Zoned In: What “City of Yes” Means for Nightlife & Creative Spaces

Opening a space for dancing, music, comedy or other creative events in New York City is a huge challenge. The City is seeking to simplify the rules and make zoning more flexible for all types of businesses through a new set of proposals called “City of Yes,” which will shape NYC for decades to come. As the city becomes more open in where venues can be located, how will everyone be able to take advantage of these new rules going into effect?

Members of the creative and nightlife communities—event producers, operators, aspiring or current small business owners—are invited to learn more about “City of Yes,” how to make your voices and needs heard, and imagine new possibilities.

Guest Presenters

NYC Office of Nightlife
Jeffrey Garcia, Executive Director
Jose Soegaard, Deputy Director

NYC Department of City Planning
Carolyn Grossman Meagher, Director
Matt Waskiewicz, Senior Planner, Economic Development and Regional Planning

Each session will cover:

  • Zoning 101: what is zoning, what changes are being proposed
  • City of Yes: Economic Opportunity: changes relevant to creative and nightlife practitioners
  • Bringing It Together / Advocacy & Next Steps: the hearing/voting timeline, ways to get involved to have your voices heard
  • Q&A time for questions, concerns, and brainstorm
  • Slide presentations made available after these sessions

Both info sessions will share the same content, but we would love to see you in person for the conversation! We hope this can be the first of many conversations and knowledge-sharing around opportunities for independent culture and nightlife to operate with the changes that will happen from “City of Yes”.

RSVP here

Questions or accessibility needs?

Please email Lauren Goshinski,


12 Dec–14 Dec, 2023

Additional Details

December 12 (in-person)
3-5 pm
56-06 Cooper Ave
Queens, NY

December 14 (virtual)
1-3 pm
Zoom link emailed to RSVPs


Lauren Goshinski & Tara Duvivier (Pratt Center)