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Consents & Variances

Epoch Times, street festival on west 36th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, on Saturday,

October 4th, 2008

WHEREAS, The applicant, Epoch Times, wants to hold a street festival on West 36th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues; and

WHEREAS, The applicant anticipates 3000 visitors; and

WHEREAS, The applicant is the publisher of the newspaper Epoch Times, a for-profit corporation; and

WHEREAS, The applicant appeared in front of the Consents and Variances Committee in January 2008 with 3 different applications: 2 multi-block and 1 multi-day street festivals; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five voted to deny the 2 multi-block events because they were new events to CB5, and CB5 has a moratorium on new street activity; and

WHEREAS, The applicant agreed to convert their multi-day event to a single day event to take place on Saturday, October 4th, 2008; and

WHEREAS, At the January 2008 Consents & Variances committee meeting, the applicant was unable to answer many questions from the committee pertaining to the nature of the vendors, the extent of the activities, the number of security personnel, and the number of sanitation personnel to operate at the street festival, and the applicant was asked to come back before the committee with additional information; and

WHEREAS, At the March 2008 Consents & Variances committee meeting, the applicant was still unable to answer many questions by the committee and showed an obvious lack of concrete planning; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the Epoch Times’ application to hold a Street Festival on West 36th Street between Seventh & Eighth Avenues on Saturday, October 4th, 2008.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 26 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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