International Council of Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday event in the south plaza of Union Square Park on May 4, 2008.
WHEREAS, An application has been received at The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation from the International Council of Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday, proposing to conduct an event in the South Plaza of Union Square Park; and
WHEREAS, The event has been proposed to be conducted on Sunday May 4, 2008, with festivities beginning at 1:00 PM, ending at 7:00 PM, and will involve set-up beginning at 12:00 PM and clean-up to be completed at 8:00 PM; and
WHEREAS, There is a requirement for amplified sound at this event, for which the applicant is expected to obtain necessary permits; and
WHEREAS, The applicant is insured for this event, and will provide on-site security and medical services; and
WHEREAS, There will be no charges for either participants or spectators, nor food being sold; however, the applicant has indicated that there is a commercial sponsor, and that it is their intent for cell phones to be sold during the proposed event; and
WHEREAS, Information presented to Community Board Five lacked important details, and due to this and the commercial aspects of this event; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the International Council of Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday application for a New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Special Events Permit to conduct this event in Union Square Park on May 4, 2008.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 28 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.