Did Microsoft's Vista Circus Promo Break NYC Law?

Yesterday’s fanciful Windows Vista promotion featured thirteen unitard clad abseilers racing down the Terminal Building, waving gaily colored flags to form the Vista logo. It may also have been completely illegal according to NYC Admin Code.

10-114 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.

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.

To be fair, it was really more an exhibition of Vista’s ability to use at least four colors at a time, rather than one of climbing and scaling.

Maybe Microsoft just paid the twenty-five dollars and put an intern in jail upfront. — BEN POPKEN

New York City Administrative Code Section 10-114 Street shows [onecle] (Thanks to David!)