Lawmakers in Albany say they couldn't go with 8AM openings was because Community Boards in NYC complained brunch eaters are too noisy. Really...that's what they said. It was reported in Liz Benjamin's wildly popular blog.
This is supposed to be the city that never sleeps. I mean really, think about it.....Wouldn't noise complaints come at night when DJs and bands play in clubs ?
The real reason. They don't like to parcel out freedom and they want to be able to go back to the clergy and brag how they preserved half the morning for going to church.