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Trip Media's application to conduct a special event in Union Square Park to promote Burt's Bees' products, on Thursday April 22nd, 2010

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, Trip Media has submitted an application for an Earth Day-themed event promoting Burt's Bees products to be conducted in the South Plaza of Union Square Park on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM, requiring set-up to begin at  6:00 AM and dismantling and clean-up to be completed by 3:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, The proposed event would include the use of 5 "blender bikes" to produce free blended drinks, two tents, commercially branded signage, free product give-away, and a crew of 25 people, including a videographer; and

WHEREAS, Although the applicant was amicable to changes that would reduce the footprint and duration of their event, it would remain strictly promotional, and as the proposed program lacks educational, philanthropic, artistic, and/or entertainment value, the suggested Earth Day theme seems vague, at best; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of Trip Media's application to conduct a special event to promote Burt's Bees' products in Union Square Park on Thursday April 22, 2010.

The above resolution passed  by a vote of 34 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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