New York City has named the former owner of what was once called the city’s noisiest bar as the first director of the city’s new Office of Nightlife.
Ariel Palitz, who owned the now-closed Sutra nightclub in Manhattan, was announced as the city’s new “nightlife mayor” Wednesday. The Office of Nightlife was created last September after Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio signed off on a law creating it.
Palitz promised to hold a series of listening tours as her first official act, saying she will advocate for the city’s nightlife and moderate for concerned neighborhoods.
She will oversee a 12-person advisory board and a $300,000 annual budget.
In an interview with The New York Times, Palitz promised to hold listening tours and “entertain the gripes of those who are bothered by the vomit on their streets or the noise at 3 a.m.” She added, “Both sides feel unheard. Both sides feel that things are unfair. I think the grievances are almost the same but there haven’t been any practical real-world solutions to address them.”
Democratic Councilman Rafael Espinal says he is excited by Palitz’s appointment, but hopes she will work to acknowledge nightlife in the outer boroughs.