Mayor Wants to School ‘Night Owls’ to Not be Drunken Idiots in Hell Square

Posted on: October 23rd, 2019 at 5:00 am by

The city yesterday announced a new “common sense” etiquette campaign targeted at drunk bar-goers for the benefit of area quality-of-life. Naturally, the pilot neighborhood is Hell Square on the Lower East Side, an over-saturated entertainment zone which boasts the highest concentration of liquor licenses in the state.

Dubbed “Night Owl,” the initiative will disseminate kitschy slogans to convince wasted patrons not to act like disorderly idiots. Signs will be posted around the neighborhood, in clubs, and on the screens of area LinkNYC kiosks.

The Mayor, Night Mayor Ariel Palitz, and Borough President Gale Brewer, among others, made it official with a swig at Max Fish.

Notable selections include:

  • Put on glitter, but please don’t litter
  • It’s a sidewalk, not a side lounge
  • Your night out is someone’s night in
  • While you’re singing, someone is sleeping.

The Night Owl campaign is the handiwork of the city’s nascent Office of Nightlife.

And while the aim seems noble, neighbors aren’t necessarily drinking … the Kool Aid.

Lower East Side Dwellers, for one, lambasts the city for the lack of community outreach regarding this plan. But the group remains cautiously optimistic.

“We hope that this strategy devised between the private sector and City Hall, including tax payer funding to the local BID (Lower East Side Partnerhip) from CM Chin will in fact raise the quality of life and public safety standards of local residents,” Dwellers founder Diem Boyd said in a statement. “We are optimistic, especially if this plan includes more proactive enforcement to deal with over-serving, underaged drinking and public nuisance and intoxication.”

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