Finally, smaller DIY venues in New York will receive some support from the city. Tuesday night at House of Yes, Mayor de Blasio signed a bill that will create a Nightlife Office for the city with its own Nightlife Mayor and a 12-member committee.
Marky Ramone and jazz bassist Ron Carter where in attendance to show their support.
Councilman Rafael Espinal, who introduced the bill as well as the one to repeal NYC’s outdated cabaret law, said “New York City right now is really at a crossroads. We have lost all of the iconic and diverse venues to corporate entities which in turn homogenize the industry and expect you to pay expensive cover charges and drop hundreds of dollars on bottle service,” specifically cited the closings of Glasslands and Shea Stadium as inspiration for the bill.
Gothamist spoke to Todd P at the ceremony, who said, “I think there’s a necessity for the city, on an institutional level, to endorse the fact that nightlife is important, even if that endorsement may be by definition lip service. The reality is this is a city with a lot of moving parts in the way regulation works, so for folks that are carrying out enforcement to see the mayor supporting us has real consequences. We had the mayor three feet from Espinal while he shouted out Shea Stadium and 285 Kent and Death by Audio — places that had to operate in an underground way because of the city’s regulations. It doesn’t change everything, but it’s a good first step.”
Candidates for Night Mayor have not be announced, though we’re hoping Andrew W.K. gets the job.
He’s certainly a better candidate than Matthew Demar, the white rapper and Trump supporter who really wants the job.