New York City has appointed its first Nightlife Mayor, joining other cities around Europe like Amsterdam, London, Toulouse and Paris who have also created a similar position. The title goes to Ariel Palitz who will be the Big Apple’s first Senior Executive Director of the Office of Nightlife. She is a former bar and club owner.
She will act as a liaison between the community and the city’s vibrant nightlife. She will try and help nightlife grow within the city, while also taking into consideration the concerns of residents and other players in the city. She has promised listening tours to get those concerns.
“Both sides feel unheard,” she said via the NY Times. “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.”
Palitz has worked as a promoter and bar owner, most notably for The Flat, a East village bar, which she turned into Sutra after it went under in 2004.
"It is exciting to learn that NYC's first Nightlife Mayor is a female with a strong background in nightlife and community advocacy," NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal, Chair of the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Contracts, said in a statement via Rolling Stone.
"I believe the nightlife community will have a well-rounded voice in Ariel Palitz and the administration will have a unique perspective on nightlife issues. There is a lot of work to do and I look forward to working with Ariel as I continue advocating for the independent venues and DIY community that desperately needs the city's support to come out of the bureaucratic shadows.”
The nightlife mayor comes in conjunction with a push by the mayor’s office and city council to try and prop up nightlife in the city. They repealed the racist and ridiculous cabaret law that outlawed dancing in most establishments.