New Yorkers Now Able to Groove Freely After Repealing 'No Dancing' Law
For almost a century, New York club owners and citizens had to dance the night away in fear due to breaking a law drawn up during the prohibition. Now, they’re free to get down wherever they please. As one of the nightlife capitals in the United States, the Cabaret Law has plagued the scene long enough and this justice is far past due.
Years ago, a lawsuit was filed in an attempt to eradicate the law. Clearly, it was unsuccessful and establishments were forced to continue to push for licenses. This process was lengthy, and resulted in dancers moving to unsafe, unregulated places to groove.
Initially, the law enforced venues to acquire a license to host “musical entertainment, singing, dancing, or any form of amusement”. Over the years, the law was simplified to an extent. However, with the complete exit of the archaic (and quite frankly inhumane) law, nightlife will now see more freedom and expansion across New York.
Last Tuesday, Brooklyn councilman Rafael Espinal presented a bill to the City Council to repeal the bill. According to the original law, only 97 out of nearly 25,000 of the city's dining establishments had obtained the cabarat license. The costly and difficult to obtain license was originally invoked to curb social dancing has also had the unintended effect of pushing social dance clubs into illegal venues not specifically zoned as dance venues.
Truly, the repeal of this law will only serve New York positively. While citizens can now jive, nightlife can now flourish. Boogie harder, New Yorkers!
H/T: The New York Times