So Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, has implemented an 8:30 p.m. citywide curfew for kids under 12 in the Windy City. And considering the level of kid-hate that's been bubbling up lately round these parts, not to mention unfortunate incidents like a 5-year-old being shot at 10 p.m., you may wonder whether it's something NYC could implement. However, it seems that people have already tried, and failed, to bring curfews to Gotham.

The last big push for a curfew came in 2004 when Republican City Council members Dennis Gallagher of Queens and James Oddo of Staten Island introduced a bill that would have established a citywide curfew between midnight and 6 a.m. for those under 18. "What this really is about is about protecting the community, but more importantly protecting kids. Kids on the street are victimized at a much higher rate than kids at home," Oddo said at the time. However without support from the mayor, the idea died on the vine.

And even if it had passed, a curfew in New York could have some big legal hurdles to deal with. While a few cities across the state have curfews of one sort or another the City of Rochester is a perfect example of how a curfew law in New York could go wrong. In 2006 the city instituted a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for those under 16 between Sunday and Thursday (midnight to 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) but that curfew was suspended by the courts in 2009 after the ACLU took up the case. In its ruling striking the rule down the New York Court of Appeals deemed that the curfew "imposes an unconstitutional burden on a parent’s substantive due process rights. The city asserts that the ordinance promotes ‘parental supervision' of minors… But the curfew fails to offer parents enough flexibility or autonomy in supervising their children.”

So yeah, while many grownups might enjoy the idea of being able to force those rascally kids to go home and go to sleep, don't expect to see it in our fair city anytime soon.