Muslim Foundation of America Inc.
WHEREAS, The Muslim Foundation of America wants to organize a street festival on Madison Avenue between 23rd and 26th Streets, on October 12th 2008; and
WHEREAS, The event is organized in conjunction with the Muslim Day Parade; and
WHEREAS, The applicant wants to install a stage occupying ½ of the block between 23rd and 24th Street with amplified sound; and
WHEREAS, The applicant estimates the number of people to attend to be 3000; and
WHEREAS, The previous year, the event generated complaints from residents because of noise, littering, and overcrowding; and
WHEREAS, In the past, the crowd from this event has dispersed in Madison Square Park, putting a strain on the park’s infrastructure, on the playground in particular, generating overcrowding and unsafe conditions; and
WHEREAS, Although the applicant has been holding the same event for 22 years, the demographics of the blocks have changed dramatically from commercial to residential with the street festival having a negative impact on residents; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 recommends denial of the application to hold a street festival on Madison Avenue between 23rd and 26th Streets, on October 12th 2008.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 21 in favor; 3 opposed; 0 abstaining.