Like The Mets, and cilantro in guac, plastic straws are divisive in New York City. The plastic straw is obviously the invention of wicked, sea turtle-hating, environmental saboteurs. But it’s also familiar, reliable, and mighty convenient. And the proposed ban on #sucking can, at times, seem like misdirected energy in the grand scheme of globe-saving projects. Fracking? Deforestation? Ocean Acidification? Come on. You mean to tell us our tiki-drink delivery vehicle is worse than all that?
To be frank, we once loved plastic straws. But we’re no soulless turtle terrorists, so we’re willing to give ‘em up and adjust -- begrudgingly -- to a world of adult sippy cups. And, as we prepare to do so, we can’t help but wonder what other items should have been banned long before plastic straws were declared public enemy number one. So we asked New Yorkers (and one tourist) from all over the city what they would eradicate from NYC if given the chance. Here’s what they had to say: