Recently Annointed, Night Mayor Ariel Palitz Returns to the Lower East Side [VIDEO]
The “victory lap” continues for the city’s new Night Mayor…
NY1 reporter Vivian Lee recently spent time with Ariel Palitz to discuss her newfound role in the Office of Nightlife. The two-minute segment follows a leisurely stroll headquartered completely on the Lower East Side below East Houston, with particular shine on Hell Square. And, rather ironically, passes by No Fun, where a 25-year-old patron reportedly overdosed last Saturday night.
When pushed about her pro-bar stance, Palitz replied:
I don’t think those critics know who I really am. When I sat on Community Board 3, I was actually appointed in order to represent the business community’s perspective, but that is not my only perspective. I am a native New Yorker. I do love New York. I am New York-centric. And I’ve lived above a bar. I understand the discomfort that comes with living in and around and above a nightclub or an area that’s saturated with it. But to say that I don’t love and respect every single aspect of the city — the residents, the community, the culture, the operators — is not an accurate portrayal of my feelings.
Everything this office will do is intended to bring support and harmony to the industry and to the communities they reside in. I also think there is a relief and excitement about the fact there is an office of nightlife, a central place where we can all work together under one umbrella, and maybe help relieve some frustration for everyone. This is an ecosystem of nightlife and community.
Paltiz was a controversial pick for the Night Mayor position given her reputation. During her tenure on the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3, she didn’t exaclty endear herself to locals when, in 2012, she told the Daily News in an interview that the neighborhood was “ripe for the picking.” Her nightclub, Sutra, was also considered one of the worst noise offenders in the East Village that year, with approximately 265 complaints registered via 311.
Palitz is expected to hold a Town Hall listening session later this year to discuss the myriad nightlife-related problems facing the community.
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