NYC mayor-elect Eric Adams vows to resurrect city’s nightlife, hands Stephen Colbert bag of ‘pot’


New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams lamented on the state of the city’s nightlife and vowed to resurrect it during his appearance on Tuesday night’s Late Show.

During his appearance, Adams gifted host Stephen Colbert several NYC-themed goodies – including rolling papers and a small bag full of ‘weed.’ 

Colbert brought up Adams star-studded election night after party at Manhattan’s lavish Zero Bond, to which Adams noted that in the same night he also club-hopped to Casa Cipriani and Brooklyn’s Sugar Hill.

‘I’m the mayor [elect], this is a city of nightlife — I must test the product. I have to be out,’ he said, before slamming what he said was a drop in the nightlife activity of the city the never sleeps.

He added, ‘We used to be the coolest place on the globe. We’re so damn boring now. We have to be among the people enjoying life. I want the cross-pollination of our energy and the diversity of our city. We’ve got some beautiful places in the city so I’m gonna be out.’

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams vowed to resurrect the city's nightlife during his appearance on Tuesday night’s Late Show

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams vowed to resurrect the city’s nightlife during his appearance on Tuesday night’s Late Show

He also gifted host Stephen Colbert several NYC-themed goodies – including rolling papers and a small bag full of ‘weed'

He also gifted host Stephen Colbert several NYC-themed goodies – including rolling papers and a small bag full of ‘weed’

Colbert joked about Adams star-studded election night after party at Manhattan’s lavish Zero Bond

Colbert joked about Adams star-studded election night after party at Manhattan’s lavish Zero Bond

‘If you’re going to hangout with the boys at night — you got to get up with the men in the morning. And I’m up at 5 a.m. every morning,’ Adams joked with Colbert.

During the appearance, the moderate Democratic politician also offered a bag of gifts, including a blanket, a shirt that says ‘GSD NYC,’ which stands for ‘Get Stuff Done,’ and Raw and Bamboo rolling papers.

‘One of my best gifts, as you know, marijuana is legal,’ to which Colbert jokingly says, ‘I did not know. I am not aware Mr. Mayor, I am not into that scene.’

Adams continued, ‘I have Raw, I have Bamboo and I can’t give you this gift, I’ll give it to you later, you know?’

The audience roared with laughter as Adams pulled out what appeared to be a small bag allegedly filled with weed. However, it was just a prop, Adams’ campaign spokesman, Evan Thies, told the New York Post. She added, “Marijuana is legal and Eric supports its safe personal use.’

The audience appeared to love Adams interview, with one guest telling the Post, “He’s like funny, funny — not like politician funny. He was having a good old time.’

After declaring victory on election night, Adams club-hopped to Manhattan’s lavish Zero Bond, Casa Cipriani and Brooklyn’s Sugar Hill

After declaring victory on election night, Adams club-hopped to Manhattan’s lavish Zero Bond, Casa Cipriani and Brooklyn’s Sugar Hill

Denise Felipe-Adams, Eric Adams and Charle Webb attended the Mayor-elect's celebration Party at Zero Bond on November 02 in New York City

Denise Felipe-Adams, Eric Adams and Charle Webb attended the Mayor-elect’s celebration Party at Zero Bond on November 02 in New York City

Record label executive Kevin Liles, of 300 Entertainment, shook hands with Eric Adams at the Zero Bond party on election night

Record label executive Kevin Liles, of 300 Entertainment, shook hands with Eric Adams at the Zero Bond party on election night

Reality TV star and Kardashian pal Jonathan Cheban was also at the event on Tuesday night. The Adams campaign paid for the party as a thank you to 125 friends and supporters, and a promise to NYC's business titans that they would be looked after

Reality TV star and Kardashian pal Jonathan Cheban was also at the event on Tuesday night. The Adams campaign paid for the party as a thank you to 125 friends and supporters, and a promise to NYC’s business titans that they would be looked after

Adams also shared that everyone in the crowd would be getting free tickets for the Broadway musical Chicago to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

And in addition to his gifts for Colbert, he gave him a note that read, “Thank you for hiring my son,” according to Thies, referring to the incoming mayor’s son, Jordan Coleman, works in the TV and film industry and was a one-time apprentice on the digital team and script department for Colbert’s show.

Serious topics also came up during Adams’s interview, including approach to public safety and his plans for police reform.

Adams has said that he has the unique perspective of being a former police officer and a black man who was beaten by cops when he was 15. He told Colbert that, as mayor, ‘I’m going to tell my police officers, I have your back so do your job. But darnit, if you don’t understand the nobility of public protection, you’re getting out of my department. You will not use that job to abuse people.’

