In het Plaza Hotel in New York is nog steeds een bar aanwezig die roken toestaat, ondanks het pas door de New Yorkse burgemeester afgedwongen algemene rookverbod in bars en restaurants.
This room induces nostalgia in many ways. Most glaringly, it is a throwback to just two weeks ago, when people could smoke cigarettes in bars in New York. Here at the Oak Room in the Plaza Hotel, they still can, and they have come here because they can, though they do not know why they can.
To the question of whether this is open defiance of the law, the answer is no, according to an Oak Room manager who refused to give his name. He says the bar is allowed to permit smoking under the municipal Smoke-Free Air Act while it applies for a permanent exemption.