New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio officially signed the bill to repeal the 91-year-old Cabaret Law that required clubs, bars and restaurants to have a license to allow dancing. The law went into effect in 1926 and was at least partially enacted to discourage racial mixing at Harlem jazz clubs. Fewer than 100 of the more than 26,000 NYC bars and restaurants actually owned a cabaret license. The signing ceremony happened at new Bushwick club Elsewhere. Via The New York Post, De Blasio said "It’s 2017. There should not be a law in New York City against dancing. What we’re doing here tonight is we’re actually aligning to our truest identity as New Yorkers. This has always been a place of free expression."
Check out video and a few more pictures from this historic and long-overdue occasion below.