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39 West 19th Street, b/t 5th & 6th Aves (Ladies Mile Historic District) Application for storefront alteration and installation of doors.

WHEREAS, 39 West 19th Street, n/s between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, is a twelve story Neo-Renaissance store and loft building, designed by Maynicke & Granke, built in 1910, located in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The street level facade storefronts were extensively renovated in 1964, with LPC approval; and

WHEREAS, The current ground floor tenant, Tiger Schulmann, a martial arts and kickboxing studio and school with some 40 locations in the NYC Metropolitan region, is converting a 400 sq. ft. area now being used as office space into a small cafe, primarily as an amenity for its patrons but also for use by the general public; and 

WHEREAS, The applicant has requested approval to alter one of the storefront bays to provide entrance doors to permit access to the café from the street since the cafe may be open at different hours from its primary business; and

WHEREAS, The proposed renovations appear to be harmonious with the design, materials and colors approved in the 1964 renovation (although historic photographs of the original building design were not presented for CB 5 for review); and

WHEREAS, The cafe is deemed to be useful amenity to the existing tenant and the community in general and will not have any exterior signage or lighting other than existing lighting on the building; and

WHEREAS, The proposed tripartite design, glass panels and framing, use of wood and steel materials, 6' double entrance doorway, mahogany and black colors appear compatible with other existing ground floor building elements; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for storefront alterations and installation of doors at 39 West 19th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in accordance with plans and specifications presented by the Applicant.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 24 in favor; 11 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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