New York City as a Learning Laboratory

New York Mayor Eric Adams invited 2022 Sociable City Summit attendees to come to New York in 2023 and explore the city as a learning laboratory.

The Summit will begin with a Friday reception at a New York City hot spot where you will network with peers and visit with people you met at previous events. You can continue on your own to explore more nightlife areas of the city. Saturday night will bring even more adventures.

Summit Program Highlights

The Summit Program follows the Building Blocks of a Sociable City: Foundation, Vibrancy, Safety and Planning. The following are proposed themes for workshops and general sessions.

Foundation

An alliance of stakeholders dedicated to nighttime governance is key to long-term success

Planning

Sociable cities anticipate mobility needs and create systems to maintain a high quality of life

Safety

Safety in social districts and within venues requires coordination among public and private partners

Vibrancy

Vibrancy is created by the mix of social experiences in venues and in public space both day and night

Foundation

The 24/7 City Global Movement
As more cities move beyond having a “night mayor” to creating a 24/7 social and cultural economy, several networks are forming to develop and promote this concept. Philip Kolvin, who was instrumental in drafting the UK’s 24/7 licensing scheme will moderate a panel of emerging leaders with broad, yet distinct networks, on the future of the daytime and nighttime social economy, gaps in policy, and defining a vision for the future.
The United Kingdom Panel
A dynamic panel from multiple sectors of the UK’s nighttime economy will bring their insights on trends, challenges, adaptations and updates in policy to sustain an industry impacted by COVID and changes from policy changes.
The New York City Renaissance of Sociability
A featured showcase panel will introduce you to what makes NYC a destination and cooperative strategies to lead recovery from being the epicenter of COVID’s early history. Local leaders will bring strategies to specialized breakout workshops on enhancing New York’s public space, nighttime mobility, worker safety and policy reforms.

Planning

NITECAP Alliance Lead Discussions on Nighttime Challenges
The NITECAP Alliance is the US network of "night managers." Withmore than 20 US cities, and more coming online, members share strategies and best practices on key areas of nighttime risk. Alliance members will lead discussions and present research findings on emerging trends and role of the night manager as a liaison for solutions.
Sustainability and the Sociable City
The act of dining and drinking contributes to environmental impacts that are coming under closer scrutiny. Water, trash, energy and recyclables are just some areas requiring more strategic attention to reduce operating costs and protect the environment.
Mobility Options to Meet Changing Demands in the Social Economy
The regulatory landscape continues to be challenged in keeping up with the multitude of mobility options for people socializing at home and in nighttime districts. Competition for curb space to accommodate personal and commercial transport vehicles, deliveries and take-out requires detailed logistic permitting.
Marketing your City as a Sociable Destination            
While most people research dining and entertainment options in a city and they plan on visiting, marketing campaigns do not always highlight the nighttime social options available. This session will explore how to highlight nightlife as a reason to visit, work, study, or play.
The Street as a Venue: When Public Space Becomes a Destination
Public space vibrancy offers a continuum of outdoor activities such as sidewalk dining, outdoor seating, street performers,markets, food vendors, festivals, and art walks. Truly vibrant cities maintain social activity during the day and night. COVID also introduced expandedparklets and streeteries, taking over parking and closing streets.

Safety

Building a Safety Alliance for Risk Management and Rapid Response
Nightlife settings are typically high-intensity environments with complex dynamics and risk factors. COVID was a catalyst for the involvement of multiple cities, county, and state agencies working together to build risk management and rapid response in cooperation with businesses. This session will convene association representatives from fire, police, health, regulatory, and compliance networks to showcase their success.
International Standards on Safety, Security, and Sound Management
The International Nightlife Association will feature its comprehensive certification process for nightclubs on security, safety, and sound management. With its global reach and annual awards ceremony, INA's standards are recognized by governments and international tourism organizations. A workshop will be presented on the essential features of the certification process.
Harm Reduction Solutions for Nightlife Venues
Large festival organizers outside of the US regularly incorporate harm reduction from drugs with education, testing, and cooldown rooms among other support mechanisms for managing risk among drug users. This session will explore how to migrate these harm-reduction strategies to social venues, operating within the legal system but reducing risk.
Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Social Spaces for All
A truly vibrant nightlife environment is one where women and gender-nonconforming individuals feel safe and welcome. This session will explore how to create safe, inclusive spaces for nighttime socializing.
Hospitality Risk Management and Liability
Nighttime social venues face increasing liability and concurrent increases in insurance premiums. A leading New York law firm representing hospitality and nightlife businesses will bring insights into risk management to reduce liability.
Gun Violence in Nightlife Districts: An Open Forum
The risk from guns in nighttime social districts continues to be of concern. Many approaches are being tested, from metal detectors at venue entrances to restricted district access checkpoints and screening. This session will be an open forum for you to bring your strategies, what works and at what cost.

Vibrancy

The Future of Music and Music Venues
This will be a discussion on how COVID impacted music, new trends, and the future of live music venues. Cannabis Lounges as New Social Spaces
Cities throughout North America are experimenting with cannabis lounges to allow consumption in social venues. While still not provided for legal use of alcohol and cannabis in the same venue, this session will explore the evolution of cannabis as a social substance.
Alcohol Alternatives in Social Spaces
A younger generation is bringing new attitudes and behaviors on beverage choices. Coming of age with a plethora of beverage choices, with and without alcohol, is creating a foundation like menus offering vegan, gluten-free, locally grown choices. The movement to sober choices goes beyond those in recovery with traditional consumers demanding better options.
Bringing Daytime Experiences to the Night
Museums, libraries, parks, art galleries, and other cultural experiences are often limited to daytime hours. In recent years, these facilities have begun expanding hours to the night. Some even bring a bar with drinks for socializing.
Celebrating Diversity: Welcoming LGBTQ+ Staff and Patrons
For social venues and districts to thrive, LGBTQ+ people must feel safe and welcomed. Forward-thinking venues can learn how discrimination specifically affects LGBTQ+ people, and actions to take to prevent sexual assault and other harm. In this workshop, you’ll learn why it’s important to curate safer spaces for LGBTQ+ people and gain practical skills to do so.