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Union Square Hospitality Group- Big Apple BBQ, on Madison Ave, b/t 23rd & 26th Streets, on Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th.

 WHEREAS, Union Square Hospitality Group has applied for:

1.      A special events permit for the use of Madison Square Park for a Big Apple Barbeque on Saturday, June 13, 2009 and Sunday, June 14, 2009 between the hours of 11:00am and 7:00pm; and

2.      A Street Activity permit for Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th on Madison Avenue, between East 23rd and East 26th Streets, and

WHEREAS, Set up will begin late Friday evening and early Saturday morning before the event and cleanup following the event on Sunday, June 14th; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has expressed concerns that over the years, the event has grown in popularity drawing exponentially larger crowds, and has outgrown the area; and

WHEREAS, The applicants have worked closely and successfully with Community Board Five over the past several years to address concerns raised by residents and Community Board Five; but Community Board Five seeks long term, strategic and meaningful solutions to the issues surrounding this events; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has alerted SAPO and the Parks Department ("City Agencies") to the situation and has vigorously urged the agencies to find the most suitable venue for the event, through a tripartite dialogue with the applicant, City agencies and Community Board Five with no success; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the event until City Agencies engage in a productive tripartite dialogue with Community Board Five and the applicant to find the most suitable venue which allows the applicant to grow this event; and be it further

RESOLVED, That in the event the application is approved, Community Board Five requests the Parks Department to raise the bond to $10,000, and as per the following stipulations requested by CB5, the applicant agrees to the following:

The above resolution passed by a vote of 27 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.


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