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Pulling an all-nighter: Mayor signs bill for nightlife office into law

Punk rocker: Former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone voiced his support for the Office of Nightlife.
Photo by Erin Lefevre

He’s taking you to funky town!

Mayor DeBlasio signed a bill establishing the city’s Office of Nightlife on Tuesday, creating the first agency of its kind in the country. And Hizzoner admitted the night mayor that will head the office will be far more beloved than he is.

“It will be led — I’m not going to announce any names yet, there is a massive competition going in — but the office will be led by someone who undoubtedly will be more popular than me and will wield tremendous power,” he said.

The agency’s director of nightlife will act as a liaison between New York City’s $10-billion, late-night industry and City Hall, and oversee a 12-person advisory board with members that serve two-year terms and will be appointed by the council speaker and mayor. The moonlight czar also will be tasked with helping do-it-yourself performance spaces navigate the city’s zoning codes and finding ways to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods where venues operate.

The mayor inked the legislation at Bushwick club House of Yes alongside Councilman Rafael Espinal (D–Bushwick), who introduced it in June.

Renowned jazz musician Ron Carter and Marky Ramone, the former drummer for punk band The Ramones, attended the signing in support of the bill. Ramone cheered its passage, recalling that only three clubs in the city would allow his group of mousy-haired rockers to play its music back in the day.

The Office of Nightlife and its yet-to-be-named czar will be functioning in 60 days now that Mayor DeBlasio signed the bill into law.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Moving and grooving: Mayor DeBlasio signed a bill on Tuesday that will establish an Office of Nightlife, led by the country’s first nightlife mayor.
Photo by Erin Lefevre

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