Application # 16210-2014ANWS, newsstand at 485 5th Avenue, NEC 5th Avenue and 41st Street.
WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand near the northeast corner of 5th Avenue and East 41st Street in perpetuity; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located on a corridor of 5th Avenue where newsstands are not favored by the Fifth Avenue BID, in accordance with their position that Fifth Avenue is a “view corridor” and historic district; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located on a corridor of 5th Avenue where newsstands have not existed, in keeping with the BID’s policy; and
WHEREAS, The applicant did not attend the committee meeting, which is grounds for automatic denial; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand is in front of a commercial establishment and near other newsstands (not on 5th Ave) with the similar articles for sale; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five recognizes that newsstand applicants are usually individuals and small business owners (often minorities or recent immigrants) and urges the Department of Consumer Affairs or the Department of Small Business Services to assist applicants in the cumbersome application process and provide a map of appropriate locations for newsstands; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand at the NEC 5TH Ave and East 41st Street.