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

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.
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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 or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Posted 12:00 am, September 21, 2017
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Reasonable discourse

bkmanposeur from nubrucklyn says:
so long cabaret laws!
Sept. 21, 2017, 3:08 pm
Joe L. from Brooklyn Heights says:
At the end of July, the mayor's approval rating was 50% (as per the New York Times), so when deBlasio predicts that the "night mayor" will be more popular than him, that's just math.
Sept. 21, 2017, 3:36 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
As long as NYC keeps,"Broken Windows"laws remain in-effect,or more importantly zero tolerance for illegal Gun-Possession(Mandatory prison-sentences,for ALL violators);let them dance-wherever they want to!! There are important matters,and then there are unimportant ones.
Sept. 21, 2017, 10:24 pm
Cathleen from Cobble Hill says:
Well now all the sex clubs are going to open! They'll say : oh our patrons are just "dancing". This was probably the real intention of Mayor Pervy.
Sept. 22, 2017, 5:29 am
Restaurant Owner from Brooklyn says:

Now now, if NYC & Company actually did their job you would not need this position. Someone really needs to see what the heck Marty Markowitz is doing at NYC & Company. Transplant Fred Dixon who is not even from NY who run NYC & Company must of donated to BDB to keep his job. And, it's still amazing that Kelly Ann Curtin Membership VP is still employed on our tax dollar when the tourism agency daily does nothing to assist small businesses in tourism, restaurants...follow the $$$
Oct. 8, 2017, 11:28 am

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