Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration formally announced the proposal Thursday. It's the first time a city has proposed such a ban.
The ban on drinks over 16 ounces would apply only to sweetened options that contain more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. It would not apply to diet soda or any other calorie-free drink. Any drink that is at least half milk or milk substitute would be exempted, as would juice and alcoholic drinks.
The proposal drew strong reaction from the Coca-Cola Co.
The company says in a statement that "The people of New York City are much smarter than the New York City Health Department believes."