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39 West 55th Street, The Shoreham LLC, d/b/a The Shoreham Hotel, application for an unenclosed sidewalk café with 5 tables and 10 seats.

WHEREAS, The applicant is applying to install an unenclosed sidewalk café at 39 West 55th Street,

WHEREAS, The proposed sidewalk café would have 5 tables and 10 seats and would occupy a width of 4’6,” and a service aisle of 3 feet, leaving 7’5” of sidewalk space for pedestrian traffic;

WHEREAS, the sidewalk space left for pedestrian traffic would be reduced to less than 8’, the minimum code requirement;

WHEREAS, the location of the proposed sidewalk café is on a street with many restaurants (including restaurants with both sit down service and take-out) that cater to a “lunch crowd” and heavy pedestrian traffic; and

WHEREAS, the width of this sidewalk café as proposed does not meet the minimum code requirement and Community Board Five believes that due to pedestrian congestion this location should keep a pedestrian clear pathway larger than 8 feet; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes the presence of this sidewalk café would adversely impact the pedestrian traffic on the north side of 55th Street, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for a revocable consent for an unenclosed sidewalk café at 39 West 55th Street.

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