WHEREAS: New York is on track to welcome more than 59 million tourists this year who will travel here from around the globe to experience the history, culture, and excitement of the five boroughs. And while it’s not an official requirement, nearly all of them will make a stop in the heart of Manhattan to explore Times Square and the iconic section of 42nd Street that stretches between seventh and eighth avenues. Thanks to the efforts of The New 42nd Street, this history-lined block has been transformed from a neglected place avoided by many to a cultural destination frequented by millions of visitors and New Yorkers alike. Tonight, the organization’s supporters will gather to recognize its anniversary and all it has achieved, and I am delighted to join in the celebration.

WHEREAS: Founded in 1990 by New York City and State, The New 42nd Street reinvented the struggling area, restoring and overseeing seven theaters and taking on new projects of its own. In 1995, it established its New Victory Theater, a performing arts venue dedicated to children and families. With affordable performances and educational workshops, the theater has introduced millions of young people to the performing arts and helped them develop a life-long love of theater. The organization continued to build on its success in 2000 with the New 42nd Street Studios, which provide rehearsal and office space for nonprofit dance and theater companies, and The Duke, a state-of-the-art theater.

WHEREAS: Our vibrant cultural life is strengthened by the diversity of our city, and my administration is determined to ensure that all New Yorkers can be part of our incredible arts scene. The New 42nd Street is a committed partner in this effort, and we are grateful for everything it has done to engage our residents and visitors in the performing arts, regardless of their background, income level, or the borough they call home. We applaud this organization for ensuring this vital industry continues to thrive and look forward to even more people benefiting from its work.

Now therefore, I, Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York, do hereby proclaim Monday, April 11th, 2016 in the City of New York as:

“New 42nd Street Day”