The New York Court of Appeals reinstated a ban on adult businesses co-existing with most residential and commercial districts on Tuesday.
The ruling prohibits adult entertainment businesses like strip clubs from operating within 500 feet of churches, schools, parks and most residential and commercial neighborhoods. Five of six appellate court judges ruled in favor of the ban, Crain’s New York reported.
Former Mayor Rudy Guiliani first propelled the effort to better curtail the adult industry in the '90s when neighborhoods like Times Square were populated with XXX shops, peep shows, and drug dealers.
In 2001, the city banned any establishment that had more than 40 percent of its space occupied with adult material. The adult industry successfully overturned that legislation in a lawsuit, but the decision on Tuesday reinstates it as well.