Diet Mountain Dew is right

There’s a Diet Mountain Dew commercial on TV which is quite clever. It shows a police S.W.A.T. team raiding a building because there’s a guy putting on a puppet show in his window (I wish I could find a copy of the commercial!). The setup of the commercial is, “Fact: Window puppet shows are illegal in New York City” to which the promoter says something along the lines of, “Think that’s surprising? Get this, Diet Dew has great taste,” or something to that effect.

I thought this was an odd law if it was real, but not surprising, so I did some research. They were right. New York City Administrative code section 10-114 states:

Street shows.
a. It shall be unlawful to give any exhibition of climbing or scaling on the front or exterior of any house or building.
b. It shall likewise be unlawful for any person, from any window or open space of any house, or building, to exhibit to the public upon the street, or the sidewalk thereof, any performance of puppet or other figures, ballet or other dancing, comedy, farce, show with moving figures, play or other entertainment.
c. Violations. Any person who shall violate any provision of this
section, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not
more than twenty-five dollars, or imprisonment for thirty days, or both.

Darn. I guess that puppet show I was planning will have to be put on hold.

5 Comments so far

  1. Reid Beels (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 10:55 pm

    That first part seems like it covers the acrobatic billboard that MS did for the vista launch just about perfectly. I wonder if they got a $25 fine.

  2. Blaine Zuver (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    People used to laugh at the fact that the “cabaret law” prohibiting dancing in saloons ( left over from Prohibition ) was still on the books. Then the City started enforcing it for the first time in 70 years . So watch out puppeteers – you may be next.

  3. Stew (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    where can you view this commercial online?

  4. Josh Taylor (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 11:16 am

    This dumb law violates our freedom of speech. Somebody needs to protest against it.

  5. josh wright (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    Did you see the commercial only once? Think if I e mail diet dew they may have it on line?

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