We’ve been smoke free in NYC bars for a good while now. But the NY State Appellate Court insists that you leave your dancing shoes at home, too. Via NY Post:
A bid to overturn the city’s cabaret law was tripped up yesterday when a state appeals court held that the statute, which bars dancing in most bars and taverns, is constitutional.
A group of social dancers had filed a lawsuit saying the law – which requires establishments to have difficult-to-get cabaret licenses if they allow three or more people to dance – violated their right of free expression.
“Recreational dancing is not a form of expression protected by the federal or state constitutions,” the state Appellate Division ruled.
In a unanimous decision, the five-judge panel found the purposes of the 80-year-old law were “to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public by limiting noise, congestion and various hazards in residential areas.”
Our spies were in the courtroom and snapped this Exclusive! pic of the proceedings.