The move is something of seachange from past NYC administrations.
New York City is establishing a nightlife office and Nighttime Ambassador as part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. The news came as part of the Mayor’s larger “New York Works” ten-year economic initiative announced today.
The as-yet-named Nighttime Ambassador, according to the announcement, will act as an advocate for the music and nightlife industry and serve as a "central point of coordination between venues, local authorities and communities. The Ambassador will also provide "support with licensing and permits" and may eventually "provide financial support for legal services, architectural services, and safety improvements.” An advisory board made up of nightlife stakeholders will be convened to support the Ambassador.
“I am thrilled that Mayor de Blasio has announced the creation of a new function within our agency, a nightlife office the City’s first Nighttime Ambassador,” said NYC Media and Entertainment commissioner Julie Menin in a statement. “New York City nightlife is second to none and is a major reason why people around the world flock here to live and visit. It is also a vital part of the city’s economy generating hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic output. Yet in recent years, over 20 percent of small music venues in the city have closed. Our office aims to work with various stakeholders to both support the industry and ensure that community concerns are being addressed.”