NYC Cabaret Law Repeal

Dance like nobody's watching

Nobody puts Baby in a corner—not even in New York City.

After 91 years of subtle shoulder dancing and under-the-table toe tapping, New Yorkers can finally let loose: Mayor Bill de Blasio is making it legal to dance in NYC bars.

His November 27 legislation, which will officially go into effect on January 3, repeals the archaic Cabaret Law from 1926 that prohibits dancing at places without a specific license. It's widely considered to have been created with the purpose of targeting racially diverse areas.

Whether he just rewatched Footloose or has suddenly realized it's 2017, de Blasio echoes the sentiment of many New Yorkers in his statement about the ridiculous law: "We want to be a city where people can work hard, and enjoy their city's nightlife without arcane bans on dancing."

You can put those moves to good use at Bushwick's upcoming "avant dance club," Rose Gold, break out your best Coyote Ugly bar-dancing tribute, or just groove on into the dive next to your apartment. Because you can.