New York City's Office of Nightlife serves as a central point of contact among the nightlife industry, community, and City agencies. Our goal is to help ensure a more vibrant, viable, safe, fair, and well managed nightlife environment in New York City. Nightlife is a vital part of the city's economy, culture, and identity, supporting nearly 300,000 jobs and generating $35.1 billion in economic impact. New York’s nightlife has also long been an important incubator of cultural movements and continues to provide spaces for connection, creativity, and personal expression.
The Office of Nightlife works to support these important contributions by coordinating City services and programs to promote responsible growth, diversity, creativity, inclusion, and quality of life for all New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.
This website is a resource for all New Yorkers to learn more about the city's nightlife industry and community, and includes information for business operators, workers, performers, patrons, and residents to better navigate city services.
Audio Description: In September 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to establish the first ever Office of Nightlife in New York City. 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.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation in September 2017 to establish the office, and Council Member Rafael Espinal sponsored the bill. The Office of Nightlife cements New York's position as a global leader in a growing movement of more than 30 major cities around the world working to balance vibrancy and safety by proactively managing life at night. Similar efforts in cities such as Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Berlin have yielded social benefits such as reductions in noise complaints, and healthier, more productive nighttime economies.
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.
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