In spite of what people on the outside think, New York nightlife is not a single monolithic entity. There are literally hundreds of sub genres, cliques and variations in what goes on at night. There are as many opinions of what nightlife is as there are people who go out.
We posed this philosophical question to a diverse group of nightlife owners, operators, musicians and patrons during our Nightlife Culture Expo. While each person approached the question from a different perspective; the recurring themes of creativity, diversity and freedom are very strong. Almost every participant saw nightlife as a lifestyle choice. It is far more than a random drink at a random bar. It is part of what defines their life and their identity.
So, what does New York nightlife mean to you?