The hospitality industry is a central facet of life in New York City, both for tourists and those who call the city home. New York City hospitality business operators require accurate, up-to-date, and reliable information, both to start a new business, and to keep their businesses compliant with ever changing regulatory and licensing laws. This topical CLE program, given by attorney Aaron H. Pierce, provides an overview of some of the most essential issues facing a restaurateur looking to open a new space. The course explains the major steps required, and some of the more significant challenges presented, when someone is ready to make their hospitality-vision a reality. Corporate start-up, commercial leasing, key-money purchase-and-sale agreements, Department of Building compliance, Health Department issues, Labor Law, Liquor Licensing, and tax issues are all touched upon in this 90-minute segment.