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WHEREAS, The applicant seeks to install and operate a newsstand at the Southeast corner of 7th Avenue and Central Park West; and

WHEREAS, An application for a newsstand at this same location was denied by the Design Commission in March of 2009 because it blocked the view of the 'PARK UNFOLDING'; and

WHEREAS, The New York Athletic Club, a landmarked building, is located at this same street corner (59th Street and 7th Avenue) and is sponsor to many major amateur athletes, as well functioning as a hotel and center for business and social events; and

WHEREAS, The NY Athletic Club has a picture window which has a singular view of Central Park which would be obstructed by the presence of the proposed newsstand; and

WHEREAS, Several members of the club and general public were present to speak to these issues, and

WHEREAS, This location, in the corridor leading from Times Square to Central Park, has extremely heavy pedestrian traffic; and

WHEREAS, The presence of additional street furniture could potentially cause pedestrians to walk into street traffic at this already extremely dangerous street corner; and

WHEREAS, Pedestrians in street traffic create a particularly dangerous situation; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of a newsstand at the corner of 7th Avenue and Central Park South; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Manhattan Community Board Five urges the New York City Department of Transportation to proceed with the pedestrian counts at this location during rush hour (5 PM - 6 PM) on a weekday.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 32 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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