Repealing NYC’s 91-Year-Old Cabaret Law Is a First Step, Not the End of an Error

Repealing NYC’s 91-Year-Old Cabaret Law Is a First Step, Not the End of an Error

Crowds were dancing in the streets Tuesday as NYC lifted a 91-year-old law that prevented dancing in most bars, lounges, restaurants, and nightclubs. Revelers saw this as a victory of the young and woke over the forces of old and evil. The law seemed racist when it was first launched in 1926 and used against […]

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A Glimmer of Hope for Manhattan’s Near-Extinct Club Scene

A Glimmer of Hope for Manhattan’s Near-Extinct Club Scene

It was 4:00 a.m. the Sunday night before the Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ holiday. A crowd of about 600 was cavorting to techno/house music from legendary DJ Jonathan Peters at Analog, a no-frills Brooklyn club with a great sound system. For 15 years, Jonathan Peters deejayed on average four gigs a week and had a seven-year residency […]

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The Need for an NYC Nightlife DON

The Need for an NYC Nightlife DON

Last month, New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill to create a director of nightlife. The aptly acronymed DON will oversee the Office of Nightlife with the express purpose of promoting growth of “jobs and wages in the music industry,” according to the mayor. This is an “office that’s really going to […]

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