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Newsstand Application # 1306809, SEC 7th Avenue and Central Park South (West 59th Street).

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on Seventh Avenue at the corner of Central Park South; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located in an area that registers a moderate to heavy pedestrian flow, fluctuating seasonally, and reaching critical level when there is heavy use of Central Park; and

WHEREAS, 2,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle collisions on the streets of New York City in the past 12 years and each day approximately 35 pedestrians are struck by autos in NYC. Safety is a crucial concern for Community Board Five; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would have a negative impact on pedestrian traffic, adding to congestion and creating an unsafe condition; and

WHEREAS, The proposed location is directly adjacent to the New York Athletic Club, the Italian-Renaissance-palazzo-style club, designed by York & Sawyer and ½ a block away from the individual landmark Alwyn Court Building; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would detract from surrounding late 19th and early 20th century buildings and would not be harmonious with its surroundings; and

WHEREAS, The neighborhood is adequately served by the existing newsstand on 7th Avenue, on the northwest corner at 57th Street; and

WHEREAS, The newsstand would negatively impact on the surrounding area creating physical and visual clutter; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand on 7th Avenue at the corner of Central Park South, and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five urges DOT to proceed with the pedestrian count at the location at the rush hour of 5pm on a weekday.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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