NEW YORK: Caroline Stern, 55, and her boyfriend George Hess, 54, claim they were handcuffed by having happy feet on the platform of the subway station at Columbus Circle and spent 23 hours in custody as a result.
It was almost midnight when Stern and Hess, a teacher of film and prop industry headed home last July from Jazz at the Lincoln Center Swing Night of San Juan. While waiting for the train, a musician began playing the steel drums in the nearly empty platform, and Stern and Hess began to feel the rhythm.
“If you’re surrounded by good musicians, they will make you want to dance,” said Stern. “The musician who is playing is legal, but the dancers are illegal?”
“When you’re waiting for the subway at night, there is not much to do but dance and celebrate life,” he said.
The Law Department of the city is reviewing the court documents, a spokeswoman said.
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