Cabaret Law Enacted


Under Mayor Jimmy Walker, the New York City legislature passed the Cabaret Law, preventing three or more persons from dancing in any given club or bar at one time. Establishments could apply for a license, but these were hard to come by. Purported to ensure fire safety measures and occupancy limits, many historians assert that this law was meant to crack down on speakeasies and the performance of jazz.

Kerry, Eli and Bullock, Penn. "The Racist Legacy of NYC's Racist Anti-Dancing Law

"Harlem Jazz Club 1926."