Adams added, ‘Abuse is real, we’re going to change the ecosystem of public safety. Not just police, it’s mental health professionals, youth organizations, clergy leaders, crisis management teams. We have to redefine policing and what it means in our country and in our city and I’m going to get it right.’

‘We’re not gonna be heavy-handed. We’re gonna show how we could have a partnership between police and the community. I know we can do it, we’re going to get it right,’ he finished.

Adams won the election by a landslide 65% over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa’s 28% and was clearly in the mood to celebrate as he gave a rousing victory speech at Zero Bond.

Adams was joined at the nightclub by Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker, Google founder Eric Schmidt, Chris Rock, Ja Rule, American Express executive Anre Williams and reality TV star Jonathan Cheban.

Eric Adams has made it clear that his preferred hangout spot is the private, high-end Zero Bond, where he was seen partying in September with Jonathon Cheban (left), a reality TV star and close friend to the Kardashians and PR whiz Ronn Torossian

Eric Adams has made it clear that his preferred hangout spot is the private, high-end Zero Bond, where he was seen partying in September with Jonathon Cheban (left), a reality TV star and close friend to the Kardashians and PR whiz Ronn Torossian

Adams was at his favorite hangout spot for a second night with friends, including Torossian and Kamal Hotchandani (right), the entrepreneur behind Haute Living

Adams was at his favorite hangout spot for a second night with friends, including Torossian and Kamal Hotchandani (right), the entrepreneur behind Haute Living

The swanky club in New York City’s Noho neighborhood opened in 2020, spans 20,000 feet across two floors and requires guests to apply for membership with a letter of recommendation from a current member

The swanky club in New York City’s Noho neighborhood opened in 2020, spans 20,000 feet across two floors and requires guests to apply for membership with a letter of recommendation from a current member

Adams was also seen enjoying last Thursday night, enjoying a three-hour dinner at a splashy new Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan called Osteria La Baia

Adams was also seen enjoying last Thursday night, enjoying a three-hour dinner at a splashy new Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan called Osteria La Baia

He was joined by members of his posse at the restaurant on West 52nd Street for its grand opening

He was joined by members of his posse at the restaurant on West 52nd Street for its grand opening

Other attendees included Knicks President Leon Rose, Softbank CEO Marcelo Claure, Madison Square Garden Sports CEO James Dolan, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris and Wes Edens, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.

The party was put together by PR whiz Ronn Torossian, a confidante and advisor to the new mayor, but it was paid for by the Adams campaign as a thank you to 125 friends and supporters.

While the exact cost of the bash isn’t clear, it’s likely to have been steep – memberships at Zero Bond cost $3,000-a-year plus initiation fees of $1,000.

The swanky club in New York City’s Noho neighborhood opened in 2020, spans 20,000 feet across two floors and requires guests to apply for membership with a letter of recommendation from a current member, in addition to the inordinate membership fees.  

After Adams’s party, he went on to Cipriani’s, another downtown hotspot, where he partied with Logan Paul and other influencers. 

Adams was also seen enjoying last Thursday night, enjoying a three-hour dinner at a splashy new Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan called Osteria La Baia. He was joined by members of his posse at the restaurant on West 52nd Street for its grand opening.

Torossian organized that outing as well for Adams to promote nightlife tourism and the pair celebrated with attorney Frank Carone and Ed Mermelstein, a luxury real estate consultant and foreign investment advisor.

Adams won the election by a landslide 65% over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa's 28%

Adams won the election by a landslide 65% over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa’s 28%

Sliwa was seen on Election Day with his cat Gizmo

Sliwa was seen on Election Day with his cat Gizmo

“We’re going to patronize nightlife, every night finding a new place to eat at throughout the city. Not only Manhattan. We’re going to the South Bronx, South Jamaica Queens, Staten Island. Exposing all the people to the great nightlife because it’s jobs,” Adams told the New York Post.

In early September, Adams co-wrote an Op-Ed for Crain’s New York Business about the need to end Prohibition-era zoning regulations that prevent certain activities, like dancing, in small establishments.

He shared the Op-Ed in a tweet captioned, ‘NYC is the nightlife capital of the world, but you wouldn’t know it from our antiquated zoning laws — laws that are unevenly enforced against Black & LGBTQ+ owned businesses. It’s time to put an end to that.’

