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Consents & Variances


At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, January 16, 2014, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 27 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on the North West corner of  28th Street and Fifth Avenue; and

WHEREAS, The newsstand application for this location is within Department of Consumer Affairs specifications; and

WHEREAS, The proposed site is, however, heavily congested with pedestrian traffic during weekdays; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would negatively impact pedestrian traffic by creating further congestion, thus creating an unsafe condition; and

WHEREAS, The area around this location is particularly congested during times when special events are held in and around neighboring Madison Square Park; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand is within the Fifth Avenue Visual Corridor, where additional permanent structures are restricted; and

WHEREAS, The area is already adequately served by existing newsstands and news vendors in the area, including a newsstand at the South East corner of 28th Street and Madison Avenue, the North West corner of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue and the South East corner of Fifth Avenue and 32nd Street; and

WHEREAS, The applicant did not appear so was unable to answer questions concerning the application; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand at the North West corner of 28th Street and Fifth Avenue; and be it further

RESOLVED, Recognizing that the cost of applying for a newsstand is very high to small business owners and operators, Community Board Five requests that DCA refund the fee for this application and all applications that are denied.

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