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Newsstand application (8198-2019-ANWS) at the Northwest corner of 5th Avenue and East 36th Street, in front of 400 5th Avenue

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2019,
the following resolution passed with a vote of 42 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, Nargis Aktar(“Applicant”) seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on 5th Avenue
between East 37th Street and 36th Street, in front of 400 5th Ave; 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, An adjacent hotel, The Langham, has an entrance directly in front of the newsstand’s
location and has filed a letter requesting denial of the application; and

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

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand at
the NWC of 5th Avenue & East 36th Street, in front of 400 5th Avenue; 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 should refund the fee for
any application denied.

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