt, bowl, or I suppose 6-foot slit) anywhere smoking tobacco is legal. This has been the case since New York State Significantly progressive The Cannabis Legalization Act came into effect in April 2021.
Did we mention that holding up to three ounces of flower (And up to 24g of concentrate) Is it legal for personal use? Is it also legal to share some of your reward with any adult over the age of 21?
Technically all of the above was true in the last 4/20, but this would be the first ever legal 4/20 in New York City with widespread vaccination and the city “open for business”. Even if Mayor of Swagger Still in quarantine with COVID.
Washington Square Park
Well, we just told you that it is not legal to smoke in city parks. But it’s not technically a crime either. It is now a civil offense. Which means penalties for lighting in a park range from a $25 fine to up to 20 hours of community service. You can avoid this danger by blowing onto the sidewalk unobtrusively before actually entering the park.
Most importantly, since the NYPD stopped cracking down on cannabis, the venerable Washington Square Garden – which first opened in 1871 – has reportedly become an open, unregulated area of cannabis. Of course, the New York Post Other reactionary institutions/media outlets have decried the gray market cannabis sale across New York City as a sign of this The imminent end of the world:
You’re going to have to forgive this reporter (and former New Yorker) for thinking everything sounds too good to be true.
The Kings of Jam Squad will perform four nights in a row at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” – starting 4/20.
Whether you’re a dedicated beginner or a complete novice, it’s always a wild time when Fab Four plays live in MSG. Add in at 4/20 and the legality of lighting on any sidewalk in town, this promises to be a pre-concert sale scene on Shakedown Street for ages, man.
There are also no less than two unofficial after parties for Phish, in case you’re looking to spend the last 4/20 hours chasing that absolute live music. The cutting room – a short walk from MSG – will host DAB improvisational music session Fish headed by lyricist Tom Marshall. Or head to the beautiful Gramercy Theater Post Phish Festival featuring Pink Talking Phisha first-class tribute band.
Although if I’m being honest you still need more pasta after Phish at MSG, I would soon recommend a visit to one of the great NYC locations Ramen Restaurants.
From the team behind New York’s Legendary Harvest Festival events comes what promises to be the city’s biggest 4/20 celebration of the year at Club Amazura – a massive 3000+ capacity club in Queens.
From DJ Keoki spinning Grateful Dead tracks to sets from Wailers and Immortal Technique, plus vendors, an art gallery, herb cake bakery, workshops, speakers and more – this party is sure to light up early and shine till late.
It’s all in upscale Toro Loco, with a menu featuring “baby tacos, fresh empanadas, sweet and savory churros and more, and every dish is paired with a drenched sauce so you can control your dose.”
Looking to spend 4/20 among like-minded hip-hop heads?
The setting is the legendary SOB New York City Dance Club, which will present an evening of old-school weed-friendly MCs hosted by none other than the legendary Rakim. Plus shows from Havoc, Styles P, Big Twins, Big Noyd, The Hoodies and DJ LES.
Astor Club And Buddy’s Bodega is hosting a 420 VIP party on the rooftop at the McKittrick Hotel. Advanced tickets only. 9:30 pm – 1:30 am.
join Canadix For Unity Day at the famous Webster Hall! With performances from Legendary Wu Tang Clan members, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, and more.
The evening will also feature a led yoga session SannaOhana and panel discussions about legalizing New York and a late-night dance party.
In 1971, Bell was working in Washington Square Park to make ends meet when John Lennon and Yoko Ono (most likely stones) acted out by accident and decided to sign him on to the Beatles’ Apple Records.
Lennon produced Peel’s classic cannabis cult album The Pope smokes steroids which was later banned in a host of countries, cementing its place as a man’s herbal middle finger.
Now, fifty years later — in a city that has finally stopped eliminating pot smokers, and on a day when cannabis smoke surely fills the air — the remaining hippies of New York City and the hippies will gather in the Lower East Side’s Parkside Lobby to celebrate Acapulco’s golden anniversary and Bell’s great marijuana music. Be there or be square.
Just a stone’s throw away from the grassy autonomous community of Washington Square Park, you can check out a musical tribute to perhaps the greatest cannabis icon of all time. Head to Groove for an irie evening featuring Amadou Gaye and members of Cafe Wha? House band.
If your idea of rolling a 4/20 involves bowling, book a lane in advance, head to the Brooklyn Bowl to engage your inner Lebowski, and carry on a night of reggae to folk rock songs from the long-burning EasyStar All Stars band.
Bonus points: Brooklyn Bowl also has great food!