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NEWSSTAND # 1330383 - SEC East 59th Street and 5th Avenue

WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing a newsstand on the South-East Corner of 59th Street and 5th Avenue, and

WHEREAS, CB5 has a moratorium on new newsstands along 5th Avenue as well as 59th Street; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located in an area that registers  heavy pedestrian flow, fluctuating seasonally, and reaching critical level around the holiday season; 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 Art Commission (newly renamed Design Commission), noted that "the Fifth Avenue Business District has exceptional visual corridors and that the addition of any obstructions, including planters and newsstands will severely detract from its attractiveness and effectiveness"; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five is gravely concerned by the increase of applications for newsstands within its district, and strongly urges Department of Consumer Affairs, Department of Transportation and the Design Commission to work with CB5 and other interested parties to establish a master plan for new newsstand locations; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five recognizes that applications for newsstands are usually presented by small business, minority owners and urges the Department of Small Business Services to assist applicants in the cumbersome application process; and

WHEREAS, The Fifth Avenue BID has observed that there is a perverse effect on pedestrian counts as currently conducted (measuring the number of pedestrians that pass through an area in one minute) when streets become so overcrowded that pedestrian walking speeds are forced to slow to a crawl, which causes the pedestrian count to go down rather than up; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand at the SEC of 59th Street and 5th Avenue; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five urges DOT to proceed with the pedestrian count at the location at 2Pm-3PM on weekdays; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five urges DOT to reduce the threshold level for pedestrian count for newsstand applications to 8 persons per linear foot per minute; and be it further

RESOLVED, That recognizing that the cost of applying for a newsstand is very high to small business owners and operators, Community Board Five requests that DCA refunds the application fee for applications that are denied

The above resolution passed by a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.


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