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A 24-Hour Nightlife District Might Be Coming To New York

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A 24-Hour Nightlife District Might Be Coming To New York

If you want to party round the clock, New York City could be the place.

The city's Office of Nightlife (ONL) are proposing to test a 24-hour party district within the lesser populated areas

As part of an 160-page report, they wrote: "Uniform closing hours for nightlife businesses can result in groups of people congregating in the street, elevating tensions between patrons and residents.

"Allowing 24-hour use in specified districts, if implemented properly, can help people to move at their own pace and reduce conflicts.

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"ONL recommends identifying potential areas with low residential density where a limited 24-hour program might be tested, allowing late-night activity to operate free from nuisance complaints or other conflicts."

This comes after tight restrictions were placed upon the hospitality industry during the pandemic.

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Consequently, some of the local residents have been hosting midnight raves at the public park into the early hours of the morning.

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Six people were arrested as NYC Police were seen to be removing partiers during the July 4 celebrations in Manhattan's Washington Square Park.

Others are said to be scared of walking around at night with apparent violence and drug use in the park.

Even some random boxing matches have started to become a feature, the Daily Mail reports.

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The proposal for a 24-hour nightlife district has precedent. In 2012, Amsterdam was one of the first cities to implement a 24-hour nightlife and the New York ONL report has used the Dutch Capital as an example.

The report states: "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.

"Approximately a dozen venues hold this extended hours permit, which allows for safer, more coordinated late-night activity throughout the city."

Former Mayor of Amsterdam, Mirik Milan, recently spoke to Newstalk about the positives of the implementation in 2012.

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He said: "We were able to get down the alcohol-related violence on one of our most important nightlife squares.

"Alcohol-related violence in the area fell by 20 percent and reports of anti-social behaviour dropped by 28 percent."

Words: Anish Vij

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Topics: US News, New York

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