The measure still has to go through a full council vote.
The office will be headed up by a director of nightlife, who hasn't been specified yet, and a nightlife advisory board. Their main role will be to advocate for the city's nightlife by serving as a point of contact between the city and those in the industry. They will make recommendations directly to the mayor and council in order to "support best practices for the industry and to improve the lives of New Yorkers," the committee says. It follows legislation in London and Amsterdam that created similar offices in 2014 and 2016, respectively, as a way of defending their nighttime economies.
In New York, as in London, there's been pressure from artists and industry people to create an office like this because of rising property values, which have made it difficult for music and arts communities to survive in the city center. It also grew from increased media attention to the city's archaic Cabaret Law—also known as the "no dancing" law—which critics see as a way to arbitrarily shut down dance establishments.
The push for increased attention to nightlife has been led in part by city councilman Rafael Espinal. The decision must still go to a vote with the full city council on August 24th in order to pass.
Consumer affairs cmte passed my bill creating an Office of Nightlife& Nightlife Director 2 help communities & protect NYCs #iconicnightlife— Rafael L Espinal Jr. (@RLEspinal) August 4, 2017