The New York State Liquor Authority is the dominant regulator of music and dancing in New York City. Reform of the zoning law will not remove the SLA regulation. Over 1900 liquor licenses in New York City require licensed venues to prohibit dancing; over 3880 license do not allow live music.
Both prior to and after the 1989 revisions to the Zoning Resolution, Special Permits from the Board of Standards and Appeals or the City Planning Commission were used to provide a way to allow music and dancing uses otherwise prohibited or in certain districts. Special Permits are cumbersome, expensive, and time consuming to obtain and… Continue reading Special Permits by BSA – 18 Years and Only One Social Dancing Special Permit
Metrics and Factors This article provides an overview of numeric metrics and other factors used to regulate music and dancing. This following is not inclusive and provides only examples of the use of the metric or factor. It is necessary to review the numerous provisions of the Zoning Resolution as marked in the excerpt Zoning… Continue reading Metrics and Factors Used in Dance and Music Regulation
Letter suggesting issues to be explored in reviewing zoning resolution re music and dancing.
The New York State Liquor Authority has acted the major regulator of dancing in venues offering alcohol using a scheme that Liquor Licenses and a venues Method of Operation must show whether the venue is offering patron dancing and collaborates with Community Boards to restrict dancing and live music. The SLA collaborates with Community Boards in its enforcement.
A New York Times article from June 30, 1926 describes Mayor Walker’s debating the proposed Cabaret Law curfew and providing contemporary color as to “running wild” and “visitors from outside the city” creating disturbances. The contemporaneous account undermines the implied view that the preamble to the enacted law establishes racism.
Alan D. Sugarman submitted this comment to an oversimplified article appearing in CityLand. The article ignores abusive regulation of dancing and music by the State Liquor Authority, with Community Boards, requiring licensees to comply with an approved Method of Operation, which regulation will persist even with changes to the Zoning Resolution … unconstitutional demands as to type of music and other issues.