The COVID-19 pandemic has been such a difficult time for everyone in the nightlife community and we have heard many painful stories. In response the Office of Nightlife is now working with our partners at the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health and Backline Care to connect the nightlife community directly with mental health resources and services through the new ELEVATE Nightlife Mental Health Initiative.
As part of the Elevate Nightlife Mental Health Initiative, people who work in the nightlife industry in New York City can participate in a free and confidential weekly mental health support group moderated by a Backline Care licensed therapists, every Monday at 4:00pm EST. Support groups provide a safe place for people in the nightlife industry to come together and discuss what it means to work in nightlife today.
This new citywide initiative provides free mediation and conflict resolution services to address a number of neighborhood disputes that impact New Yorkers every day. This program is an opportunity to create direct communication and compromise, establishing respectful and ongoing relationships that help New Yorkers co-exist peacefully in their communities while ensuring that small businesses thrive. This program is a collaboration between the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings' Center for Creative Conflict Resolution (CCCR) and the Office of Nightlife (ONL) at the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and was launched in summer 2020.
The Office of Nightlife (ONL) and its Nightlife Interagency Working Group partners established the Multi-Agency Support for Hospitality (MASH) approach to re-frame the regulatory approach to nightlife with a focus on education, prevention, and correction of common issues. MASH helps existing establishments achieve safety and compliance, reducing the need for enforcement that may result in fines or even business closures.
Agency personnel are called upon to assist constituents with guidance on corrective measures. Cases may be opened directly by venue owners and operators, residents, and patrons, as well as referred by community boards, city council members, and city and state agencies. ONL becomes the central point of contact for all involved parties, makes recommendations on how to move forward, and continually follows up until the issue is resolved. This cases are used to identify systemic issues in nightlife and inform ONL's future programs and initiatives.
The Office of Nightlife at the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment presents the first of its semi-annual reports on the Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots, or MARCH program.
The Lower East Side Quality of Life Improvement plan is a multi-agency plan to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers living in one of the city's densest nightlife districts. The plan is focused on a 6-block area on Orchard and Ludlow Streets between Houston and Delancey on Manhattan's Lower East Side.