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About the Office of Nightlife

Mayor de Blasio signing legislation creating the Office of Nightlife, on stage surrounded by nightlife workers, advocates, and government officials

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


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.


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Our Agenda 

  • Support Business Development & Recovery
    Improve the business environment for existing and prospective operators by creating resources to assist businesses understanding of regulatory processes, and coordinate efforts of city agencies involved in managing, regulating, and promoting nightlife.
  • Improve Quality of Life
    Strengthen relationships between venues and communities through programs and policies to manage sound, reduce traffic congestion, improve waste collection, and mediate conflicts.
  • Promote Safety, Equity, & Harm Reduction
    Promote opportunities in nightlife for people to look out for each other through campaigns and workshops to promote harm reduction, bystander intervention, mental health awareness, and worker and patron safety.
  • Elevate Nightlife Culture
    Preserve and protect venues that foster connection, creativity, and personal expression through programs to support cultural spaces and the New Yorkers who work and perform in them. 
     


 

Leadership & Staff

Image of Senior Executive Director of the Office of Nightlife Ariel Palitz

 

The Office of Nightlife at the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment is led by the first-ever 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 three years before her current appointment helping entrepreneurs open nightlife establishments in NYC through her consulting company Venue Advisors.

 

  • José Soegaard, Deputy 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. Read more about the Nightlife Advisory Board.

 



Nightlife Reports

 

NYC Office of Nightlife Report 2018-2021
Office of Nightlife: 2020 Year in Review
Economic Impact Study of NYC Nightlife