Letter suggesting issues to be explored in reviewing zoning resolution re music and dancing.
Fifteen months after repeal of the Cabaret Law, there was little evidence of reform of the Zoning Resolution and representative of the Department of City Planning at hearings held by the new Nightlife Office indicated no interest in studying the issue. Three letters were then sent to the Department.
Third letter to Department of City Planning discussing the 1989 changes to the Zoning Resolution made in response to the Chiasson cases striking down portions of the Cabaret Law as to music performances, and noting the lack of response to prior letters. There was no response to this letter. On conclusion is that the DeBlasio administration had no intention to move forward with removal or restrictions against dancing.
Second 2019 letter requesting Department of City Planning to take the lead in providing a zero-based analysis of each provision of the Zoning Resolution affecting dancing and requesting mapping to show areas in City where dancing was banned.
Letter to DCP requesting mapping of areas where dancing is prohibited. Despite the recognition that the 2017 repeal of the Cabaret Law did not affect the Zoning Resolution’s ban on dancing in many sections of the City, a year later no visible action or movement had taken place to remove the restrictions. This letter was the first of three intended to determine if the Department of City Planning was taking any action to study amendment to the Zoning Resolution.