Proposed Party Zone Could End Last Call In A Part Of NYC
Well, that may no longer be an issue in at least a part of New York City. A proposed nightlife party zone could end last call for a section of NYC.
In a 160-page report, the city’s Office of Nightlife recommended that officials identify areas with low residential density “where a limited 24-hour program might be tested.” the Associated Press reported.
Yes, New York City has an Office of Nightlife. It was set up in 2017 to serve as a liaison between nightlife operators and city enforcement agencies and is part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
“Cities around the world are expanding the way institutions and businesses can operate at night, as limitations on closing hours have pushed late night activity to unlicensed venues, sometimes coming into conflict with residential uses,” the report stated.
“Uniform closing hours for nightlife businesses can result in groups of people congregating in the street, elevating tensions between patrons and residents.”
Currently, New York City bars are required to close at 4 a.m.
The report pointed out that Amsterdam began allowing nightlife venues to apply for 24-hour licenses in 2012, “developing strict criteria for potential applicants that included cultural significance, accessibility to public transportation, and locations without ‘inconvenience to local residents.'”
Berlin, too, has a 24-hour nightlife district.
But New York hardly sleeps even when the bars are closed. According to an article New York magazine Brock Colvar wrote that “partying in New York never really stopped. There were boat parties, pool parties, karaoke parties, sex parties, silent-disco parties, park parties, house parties, warehouse parties, and roof parties.”
Post-nightclub and bar parties are pretty common in other cities around the world, too.