Newsstand Application #1365725, IFO 20 West 53rd Street, bet. 5th & 6th Aves.WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to install a newsstand in front of 20 West 53rd Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located on a site that registers heavy pedestrian traffic, and
WHEREAS, The block of the proposed site is to receive a hotel at the site of the former Donnell Library, as well as a 75 stories Jean Nouvel designed tower, and both projects would generate an exponential increase in pedestrian traffic, and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would have an adverse impact on pedestrian traffic in an area that is already extremely congested, and
WHEREAS, In September 2007, Community Board Five recommended denial of an application for a newsstand and the S/W/C of West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas in part because of its adverse impact on the pedestrian traffic; and
WHEREAS, The November 2007, Community Board Five recommended denial of an application for a newsstand at the S/E/C of West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas, because of its adverse impact on pedestrian traffic; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for a newsstand in front of 20 West 53rd Street. and be it further
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five urges DOT to proceed with the pedestrian count at the location at rush hour (5 PM- 6 PM) on a weekday, and be it further
RESOLVED, That in recognizing that the cost of applying for a newsstand is very high for the applicant, including the cost of hiring professionals to assist with the application, Community Board Five requests that DCA refund the application fee for applications that are denied.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 42 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.