Revelers battle dance ban at NYC bars

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) -- It's been an age old battle in New York City between the nightclubbing revelers who want to dance and sing, and the sleep-deprived New Yorkers who want the fist-pumping, loud dance clubs to quiet down in their neighborhoods.

Now, one Brooklyn Bar owner is challenging the cities "no dance" citing that this is not the town from "Footloose."

It is history lesson time. Back in 1926, Mayor Jimmy Walker took office and quickly said that " Strangers come to New York and they want to run wild and there is too much running wild in these nightbclubs." So, Walker established a law that required these nightclubs to have a Cabaret license if their patrons wanted to dance legally. However, the permits and licenses are not easy to get, and cost money.

Fast-forward a few years and other Mayor's did not care about enforcing that law and it fell to the sidelines, until the Rudy Guiliani administration came along and restored the law.
Therefore, if a bar or club without a Cabaret license has three or more people dancing, a fine is issued.

But, one Brooklyn Bar owner, Andrew Muchmore, says that it is actually a violation to the first amendment rights and is now arguing this law in court.
Muchmore argues that bars and restaurants are forced to play music that is not conducive to dancing, which bans entire genres of music.

The city will decide on whether this law stays or dances off into the sunset next month.

Maybe Kevin Bacon should get involved.

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