Footloose at Last
by Clare Doyle
Our City Council, after many years of lobbying from those who have created New York City’s famous nightlife scene, has voted to repeal the Cabaret Law. This antiquated statute had long since ceased to be relevant.
The bill passed by the City Council will require nightspots to ensure that any bouncers or security guards they employ are licensed, and to have security cameras installed.
The cabaret law, prohibiting dancing without a cabaret license–which fewer than 100 bars and restaurants in the city have—dated from 1926 and, according to the Daily News, was passed in order to penalize Harlem jazz clubs and speakeasies where black and white patrons freely mixed.
Congratulations to the City Council for finally taking action.
Tango, photo credit Wikimedia Commons
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