Posted in NYC | music on November 2, 2005

Bars Against Bloomberg

An organization called Bars Against Bloomberg writes:

"The Bloomberg administration proposed the pending 'Nightlife License,' which may cause most NYC lounges, bars and nightclubs to close at 1AM.

You may have heard of the Nightlife License last year, reported by many local new sources. Thanks to
nightlife activists, this license has been put on hold for this past year. However with Mike Bloomberg’s reelection campaign promising to increase the crackdown on 'quality of life' issues, such as sound and crowds, the chances that the Nightlife License will return is very high. The smoking ban already happened, and the Nightlife License is likely to happen as well."

For more information, check stories on the Nightlife License in New York Metro and the NY Times.

Having lived through Giuliani, cabaret laws, and the smoking ban, this doesn't seem so unrealistic. What do you think?



Comments (17)

Sadly, it could become a reality...

Bloomberg takes personal vendettas to such a serious level...

If NYC bars closed at 1 am, that would be an earlier closing time than my hometown in the Midwest... yikes.

Posted by duh, not too tough | November 2, 2005 12:41 PM

it'll never happen. the revenue lost would be huge.

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2005 1:17 PM

I really hope this doesn't happen becasue it is sure to be worse than Bloomberg says it is.

Posted by danfun | November 2, 2005 1:21 PM

it already occurs in some ny towns (ithaca). i think my liver would be safer. and yet, my life would suck more.

Posted by e | November 2, 2005 1:22 PM

if you actually read the NY Times article, it becomes pretty clear that this Bars Against Bloomberg organization is BLOWING THIS WAY OUT OF PROPORTION.

nobody is proposing a blanket law that would require bars to close at 1AM. this is ridiculous, they're getting a lot of attention with misleading information.

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2005 1:39 PM

Well, if you bother to read the articles cited you'll notice that (1) the articles are from February 2004; and that (2) the proposal that was mentioned at that time involved replacing the cabaret license (so patrons can dance) with a nightlife license (so bars can stay open after 1 a.m.). The proposal was not one proposing to curtail all alcohol sales after 1 a.m.

Do I want them to require such a permit for bars? No. But is it what most people assume it is? No.

Posted by Greg | November 2, 2005 1:40 PM

why doesn;t nyc get their act together and stop electing conservative assholes

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2005 1:44 PM

Er...Mike Bloomberg isn't exactly a conservative. He's a lifelong Democrat that switched to the Republican party before running solely because he knew he could never get on the Democratic ticket. If you take nearly any social issue you choose, you'll see the man is essentially a liberal. Oh, and he's a brilliant mayor.

Posted by Matt | November 2, 2005 3:41 PM

maybe this will be the house party revolution. party at your house, yo. ;-)

Posted by jinners | November 2, 2005 4:51 PM

He's hardly brilliant. He is singularly obsessed with overdeveloping the city and making living here impossible for middle and lower income people and families. He also has no desire to pay civil servants anything resembling competitive wages. He contributed 7 million dollers to Republican groups that supported Bush/Cheney. His support by his very presnesce and speech at the RNC is prove enough. The RNC cost the city money and did not bring in any sizable amounts. It will wind up costing more once the lawsuits for questionable arrests reachthe courts and are settled. He has more Republican links than you seem able to comprehend. He is a dyed in the wool free market Republican with little concern for the human condequwnces of that in NY or elsewhere. The man is worth 4 billion dollers. Do you think for one minute that his plans for the city aren't blinded by this fact.
And, please don't respond "hey anonymous", just keep your mouth closed and breath. Reading might help as well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2005 5:02 PM

my friend works in the mayor's office and i guarantee you she would not let this happen. She assures me it won't be on the agenda.

Posted by jonathan | November 2, 2005 10:49 PM

I miss the old New York City.

What is NY if you can't start bar hopping at midnight and still have a great time and get pissed drunk?

Posted by Mel | November 3, 2005 9:43 AM

I have to address the notion that Bloomberg is a liberal.

Q: What individual was the largest contributor to the Bush 2004 campaign?
A: Michael Bloomberg.

No liberal would be capable of wishing 4 more years of Bush on this country. He's no closet liberal--he's just a cynical opportunist.

That said, I work in a bar and this threat to NYC nightlife is _real_. The idea that bar owners are going to pay a small fee and then go about their business is a sham. Even now the NYPD makes the rounds of bars looking for nonexistent "violations" as a way of hounding the bars out of business. What Bloomberg hopes to do is to make the bars pay for the license that allows them to stay open past 1. Then, the police will raid the bars over and over again looking for some pretext (oh look--someone left an empty glass on a table--let's write a ticket) to shut them down and take away their licenses until they have to go out of business. The harassment of bars is already well underway; there is no doubt that the city wants to put most of them out of business. Haven't you realized yet that NYC is supposed to be the new Disneyworld? The new Mall of America?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2005 10:56 AM

You'd think there would have to be about 145 billion issues more important to the city than closing bars at 1:00AM. Like the Olympics for instance. :p

Posted by Joe Schmo | November 3, 2005 11:12 AM

the nightlife issue... unabridged
i should further explain the nightlife issue for the sake of accuracy... last year mayor bloomberg proposed to replace the seventy-eight year old cabaret law with a new law which would require bars to have a nightlife license if they want to stay open past 1am. since there was enough opposition from clubs and club supporters the law was temporarily set aside, very likely to maintain a good image with business owners in hopes of his re-election.

everyone agrees that the old cabaret law should be replaced, the idea that it is illegal to dance in most clubs or anywhere for that matter is absurd. it's not unreasonable to replace the cabaret license with a nightlife license, the cabaret license is nearly impossible for most clubs to have due to zoning restrictions. what is unreasonable is that under the new law a club could be padlocked for three minor offenses such as a dirty sidewalk in two years time, or the club could permanently have it's nightlife license revoked for two serious offenses such as underaged drinking and thereafter have to close at 1am.

i can tell you as someone who works in the nightlife industry that the cabaret unit makes it's rounds at least a couple times a year and issues summonses every time, new york nightlife association attorney rob bookman said that “no establishment could survive this kind of scrutiny.” this would mean that eventually most clubs that you and i are used to going to will most likely have to close at 1am. you can find links to news articles about this on and or you can google it for yourself.

new york times article
new york article

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2005 2:45 AM

ok. i don't know too much about the law he proposed other than what i read in the NY times and the bars against bloomberg site. but it does seem like it is blown way out of proportion. it wouldn't surprise me if he did try to do this either.

But when people like the "anonymous" person who didn't want replies spells words like "doller" (sic) wrong, it makes me think about how accurate your information might be.

before you start arguing about me being for bloomberg, I am on your side, not his.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2005 8:19 PM

In a few years no young people will live in new york,everybody will be in california or miami, because of these unmodern laws.

They allow to drink but not to dance????

Posted by Christina | February 8, 2007 12:49 PM

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