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Sikh Cultural Society

WHEREAS, The Sikh Cultural Society ("the applicant"), has applied for

WHEREAS, Set-up would begin at 10:00 a.m. and clean-up would end by 6:00 p.m., with the event itself running from noon to 6:00 p.m.; and

WHEREAS, There will be an expected 8,000 attendees at this event; and

WHEREAS, Food at the event is distributed free of charge; and

WHEREAS, This event has occurred in Madison Square Park for the last 8 years, with no complaints about this event; and

WHEREAS, The applicant remains aware of the continuing concerns of both the residential community and New York City Parks & Recreation employees about noise, liter, property damage, and security as they relate to the use of Madison Square Park for large-scale special events; and

WHEREAS, The applicant agreed to either move their stage from 23rd Street and Madison Avenue northward to 24th Street or to stage the speakers from 23rd Street to 24th Street with lower sound levels; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five continues to encourage the police to monitor the sound level at events in and around Madison Square Park; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has agreed that the park will be left cleaner than they originally find it; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has agreed to comply with Community Board Five guidelines, including that participation in the events will not be denied to any group on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or religion; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of both the Street Activity and Parks Special Event permit applications of the Sikh Cultural Society for their event on April 29, 2006.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 26 in favor, 3 opposed, 1 abstention.

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