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New York City announces plans for Nighttime Ambassador

By | Published on Friday 16 June 2017

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New York City is to follow Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and London in having an official to specifically oversee the cultivation of its nightlife. The city’s Office Of Media And Entertainment has announced plans to install its first Nighttime Ambassador as part of a new economic plan launched yesterday.

“I am THRILLED that Mayor [Bill] de Blasio has announced the creation of a new function within our agency, a nightlife office, the City’s first Nighttime Ambassador”, says NYC’s Media And Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. “New York City nightlife is second to none and is a major reason why people around the world flock here to live and visit”.

Referencing the need for someone to specifically oversee New York’s night time economy, and echoing some of the reason’s for Amy Lamé’s installation in a similar role in London last year, Menin continues: “[Nightlife businesses are] also a vital part of the city’s economy generating hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic output. Yet in recent years, over 20% of small music venues in the city have closed. Our office aims to work with various stakeholders to both support the industry and ensure that community concerns are being addressed”.

Nightlife brings around $10 billion into the wider New York economy annually, reckons the mayor’s office, as well as providing over 300,000 people with employment.