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870 7th Avenue, bet. 55th & 56th Sts., Park Central Hotel (DE)LLC, application for a new unenclosed sidewalk café with 8 tables and 32 seats.

WHEREAS, The applicant, Park Central Hotel (DE) LLC, is applying for a small unenclosed sidewalk café at 870 7th Avenue, bet. 55th & 56th Sts; and

WHEREAS, The proposed sidewalk café would have 8 tables and 32 seats; and

WHEREAS, The proposed sidewalk café is located in front of subway grates, leaving approximately 10 ft. for pedestrian traffic and,

WHEREAS, The sidewalk registers extremely heavy pedestrian traffic, as it is a pedestrian corridor from Central Park to the Theater District; and

WHEREAS, The current configuration leaves too little space for pedestrian traffic; and

WHEREAS, Based on the CB5's concerns, the applicant has agreed to:

1.     reduce the footprint of the café to 10 tables and 20 seats, leaving 12 ft. for pedestrian traffic; and

2.      discontinue the use of any external amplified sound or music emanating from the hotel outside the hours of 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily; and

3.      discontinue the use of any noise making devices (e.g. whistles etc.) to solicit taxis and transportation services by hotel employees outside the hours of 9AM to 9PM daily; and

WHEREAS, The sidewalk café would close no later than 10 PM from Sunday to Wednesday, and 11 PM from Thursday to Saturday; and

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for an unenclosed sidewalk café with 10 tables and 20 seats at 870 7th Avenue, bet. 55th & 56th Sts.

The above resolution passed  by a vote of 26 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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