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Seung Taek Jung request to conduct a Free Hug Event in Union Square Park on Friday March 20, 2009

WHEREAS, Community Board Five takes its role in the review of applications for Parks Special Events seriously and requests an opportunity to review the application before a permit is granted by the Parks Department Special Permit Office; and

WHEREAS, SeungTaek Jung has submitted an application seeking permission for a special event to be conducted in the South Plaza of Union Square Park on Friday March 20, 2009 between the hours of 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, The proposed Free Hug Event, would involve 25 individuals who will offer hugs, handshakes and “high fives” to those passing through the southwest section of Union Square Park; and

WHEREAS, There will be no sale merchandise or food, nor will there be any advertising materials distributed; and

WHEREAS, There is a requirement for amplified sound at this event, for which the applicant is expected to obtain necessary permits; and

WHEREAS, Identifying hand held signs will not obstruct pedestrian movement; and

WHEREAS, Hugs and handshakes will be given, and photographs of participants with the “huggers” shall be taken only with the individual participants prior consent; and

WHEREAS, The primary purpose of the event is to provide some cheer to people in these trying times, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 recommends approval of the application by SeungTaek Jung to conduct the Free Hug Event in Union Square Park on Friday March 20, 2009.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 29 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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