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Transportation & Environment

Request for a No Standing sign in front of 62 Madison (corner of 27th Street)

WHEREAS, The location of 62 Madison Avenue is a 72-room boutique hotel (the "hotel"), originally built in 1902, on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and 27th Street, the front of which currently has a "bus idling sign" that is used for tour buses; and

WHEREAS, The presence of these tour buses directly in front of the entranceway to the hotel creates additional traffic congestion on Madison Avenue and, more importantly, a very hazardous condition for guests and hotel staff, as they often are forced to load and unload vehicles in the second or third western-most traffic lanes on Madison Avenue while such tour buses are parked or idling; and

WHEREAS, The presence of the tour buses also makes it difficult and somewhat unsafe for the hotel's service staff to perform standard hotel functions, such as carrying in luggage of arriving guests, hailing and retrieving  taxi cabs, and running the parking valet service; therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, That in order to mitigate these traffic conditions and to improve guest and hotel staff safety, Community Board Five requests that DOT: (1) to place signage creating a No-Standing Zone in front of the entrance to the hotel utilizing the same space that currently is being utilized by the tour buses, and (2) to explore the optimal alternate locations for moving this tour bus stop, including a location around the corner from the hotel on 27th Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 32 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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