BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Ever since 1926, New York City’s records have included a set of statutes collectively known as the Cabaret Law. Beginning with the Prohibition, this has been technically making it illegal to dance and boogie in most of the city’s clubs and bars.
Although possibly not the most known law, and probably among its most unexpected for the “City that Never Sleeps”, the Cabaret Law is reportedly all set and ready to be repelled.
The Cabaret Law, to Be Repelled After 91 Years
According to the Cabaret Law, only places with proper licensing are legally permitted to allow people to dance while also serving beverages and food.
The statutes first started being applied during the Prohibition, but as these fell, they mostly stopped being enforced. These records also suffered various alterations throughout the decades, but that doesn’t mean that fines haven’t been given because of it.
The Cabaret Law has been rarely enforced in recent years, but some report that it has still managed to affect and shape New York City’s nightlife. According to some, obtaining the legal permit for a nightclub might be scaring some off from even trying. In contrast, the number of DIY and underground venues has reportedly increased in recent years.
A Brooklyn councilman, Rafael Espinal, is all set and ready to repel the Cabaret Law. On October 31, he will be present in front of the New York City Council with a bill, one which he says has the 26 required for passing. Thanks to his bill, the Prohibitions-old set of statutes should be repelled, and all should be free to go ‘Footloose’.
Ben Snarle, a spokesperson for the mayor, is reported as having stated that “The mayor strongly supports repealing the law.”
However, Snarle also points out that some of the regulations that came with the cabaret license should still be applied. Namely, he emphasized the need for mandatory security cameras, or certified security guards at all of the larger venues, among others.
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