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Newsstand application # 14332057, SWC Broadway and 56th Street

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on SWC of Broadway and 56th Street, and

WHEREAS, The applicant was invited, but failed to appear at a regularly scheduled meeting and failed to address questions and concerns that CB5 has about this application; and

WHEREAS, The proposed location is directly in front of a bank which blocks the banks windows and obstructs the view into the bank; and

WHEREAS, The bank manager has expressed that this obstruction creates a potentially dangerous situation; and

WHEREAS, The area is already saturated with newsstands  including 2 newsstands one block north at 57th and Broadway, 1 directly across the street on the SEC of Broadway and 56th, and 1 newsstand one block south on the NEC of 55th and Broadway; and

WHEREAS, Several Brick and Mortar businesses in the area also sell similar products; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five finds that the proposed newsstand is in an over-saturated area and creates a potentially dangerous visual obstruction and therefore Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand on SWC of Broadway and 56th Street; and be it further

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends that the DOT create a master plan for Newsstand placement to help avoid the over-saturation of sidewalk obstructions in this and other areas around the city.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 34 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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