Disco Discord: NYPD and Nightlife Owners Clash Over Party-Crashing ‘Raids’

Brooklyn DIY staples Palisades and Silent Barn are just two of many nightlife spaces that have been subject to a Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots, or MARCH—a Giuliani-era creation that summons members of the NYPD, FDNY, State Liquor Authority, Department of Buildings, and more to an establishment that’s been deemed problematic, usually at peak weekend hours … Continue reading Disco Discord: NYPD and Nightlife Owners Clash Over Party-Crashing ‘Raids’

Anti-Dance Law Repeal Supported By Everyone From de Blasio to Duke Ellington’s Family

On August 24, the City Council passed Council Member Rafael Espinal’s Office of Nightlife bill, which would establish a “night mayor” and nightlife task force to mediate between residents, the government, and the nightlife industry. This was good news for the city’s nightlife operators, particularly smaller DIY spaces that currently have to wade through a … Continue reading Anti-Dance Law Repeal Supported By Everyone From de Blasio to Duke Ellington’s Family

Nightlife Advocates and Politicians Want to Dance on the Grave of NYC’s Cabaret Law

Yesterday, hundreds flocked to City Hall to discuss the future of nightlife in New York City at a consumer affairs oversight hearing. It was the first of its kind in over a decade to address the city’s oft-decried cabaret law, which has been in effect since 1926. “The City licenses bars, clubs, taverns, and discos … Continue reading Nightlife Advocates and Politicians Want to Dance on the Grave of NYC’s Cabaret Law

6 Things to Know About Making DIY Spaces Work

Last night, dozens gathered in Greenpoint event space Magick City to discuss the current state of DIY spaces in New York and to brainstorm ideas they could offer the Department of Cultural Affairs that would help keep DIY arts and culture spaces operating safely without being prohibitive financially to those running them. The meeting was … Continue reading 6 Things to Know About Making DIY Spaces Work