This week’s paper includes a story by reporter Trone Dowd about the mayor and City Council’s new Nightlife Advisory Board. The creation of this board and the addition of a new night mayor are good ideas. It’s something many cities around the world have done, and they generally have been successful in making residents’ lives more enjoyable by coordinating efforts and addressing problems as they arise.
In the case of New York City’s board, we see this as two steps forward: one step in Manhattan, the other in Brooklyn.
You see, of the advisory board’s 14 members, none of them are from Queens. A couple may own restaurants or shops here, but the bulk of the input is coming from Manhattan and Brooklyn.
So, why are we not getting any love?
It’s not like the borough is lacking in talented business and community leaders who would have been able to provide some insight into how to improve nightlife. All you would have to do is pick up the phone and call the Long Island City Partnership or the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, either of which would have been able to help you find someone.
Or even better, the board could accept the generous offer of Capt. Courtney Nilan, the commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct (see pg. 9), to provide her years of experience working with the community to create a safe and fun environment in Southeast Queens.
Maybe we are missing the point here. This oversight must be because the nightlife in Queens is perfectly fine the way it is. We don’t need the mayor and his Brownstone Brooklyn bias to wander in and turn our neighborhoods into faux-hipster wastelands with restaurants offering 12 types of avocado toast or artisanal trail mix.
So, we say thank you to the mayor and the City Council for completely ignoring Queens when creating the Nightlife Advisory Board. Truth is, we don’t need your help. We already know how to throw a party.
And if the people of Brooklyn or Manhattan want to know how it’s done, we’d be glad to help teach you guys how to have fun.