Multi-use e-cigs
Alcoholic beverages of any kind
Aerosol Containers (including sunscreen)
Water Guns, water balloons, or other water projectiles
Animals (besides service animals)
Coolers of any kind (besides those advanced for medical use)
Any container of liquid other than 1 factory sealed bottle of water (1 Liter max)
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Fake IDs
Large bags, purses, or backpacks (larger than 20″ x 15″ x 9″)
Kites
Hula Hoops
Glass containers of any kind
Bicycles (Note: Bicycles will not be permitted inside the venue gates. We will offer bike parking, please stay tuned for more information.)
Any items that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of others
Drones or any other remote flying device
Weapons, Knives, or Firearms of any kind” />
Camping tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
Totems
Marker Pens or Spray Paint
Selfie Sticks
Stuffed Animals
Mace / Pepper Spray
Chairs of any kind
Outside food & beverage (besides one factory-sealed water bottle)
Sleeping Bags
Unauthorized vending or solicitation materials
Walkie Talkies
Hammocks
Tailgating, grilling, or audio recording equipment
Flags and/or flagpoles
But neither are drones, stuffed animals, stickers or hula hoops. Find a safe place to lock it up. We don’t even know what they are but you can’t bring them inside. And yet, some of the items on the list are perplexing, especially when one envisions the average Paul Simon concertgoer: Sure, expected items like weapons, alcoholic drinks, illegal substances, fireworks and glass containers are not allowed. And in a ban sure to pierce the heart of any true Paul Simon fan, no selfie sticks are allowed. Squirtgun? Kites? That camera with a detachable lens? Stays home. Don’t even think about it. Riding your hoverboard to the show? Animals are not allowed, although service animals are (but apparently that does not extend to stuffed service animals). Totems? No way.
Musical Instruments
Skateboards, Rollerblads, ‘Hoverboards’
Cameras with detachable lenses
Sporting equipment (frisbees, footballs, whiffleballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc)
Professional Audio Recording Equipment
Concert security, especially in light of recent events and especially in a public park, is no laughing matter, and venues and promoters are to be applauded for the great work they’ve done to keep live-entertainment events safe for everyone involved.
Framed backpacks
Fireworks, sparklers, firecrackers, and/or incendiary or explosive devices of any kind
Having said that, and with no small amount of respect for attention to detail, the “What Not to Bring” list for Paul Simon’s forthcoming farewell concert in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, is remarkable in its thoroughness. Extra caution is necessary because of the large crowd expected for it, but also because the park — the site of the World’s Fair in both 1939-40 and 1964-65 — has not hosted a concert in decades.
Air horns and/or megaphones
Focused Light devices (including laser pointers)
Scooters or Personalized Motorized Vehicles
Illegal or Illicit Substances of any kind
Umbrellas
Stickers
But just try to keep a straight face when reading the list below (with a huge hat-tip to Caryn Rose) … Many large concerts have long lists of contraband, and we can’t support public safety at large events enough.