Let’s Dance to the news; NYC’s 91 year-old Cabaret Law expected to be repealed today by The City Council. What does this mean?
Congratulations are in order for New York City proprietors, patrons and tourists alike, who soon can be dancing in many more of the 26,000 NYC venues and restaurants. Only 100 currently are licensed for dancing.
THE CABARET LAW: 1926 & NOW
The Cabaret Law dates to 1926, which permits dancing only in licensed cabarets. The law was originally intended to crack down on black and white people dancing together at speakeasys and clubs.
In Europe, de Blasio met with the London Night Czar, Amy Lamé, Maire De La Nuit Paris, Clément Léon R and the Nachtburgemeester Amsterdam, Mirik Milan. Upon his return, he presented his findings to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
In September, NYC’s Mayor De Blasio signed legislation to create the ‘Office of Nightlife’ and is gearing up to appoint a ‘Nightlife Mayor.’ This position will serve as a central point of contact between City agencies, the nightlife industry, and city residents, promoting a safe and vibrant nightlife scene beneficial to businesses and residents across the five boroughs.
The Mayor is basing “The Don of NYC Nightlife Mayor” position on similar posts in London, Paris and Amsterdam. When ‘Nightlife Mayor’ Candidate Gerard McNamee learned of this, he took to the airways and headed to Europe on a listening tour. While in Europe, Gerard met with the London Night Czar, Amy Lamé, Maire De La Nuit Paris, Clément Léon R and the Nachtburgemeester Amsterdam, Mirik Milan. Upon his return, he presented his findings to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
“The cabaret laws have been the bane of Gotham proprietors and revelers alike since the days of prohibition. It’s a long time coming, let’s dance! Congratulations New York City.” — Gerard McNamee, former EVP of Community Affairs & Special Operations for the legenndary Webster Hall East Village venue.
Gerard McNamee a/k/a “Candidate McNamee” is currently campaigning to win the mayoral appointment to the newly created position of Senior Executive Director of Nightlife for NYC.
Who could be better? According to Commissioner Julie Menin of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, “I strongly believe there is no man, woman or transgender more qualified or specifically suited for the mayor’s appointment. The job posting for the position has been my jobdescription for the past decade and more. I’m ready, let’s dance!”