Having grown up in Pittsburgh, restrictions on buying beer are nothing new. In Pittsburgh, you can't just stop in at the local supermarket or convenience store to pick up a six pack. You can only buy beer by the case and from beer distributors.
That being said, I'm glad to read that New York has lifted the ban on beer sales before noon on Sundays. Again, weird rules on beer buying aren't new to me, but I'm glad to know that I can buy beer Sunday morning for a football party (instead of having to go between noon and the 1 p.m. kickoff) or before going golfing on a summer Sunday morning.