Welcome to the Office of Nightlife
New York City’s Office of Nightlife serves as a central point of contact among the nightlife industry, community, and City agencies. Our goal is to help ensure a more vibrant, viable, safe, fair, and well managed nightlife environment in New York City. Nightlife is a vital part of the city’s economy, culture, and identity, supporting nearly 300,000 jobs and generating $35.1 billion in economic impact. New York’s nightlife has also long been an important incubator of cultural movements and continues to provide spaces for connection, creativity, and personal expression.
The Office of Nightlife works to support these important contributions by coordinating City services and programs to promote responsible growth, diversity, creativity, inclusion, and quality of life for all New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.
This website is a resource for all New Yorkers to learn more about the city’s nightlife industry and community, and includes information for business operators, workers, performers, patrons, and residents to better navigate city services.
About the Office of Nightlife
The Office of Nightlife, at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, is a liaison for New York City’s nightlife industry and community to all City agencies. This Office’s purpose is to help establish and coordinate systemic solutions to support the nighttime economy, culture, and quality of life.
In September 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to establish the first ever Office of Nightlife in New York City, a bill sponsored by Council Member Rafael Espinal. The establishment of this new Office recognizes and respects the nightlife community’s contributions to NYC’s energy and creative spirit and to its image worldwide as the “city that never sleeps.” Nightlife provides New Yorkers from all five boroughs with places to come together, celebrate and find community.
The formation of the Office of Nightlife cements New York’s position as a global leader in a growing movement of more than 40 major cities around the world working to proactively manage life at night. Similar efforts in cities such as Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Berlin have yielded social benefits such as reductions in crime and noise complaints, and healthier, more productive nighttime economies.
Although the Office of Nightlife is not a reporting or enforcement agency, we are committed to working with nightlife operators, workers, performers, patrons and residents to address their challenges. Working with our partner agencies across City and State government, the Office of Nightlife is committed to promoting safe spaces and social justice, protecting grassroots cultural spaces, streamlining red tape and regulations, ensuring fair and proportionate enforcement, and advancing quality of life for all New Yorkers.