Mad. Sq. Park Conservancy - application to conduct Madison Sq. Eats Festivals in Worth Sq., May - June 2012 & Sept. - Oct. 2012
WHEREAS, Madison Square Park Conservancy has submitted an application to conduct their annual Food & Dining Festivals in Worth Square, which is the park site bounded by Broadway, Fifth Avenue, West 24th Street and West 25th Street; and
WHEREAS, The Mad. Sq. Eats Spring Food & Dining Festival would begin on Friday, May 4, 2012 and would be conducted daily through Friday, June 1, 2012, between the hours of 11:00 AM and 9:00 PM, and the Mad. Sq. Eats Fall Food & Dining Festival would begin on Friday September 21, 2012 and would be conducted daily through Thursday October 18, 2012, between the hours of 11:00 AM and 9:00 PM; and
WHEREAS, The events were conducted in 2011, and were promoted by Urban Space Management, promoters of high-quality retail events that include the Union Square Holiday Market; and
WHEREAS, Load-in and set-up would be conducted in a manner to minimize potential disturbances to the surrounding neighbors; and
WHEREAS, Like the previous festivals, the proposed events' marketplace would offer food and dining, and not crafts and other merchandise, with vendors representing local restaurants; and
WHEREAS, Worth Square would remain open to the public, and the tables and chairs would be available to anyone in the park, regardless of whether or not they are patronizing the festival's vendors; and
WHEREAS, Vendors would be housed in tents on the perimeter of Worth Square, facing inside of the square, and the signage would be limited to the name of the restaurant or vendor, and information regarding the event; and
WHEREAS, Market festivals raise funds for the Madison Square Park Conservancy, funds which are directed toward Madison Square Park's maintenance, operations and programs; and
WHEREAS, These events would be contained entirely inside of Worth Square, which is a paved public space, not a landscaped park space; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes that concerns raised in our previous resolutions have been taken very seriously, and we are confident that we will continue to maintain a constructive dialogue with the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Urban Space Management, and the surrounding neighborhood; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of Madison Square Park Conservancy's application to conduct the Mad. Sq. Eats Fall and Spring Food & Dining Festivals in Worth Square daily from May 4 through June 1, 2012, and September 21 through October 18, 2012 between the hours of 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 34 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.