Mayor de Blasio has a job for you. Hizzoner signed a bill Tuesday to create an issues affecting Nightlife Industry. Tasked with helping the city’s nightlife industry grow while managing community concerns.
“The office will be led — I will not announce any names yet, there is a massive competition going in. But the office will led by someone who undoubtedly will be more popular than me. And will wield tremendous power: the nightlife mayor,” de Blasio said.
The mayor signed the bill — at night — at House of Yes. A Bushwick venue for art and music that in recent weeks hosted events. Dubbed “Pole Play Wednesday,” and “Foreplay: Sensual Theatre.”
But the mayor brought along a little star power for the signing. Joined by famous jazz musician Ron Carter and Marky Ramone. The drummer of the legendary punk band The Ramones. Which led de Blasio to wax poetic about the late CBGBs.
“The punk movement was tremendously important and spoke to my heart and so many of the hearts of people around ”
Ramone said CBGBs was one of just three clubs that would allow bands like him to perform. “There’s a fine line between becoming a bedroom community or a big apple.” Ramone said, adding that the mayor hoped the Office of Nightlife. And an attached 12-person Nightlife Committee would keep the city accessible and vibrant.
Issues affecting nightlife: New York City right now is really at a crossroads.
We have lost all the iconic and diverse venues to corporate entities which homogenize the industry. And expect you to pay expensive cover charges and drop hundreds of dollars on bottle service,” Espinal said.
“This is surreal to have the mayor getting ready in our dressing room getting ready. And to have cops in the house and to have government people and DJs and circus freaks. And people who party for a living all in one place,” she said. “Why should it be so surreal to have the arts and culture capital of the world. Be to support the space that makes this kind of art and culture?”
Other venues haven’t been able to make that transition House of Yes did.
“Diverse and smaller venues that help create New York City’s brand as the city that never sleeps. Have been shuttering their doors,” Espinal told the News before the signing.
As a self-described “patron of New York City’s nightlife.” Espinal said the idea was brewing as he watched venues he’d frequented, like Glasslands and Shea Stadium, close down. The East Williamsburg rock club, not the actual stadium — shut down in March, citing “pressure from local authorities” and need to get proper permits. The venue has been seeking a new home.
Asked which current spots he patronized, Espinal cited House of Yes and Zablocki’s in Williamsburg. But he said he wasn’t sure of the nightlife industry creed of the city’s mayor. “I can’t speak to him,” he said of de Blasio. “But I have seen some of his dance moves.”