Only 244 dance spots left in New York

July 23, 2006 at 10:38 AM

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) -- A move's afoot in New York City to loosen a 1926 noise bylaw that's left dancers only 244 spots to dance legally in the city of 8 million people.

A Saturday demonstration in front of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's home was the latest in a series of moves to revamp the 80-year-old law that was enacted to keep noise down in neighborhoods, the New York Post reported.

"When you hear the rhythm and you want to move and you can't, that's the beginning of a repressive government," said dancing demonstrator and civil-rights lawyer Norman Siegel.

Bloomberg has followed former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's path of quality-of-life bylaw enforcement that targets noisy, late-night party spots, the newspaper said.

The city council has a debate scheduled on modernizing the noise ordinance, the newspaper said.

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