Williamsburg bar Muchmore’s is suing New York City for the right of patrons to dance on their premises. Many New Yorkers are familiar with the prohibition era law that prohibits dancing without a hard to obtain caberet license and forces bars throughout the city to post comical “NO DANCING” signs. Owner Andrew Muchmore is an attorney and hopes to change the law so as to be able to book more dance friendly music acts in his venue. From WSJ:
A band is onstage nearly every night at the North Williamsburg bar, which caters to a mostly young, hipster crowd.
But the fear of a fine has Mr. Muchmore steering clear of booking acts that might encourage his customers to sway.
“The only practical effect of the cabaret law is to prohibit dancing” in the majority of the city’s eating and drinking establishments, the 33-year-old Mr. Muchmore wrote in a lawsuit he filed last week in Brooklyn’s U.S. District Court.
In a statement, the city Law Department said it would review Mr. Muchmore’s claims when it receives the lawsuit.