Newsstand application (#19456-2016-ANWS) at the NWC of Broadway and West 54 Street.
WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on the northwest corner (NWC) of Broadway and 54th Street; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would have a negative impact on pedestrian traffic, which is already very heavy, and add to congestion and create an unsafe crowded condition on the public sidewalk; and
WHEREAS, The Residence Inn, directly behind the proposed newsstand, and 1717 Broadway, a residential building on the same block, have expressed objections to the proposed newsstand; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five recognizes that the newsstand applicants are usually individuals and small business owners (often minorities or recent immigrants) and urges the Department of Small Business Services to assist applicants in the cumbersome application process; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand at the NWC of Broadway and West 54th Street; and be it further
RESOLVED, Community Board Five urges DOT to proceed with the pedestrian count at the location at rush hour (5 PM- 6 PM) on a weekday, and be it further
RESOLVED, Recognizing that the cost of applying for a newsstand is very high for small business owners and operators, Community Board Five continues to request that DCA refund the fee for this application and all applications that are denied.