The Office of Nightlife, at the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, serves as a central point of contact between City agencies, nightlife business owners, residents, employees, patrons, and artists, promoting a safe and vibrant nightlife scene beneficial to all New Yorkers. Nightlife is vital to New York’s economy as well as its identity. The industry supports close to 300,000 jobs and generates billions of dollars in economic activity. New York’s nightlife has also long been an important incubator of cultural movements and continues to provide spaces for creativity, social cohesion, and personal expression.
In Fall 2018, the Office of Nightlife embarked on a five-borough listening tour, kicking off in Brooklyn, and continuing to Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Manhattan. The listening sessions were designed to inform the Office of Nightlife as it pursues policy recommendations and long-term solutions to ensure a safe and vibrant nightlife scene that works for all New Yorkers. New York City business owners, employees, promoters, performers, patrons, and residents from all five boroughs attended the listening tour and shared feedback on topics such as quality of life, safety, regulations, enforcement, and the role nightlife plays in fostering creativity and social cohesion.
The Office of Nightlife is led by Senior Executive Director Ariel Palitz, a lifelong New Yorker and nightlife professional. Palitz comes to the role with deep experience in both nightlife and community building. She owned and operated Sutra, a nightclub on the Lower East Side, for ten years; served on Community Board 3 for over six years and spent the past three years before her current appointment helping entrepreneurs open nightlife establishments in NYC through her consulting company Venue Advisors.