New proposal would bring 24-hour nightlife to New York City

The City That Never Sleeps may quickly dwell up to its nickname.

New York’s nightlife czar is pushing to create 24-hour “entertainment districts,” the place it would be OK for booze to movement, bass to thump and our bodies to sway across the clock.

Despite the town already partying prefer it’s 1999.

“Everything is on the table right now,” mentioned Ariel Palitz, who runs the town’s Office of Nightlife.

“We do know that 24-hour usage is very successful in other parts of the world. People say it might be terrible for quality of life, but in fact we found the opposite.”

Her advice is buried on page 136 of a 160-page report issued this month by Palitz’s taxpayer-funded company, a division of the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment.

The report claims that “uniform closing hours” for bars and golf equipment “can lead to elevated tensions when teams of individuals concurrently exit venues into public streets and sidewalks.

“Allowing 24-hour use in specified districts, if implemented properly, can help people to move at their own pace and reduce conflicts.”

Ariel Palitz, Executive Director of Nightlife for NYC.
Ariel Palitz argues the change could lead on to higher high quality of life for folks within the metropolis.
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But the proposal comes as crime in New York is surging, quality-of-life violations have escalated and metropolis leaders have failed to stem raging after-hours events — with scorching spots that embrace Washington Square Park and Hell Square within the Lower East Side.

Adding 24-hour leisure can solely make issues worse, cautioned Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow on the Manhattan Institute, a suppose tank targeted on city coverage.

“We need to retain New York City’s fragile residential population right now more than we need a few thousand more drunk people in the streets,” she informed The Post.

“The city is already having trouble policing disorder. Now think about the unique challenges of trying to police a place where people go to behave in a way they wouldn’t behave at home. You have to wonder if New York City is up to the challenge.”

People attend a party during the the opening night of the Resorts World Las Vegas hotel-casino.
People attend a celebration in the course of the the opening night time of the Resorts World Las Vegas hotel-casino.
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The nightlife examine, drafted by Palitz’s in-house group, “recommends identifying potential areas with low residential density where a limited 24-hour program might be tested, allowing late-night activity to operate free from nuisance complaints or other conflicts.”

She pointed to Times Square as having the apparent potential for all-night carousing.

“Watching Times Square come to a standstill during the pandemic was heartbreaking,” Palitz informed The Post.

Under present New York City rules, drink-serving institutions can open as early as 8 a.m. however should shut by 4 a.m. “last call.” Few venues keep open all 20 hours.

Tiësto performs during the Resorts World Las Vegas Grand Opening on June 24, 2021 in Las Vegas.
New York may observe within the footsteps of Amsterdam.
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Broadway producer Holly Anne-Devlin of Kaleidoscope Entertainment mentioned round the clock partying in Times Square is lengthy overdue.

“We have to compete with Vegas and we have to compete with Miami and right now we’re not. Those cities are just more fun,” mentioned Devlin, who launched “Speakeasy,” a booze-soaked burlesque efficiency, at Bond 45 in Times Square Friday. “We’d love to be able to perform all the time.”  

Kori Yoran, basic supervisor of the lavish new Margaritaville Resort Times Square, slated to open Thursday, additionally welcomes the potential of entertaining friends 24 hours a day.

Large crowds of people mostly without masks fill Times Square  on June 12, 2021
Holly Anne-Devlin of Kaleidoscope Entertainment agreed that Times Square is ripe for the change.
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“This would be a great initiative to help rebuild and bring much needed business to the neighborhood,” he mentioned. “Times Square is the entertainment hub of our city and the world quite frankly, so we think it makes perfect sense.”

Proponents envision the Big Apple turning into, effectively, a brand new Amsterdam.

The Netherlands metropolis, lengthy celebrated by world revelers for its embrace of pot and prostitution, launched a focused and profitable 24-hour nightlife program in 2012.

 A general view of the Red Light District.
A basic view of the Red Light District in Amsterdam.
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Applicants for all-hours licenses there have been chosen upon “strict criteria … that included cultural significance, accessibility to public transportation, and locations without ‘inconvenience to local residents,’” the report states. Applicants have been additionally requested to provide further daytime and mid-week programming “with community benefits.”

About a dozen venues in Amsterdam have been granted all-hours licenses.

Palitz envisions an analogous program in New York City: a restricted variety of licenses in choose neighborhoods that include strings hooked up to profit the broader group.

Other worldwide get together cities like Berlin, Las Vegas, London, New Orleans and Tokyo provide 24-hour nightlife choices — however not the Big Apple.

Tokyo could be one of the cities New York could emulate.
Tokyo could possibly be one of many cities New York may emulate.
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Palitz says New York should discover modern methods to increase what the report calls the town’s “creative economy” — a $150 billion per yr enterprise chargeable for virtually 1 out of 10 native jobs. That business was savaged in the course of the pandemic-fueled shutdowns.  

The metropolis misplaced 45 % of its jobs in arts & leisure and 40 % of its consuming & ingesting institutions over the previous yr, in accordance to knowledge offered by the state.

NYCGo, the town’s tourism company, hopes to appeal to 36.1 million guests this yr — nonetheless far beneath the report 66.6 million who visited New York City in 2019, earlier than the shutdowns.

In addition to 24-hour leisure, the report suggests altering zoning rules to increase the town’s music and dancing scenes.

New Orleans night life on Bourbon street.
New Orleans night time life on Bourbon avenue.
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Much of the town’s nightlife was regulated till lately by a 1926 Prohibition Era “Cabaret Law” that restricted the power of venues to enable dancing.

“Back in the day there were so many more dance clubs in the city,” mentioned Palitz. “There’s a real desire and need now for more dancing in New York, especially in Manhattan.”

As for 24-hour licensing, the report makes no neighborhood suggestions, stating solely that the Office of Nightlife will work with the Department of City Planning “and other agency partners to explore potential areas for implementation.”

The study from Palitz's team said the testing of a 24-hour area would have to be in a low residential spot.
The examine from Palitz’s group mentioned the testing of a 24-hour space would have to be in a low residential spot.
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The course of would additionally search enter from native leaders, group boards and neighbors. The state would want to become involved to implement 24-hour liquor licenses. And there is no such thing as a timeframe.

“No matter what, this recommendation will fall in the lap of the next administration,” mentioned one metropolis official.

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