AQ Kafe LLC for a Renewable Revocable Consent to install an Unenclosed (Small) Sidewalk Café at 1800 Broadway (Between 58th Street & Columbus Circle)
WHEREAS, The Applicant is proposing to install five (5) tables and twenty (20) seats, leaving a 8 ft. clearance for pedestrian traffic; and
WHERAS, The Applicant is proposing to operate the Sidewalk Café from 8 AM to 8 PM; and
WHEREAS, Two to three local residents appeared at the meeting to express their frustration with illegal parking by Pedi-Cabs and illegal vendors and hawkers while acknowledging that the applicant has been a good neighbor; and
WHEREAS, The applicant agreed to submit revised seating plans to eliminate 2 tables to provide an unobstructed entranceway in response to the Committee’s concern that the proposed seating plan would hinder the entranceway to the applicant’s interior premises and leave only 5’ of sidewalk for pedestrians between the existing tree on the sidewalk and the proposed service aisle of the sidewalk cafe; and
WHEREAS, The applicant agreed to open no earlier than 10 AM on weekends and to close the sidewalk café completely by 8:30 PM; and
WHEREAS, the sidewalk congestion has been temporarily abated by the closure of the subway entrance on the southeast corner of 59th Street and Broadway as well as the partial closing of Broadway to cars; and
WHEREAS, CB5 recognizes that the sidewalk usually registers heavy pedestrian traffic and that the re-opening of the subway entrance on the southeast corner of 59th Street and re-opening of Broadway to vehicular traffic, may necessitate that the Consent be revoked in the future, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 recommends approval of the revocable consent to install an Unenclosed Sidewalk Café for five (5) tables and twenty (20) seats at 1800 Broadway (Between 58th Street & Columbus Circle).
The above resolution passed by a vote of 26 in favor; 13 opposed; 1 abstaining.