Museum of Arts and Design, application (i) to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 Columbus Circle between Broadway and Eighth Avenue on Tuesday, September 23, 2008, and (ii) for support structures and street activities at 2 Columbus Circle between ...
WHEREAS, Applicant, the Museum of Arts and Design, is celebrating the opening of a new museum at 2 Columbus Circle; and
WHEREAS, The opening events, including set up and break down, will take place from September 16, 2008 through September 29, 2008; and
WHEREAS, The opening events, which will include a two-day free public opening on September 27th and 28th, will have a maximum anticipated flow-through of approximately 150 people per hour. To accommodate an orderly welcoming of these visitors, Applicant will install 3 temporary structures:
WHEREAS, Lane closing permits issued by the Department of Transportation in connection with the construction at the premises remain in effect, so the location of the aforementioned structures will not require any additional street closure; and
WHEREAS, Applicant acknowledges that the restroom trailer is not handicap accessible, so accessible facilities inside the building will be provided and appropriate signage will be posted; and
WHEREAS, the tentative event schedule is as follows:
Tues September 23 11:00 am – 1:00pmRibbon Cutting Ceremony
Registration for evening reception
Thu September 25 8:00 am – 9:00pm
Registration for several receptions
Fri September 26 8:00 am – 6:00pm
Registration for all day reception
Sat September 27 9:00 am – 7:00pm
Registration for public opening
Sun September 28 9:00 am – 6:00pm
Registration for public opening
WHEREAS, Construction and set up will commence no earlier than 7:00 am and end no later than 6:00 pm tentatively on Tuesday September 16, Wednesday September 17th and Wednesday September 18th (with Saturday September 20 and Sunday September 21 as alternate dates). Break down and removal of all structures will occur on Monday September 29 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm; and
WHEREAS, A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Tuesday September 23 from approximately 11 am to 1pm, at which Mayor Bloomberg and other dignitaries will be in attendance. For the ribbon cutting ceremony, a temporary seating area accommodating approximately 150 guests plus media crews will be located on the sidewalk along the Columbus Circle façade of the building. The total occupancy of the outdoor seating area will not exceed 190 persons, with any excess to be seated indoors. Approximately 9' of walkway will be maintained for pedestrian traffic. If rain is expected on the day of the ribbon cutting ceremony, a tent approximately 30' wide, 40' long and 10' high will be constructed over the seating area; and
WHEREAS, Applicant has hired private security and sanitation services for the duration of the events; and
WHEREAS, The events have been thoroughly and professionally thought out, planned and presented and are expected to be run in a similarly effective manner; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of:
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five strongly urges SAPO to work with Community Board Five to reduce the negative impact caused by the numerous street closures (street fairs, parades, TV & movies filming) occurring within the district boundaries.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 23 in favor; 0 opposed; 2 abstaining.