Adams has made it clear that his preferred hangout spot is the private, high-end Zero Bond. On one weekend in September, he was seen out from every night at Zero Bond with famed Nets superstar James Harden, La La Anthony, an American television personality, and businesswoman known for launching her career in the 2000s on MTV’s Total Request Live, and Paris Hilton.

One night, he stayed until 1.30am and as DJ and socialite Paris Hilton celebrated her engagement to Carter Reum, the music was lowered so Adams could make a speech.

He told the crowd, “When I become mayor of this city, this is going be the city where nightlife lives and grows, we are going to turn this city around back to what we know it to be.”

The same weekend, he hit up the SoHo lounge with Harden, venture capitalist Adam Dell and British property magnate Jamie Rueben.

Adams has already taken a stand among members of his party when, at a press conference last Friday, Adams questioned why other Democrats have not spoken out against BLM leader Hawk Newsome’s calls to violence after Newsome said Adam’s new policing plans would trigger ‘riots and bloodshed’ in NYC streets.

‘I think that this is an excellent moment for the local and state and federal Democratic Party to state: We could have justice without violence,’ Adams said.

‘National, state and city electeds should stand up and say, ‘we will never allow anyone to make those comments,’ that there will be blood in our streets, because you know where that blood ends up? In the streets of our community,’ Adams added.

He spoke two days after a tense meeting at Borough Hall with members of the Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, co-founder of the group Hawk Newsome had some harsh words for the incoming mayor if he went through with his plans to reinstate the NYPD’s plainclothes cop units.

‘If he thinks that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire and there will be bloodshed because we believe in defending our people,’ Newsome told reporters outside Borough Hall.

Newsome told the New York Daily News Friday that he made his ‘riot’ comments because he was triggered by a question about plainclothes officers.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams on the city’s top issues 

Adams promised to tackle wealth inequalities and reform the education system

Adams opposes defunding the police, a policy that is a rallying cry for many on the American left

He is also seen as being friendly towards the business community and has not called for higher taxes for wealthy residents

Adams praised former Governor Andrew Cuomo for describing gun violence as a public health crisis

He has said he supports a vaccine mandate for public school students, but is keen to end the mask mandate in schools as long as it can be done ‘safely’

Adams has largely supported vaccine mandates for city workers, though he has suggested he would have pre-negotiated the mandates with unions before announcing them

Adams supports a current city plan to close the Rikers Island by 2026 and replace it with jails based in each borough

Adams has called for the return of limited stop-and-frisk efforts and reinstating a plainclothes police unit that was disbanded last year for consistent excessive force

Adams views addressing the city’s growing homeless population as a key to the economic recovery and has touted a plan to turn unused hotels across the boroughs — 25,000 rooms total — into permanent affordable and supportive housing, including for currently unhoused people

 

‘It made me think about the death of Eric Garner, it made me think about the death of Breonna Taylor, it made me think of the death of George Floyd,’ he told the Daily News in a phone interview, referring to three black Americans killed by cops. ‘And to think that Eric Adams is legitimately wanting to put our children in danger — it scares me.’

Newsome said that Adams was trying to distract from the real issue by zeroing in on his threat.

‘So he wants to make this a political circus. What I want is to stick to the issue — what’s the plan?’ Newsome said.

Adams and the BLM representatives got into a shouting match as they argued over police policies, with the mayor-elect becoming incensed when Hawk Newsome told him the organization would hold him accountable for future NYPD misconduct.

Adams responded: ‘You’re on the ground: Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable.

‘Don’t hold me accountable,’ Adams went on. ‘Being the mayor, being the borough president, being the state senator — I put my body on the line for my community, so I’m not here for folks to come and say, ‘Eric, we’re gonna hold you accountable.’

‘No, it’s us. We need to do this together.’

Adam’s comments prompted Chivona Newsome to retort: ‘You’re the mayor of New York! There’s only so much we can do.’

Adams said he disagreed, but Chivona Newsome pressed on, telling him that she believes public safety would improve in the city if the mayor creates better jobs and education. ‘That’s a government issue,’ she said.

‘You need to be corrected,’ Adams interjected. ‘You need to be corrected based on what you’re saying. Don’t tell me, ‘I need to do this’ … say, ‘We need to do this.”

New York City has seen an influx of crime following its reopening after the coronavirus pandemic. While it has eased up since the summer, felony assaults, rape and robberies are all on the rise with felony assaults spiking by 8.4%, rapes rising by just under 2% and robberies increasing by just under 3% between last year and this year through November 14, the NYPD’s most recent data.

Overall crime climbed by just under 2% in the same duration, while murders dropped by 1.4% and shootings dropped by less than 1%.



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