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Newsstand application at the northeast corner of Broadway and West 35th Street

WHEREAS, Mohammed Idris (“Applicant”) seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on the NEC of Broadway and West 35th Street; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located in a heavily congested area and create numerous obstructions; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would create an unnecessary burden on pedestrian flow; and

WHEREAS, The applicant was required to attend the public hearing and post notification in the community, but did neither; and

WHEREAS, The applicant’s representation refused to cooperate with requests from Community Board Five for public posting and attendance at the public hearing, stating that they had no intention to do so; and

WHEREAS, The 34th Street Partnership, in their role as the neighborhood BID, attended the public hearing and spoke strongly in opposition to the application, citing the redundancy of services and multiple other newsstands in the vicinity; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand at the NEC of Broadway and West 35th Street; 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 any
application denied, DCA should refund the fee.

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