Office of Nightlife
September 19, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation, Introduction 1688, to create the Office of Nightlife. The bill signing took place at House of Yes, a performance arts venue in Bushwick.

About the Office of Nightlife

The Office of Nightlife, at the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, is a liaison for New York City's nightlife industry and community to all City agencies. This Office’s purpose is to help establish and coordinate systemic solutions to support the nighttime economy, culture, and quality of life.

In September 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to establish the first ever Office of Nightlife in New York City, a bill sponsored by Council Member Rafael Espinal. The establishment of this new Office recognizes and respects the nightlife community's contributions to NYC's energy and creative spirit and to its image worldwide as the "city that never sleeps." Nightlife provides New Yorkers from all five boroughs with places to come together, celebrate and find community.

The formation of the Office of Nightlife cements New York's position as a global leader in a growing movement of more than 40 major cities around the world working to proactively manage life at night. Similar efforts in cities such as Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Berlin have yielded social benefits such as reductions in crime and noise complaints, and healthier, more productive nighttime economies.

In March of 2018, Ariel Palitz was appointed as the first-ever Senior Executive Director of New York City's Office of Nightlife at the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.

 Although the Office of Nightlife is not a reporting or enforcement agency, we are committed to working with nightlife operators, workers, performers, patrons and residents to address their challenges. Working with our partner agencies across City and State government, the Office of Nightlife is committed to promoting safe spaces and social justice, protecting grassroots cultural spaces, streamlining red tape and regulations, working with agencies to develop recommendations that help to ensure fair and proportionate enforcement, and advancing quality of life for all New Yorkers.

NYC Office of Nightlife Legislation: Introduction 1688, Local Law 2017/178



Office of Nightlife Staff


Ariel Palitz

Ariel Palitz is the first Senior Executive Director of the Office of Nightlife at the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.

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.


  • José Soegaard, Deputy Director
  • Ray Martin, Nightlife Industry and Community Relations, Associate Director
  • Francesca Mirra, Strategic Planning Associate



Nightlife Advisory Board

As a complement to the newly formed Office of Nightlife, this all-volunteer, 14-member independent body, will advise the Mayor and the City Council on issues affecting the nightlife industry. The Nightlife Advisory Board is also charged with making independent recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on ways to improve regulations and policies that impact nightlife establishments. All appointed members will serve a term of two years.


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2018 Listening Tour

LES Improvement Plan

NY Times: The Nightlife Mayor's Citywide Tour

Press Release: Office of Nightlife Announces Five Borough Listening Tour

NY Times: New York City Appoints its First Nightlife Mayor

Press Release: Mayor de Blasio Appoints Ariel Palitz as the City's First Ever Senior Executive Director of The Office of Nightlife

NY Post: De Blasio's Newest City Agency: Office of Nightlife

Press Release: Mayor de Blasio Signs Bill Establishing "Nightlife Mayor"