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Newsstand Application # 1456509 - NWC Park Avenue South and East 19th Street

At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, March 14, 2013, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 34 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on NWC of Park avenue South and 19th Street, and

WHEREAS, The sidewalk at the proposed location is 14' 6" in width; and

WHEREAS, With 1' 6" between the curb and the newsstand plus 4' of space for the newsstand itself; there is only 9' of space left for pedestrian passage; and

WHEREAS, 9' 6" of pedestrian space is required by the DCA, making this application non-compliant; 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 and the NYPD have said that this obstruction creates a potentially dangerous situation; and

WHEREAS, The proposed location is on Park Avenue South which is a visual corridor and is subject to the scrutiny of the Design Commission; and

WHEREAS, Pedestrian traffic is quite heavy on Park Avenue South, particularly during the morning and evening rush hours; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five recommended denial of a Newsstand at this exact location in July of 2012 and conditions have not changed since that time; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand on NWC of Park Avenue South and 19th Street; and be it further

RESOLVED, Community Board Five urges DOT to proceed with the pedestrian counts at this location on any weekday between 5pm and 6pm.

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