Adams, nightlife-loving mayor, offers plan to ‘let the people dance’

Mayor Eric Adams has been a visible presence at New York City’s nightlife scene. Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

By Jeffery C. Mays, Julia Carmel | The New York Times

During his first six months as mayor, Eric Adams has developed a reputation for being a fixture of New York City’s nightlife scene.

So it should perhaps not come as a surprise that Mr. Adams has proposed changing the city’s zoning regulations to allow New Yorkers to dance more easily in bars and restaurants.

Although the city had repealed its Cabaret Law, a 1926 regulation that made it illegal to host dancing, singing or musical entertainment without a license, zoning law restrictions left many establishments unable to permit dancing.

“Think about the owner of a tapas bar that has live music on weekends and wants to set aside a small space for dancing, but finds that under city rules, it’s not allowed,” Mr. Adams said on Wednesday during a speech before the Association for a Better New York. “We’re going to change that no to a yes, and let the people dance.”


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June 2022