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Monday, November 28, 2005

Where's Kevin Bacon when you need him?

It's unbelievable, but it's true - you can dance in a NY bar, but at the risk of breaking the law.

New York is known for its vibrant nightlife, yet in many bars and restaurants it's illegal to dance. Now, a law professor is challenging the "Cabaret Laws," claiming they violate a dancer's right of free expression. The city says dancing by patrons is not a protected right -- and can prove it.

-From All Things Considered, November 28, 2005

And, it's all because they don't have the proper license, which they can't get because they operate in a residential area. But, if a bar were in a non residential area, dancing could ensue. The law Dates back to the days of the Cabaret, way back in 1926. And, it's still enforced. The city and the Mayor seem to be in favor of keeping it on the books, saying that if it were repealed all hell would break loose - cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria.... But seriously, they believe it might lead to more loud bars in residential areas, and lower the standard of living, etc.

You can put that on the list of other stupid NYC laws and policies, right under :
Subway searches, illegal smoking in bars, and strip clubs with girls that just go topless(WTF? What am I paying for? Just to see titties?! I don't think so!!!!). That's not everything, but they're the most glaring examples of a city gone wrong under an up-tight ass of a Mayor.