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Resolutions: November 2007

 

 

Consents & Variances

Encore Community Services, application to hold a Street Festival

WHEREAS, Encore Community Services is a not-for-profit organization serving the elderly, whose main offices are located within Community Board Five; and

WHEREAS, Encore Community Services has filed an application to host a street festival on 52nd Street between Madison Avenue and 7th Avenue, on Saturday, October 25th, 2008 between 8am and 8pm (from setup to breakdown); and

WHEREAS, After convening with Community Board Five’s Consents & Variances Committee on November 7th 2007, Encore Community Services agreed to comply with CB5 street activity policies by starting setup no earlier than 9am and by requesting a street activity permit for two blocks instead of three blocks, (on West 52nd Street between 5th & 7th Avenues), to reduce the adverse impact of the street fair on vehicular traffic; and

WHEREAS, Encore Community Services has been organizing this event for over 20 years, without any complaints from neighbors; and

WHEREAS, Encore Community Services is using the services of a producer, Mort and Ray Productions, and will have food vendors, clothing vendors, crafts vendors and a small stage measuring 12’x16’ where a live band will perform jazz music; and

WHEREAS, The purpose of the event is to raise funds for Encore Community Services; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of a street activity permit on West 52nd Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue on October 25th, 2008.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 21 in favor; 7 opposed; 4 abstaining.

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New York is Book Country, application to hold a Book Fair on Fifth Avenue between 47 Street and 57 Street on Sunday, September 14, 2008.

WHEREAS, The applicant, Kirkus Reviews, wants to organize a book fair on 5th Avenue between 47th and 57th Streets, and wants to reserve all parking space on 52nd Street and 53nd Street between Madison Avenue and Avenue of the Americas; and 

WHEREAS, After convening with Community Board Five’s Consents & Variances Committee on November 7th 2007, Kirkus Reviews agreed to reduce the size of the fair by half, requesting a street activity permit for five blocks instead of ten blocks, (Fifth Avenue between 52nd Street and 57th Street), and reserved parking on one street instead of two (53rd Street. Between Madison Avenue and Avenue of the Americas) to reduce the adverse impact of the street fair on vehicular traffic; and

History:

WHEREAS, The book fair has been a recurring event from 1982 to 2004 and used to occupy Fifth Avenue from 40th Street to 57th Street, and in 2005 and 2006, the event was relocated to Washington Square Park. The event used to be organized by a not-for-profit organization called New York is Book Country and this organization went bankrupt. Subsequent to the bankruptcy, Kirkus Review decided to take over the event and to transform it into a for-profit event; and

Description:

WHEREAS, The event will gather small publishers, independent publishing companies, antiquarians, as well as larger publishing corporations such as Random House, Harpers, Scholastic, and authors and writers will attend the event, will give lectures and sign their books. The event will display three theme pavilions, a children’s pavilion sponsored by Target, a food pavilion (where food sampling will be offered) sponsored by Viking and the Food network, and a financial pavilion sponsored by Crain Communications. A stage will be installed on Fifth Avenue towards 52nd Street and jazz bands will play for a maximum of 3 hours. The event is entirely free and no food or beverage will be sold within the fair; and

WHEREAS, The applicant’s vendors will start parking their trucks on 53rd Street at midnight but will start setting up no sooner than 3am, and breakdown will be completed at 9pm, making an exemption to Community Board Five street activity permit regulations because of the commercial nature of the area. The book fair itself will start at 10am and will finish at 5pm; and

Impact on Traffic:

WHEREAS, none of the side streets between 52nd and 57th Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, and although Fifth Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic, one traffic lane will remain free and clear of booths, in order to allow for emergency vehicles to pass in case of an emergency, and no vendors or booths will be installed on sidewalks; and

Financials:

WHEREAS, Kirkus Review will pay 20% of all fees collected from vendors to the City of New York, as mandated by the Rules of the Street Activity Permit Office Relating of Applications, Fees and Charges, and Kirkus will also donate 5% of its proceeds to charities involved with children, literacy and HIV, and will organize an auction scheduled to raise $25,000 to benefit the New York Public Libraries; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has agreed to submit a copy of his audited financials to Community Board Five after completion of the book fair; and

WHEREAS, the applicant has shown great willingness to work with Community Board Five to mitigate and alleviate the negative impact of the book fair on the neighborhood; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that Community Board Five recommends approval of the book fair New York is Book Country on Fifth Avenue between 52nd Street and 57th Street, on Sunday September 14th 2008.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 20 in favor; 11 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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Application # 1268837, S/E/C of West 53rd Street and 6th Avenue.

WHEREAS, The applicant Mr Siddiki wants to install a newsstand on the South East corner of West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas, and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located on West 53rd Street, between 2 trees, at a distance that would not be compliant with DCA guidelines, and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would have an adverse impact on pedestrian traffic in an area that is already extremely congested, and

WHEREAS, In September 2007, Community Board Five recommended denial of an application for a newsstand and the S/W/C of West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas in part because of its adverse impact on the pedestrian traffic, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for a newsstand at the S/E/C of West 53rd Street near Avenue of the Americas.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 27 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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Application # 1269148,  S/E/C of East 57th Street & Park Avenue.

WHEREAS, The applicant Eugene Oh wants to install a newsstand on East 57th Street near Park Avenue; and

WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to install the newly designed newsstand that is part of the recently approved street furniture; and

WHEREAS, The area is very congested and the pedestrian traffic would be adversely impacted by the newsstand; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of a newsstand at the S/E/C corner of East 57th Street near Park Avenue.

The above resolution by a vote of 18 in favor; 11 opposed; 2 abstaining.

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Removal of an Abandoned Newsstand I/F/O 315 Seventh Avenue corner of West 28 Street.

WHEREAS, In 2004, a newsstand was placed directly in front of 315 7th Avenue, a residential building between 27th and 28th Streets (the southeast corner of 28th Street); and

WHEREAS, This large newsstand, has been vacant and non operative since 2004 and is now almost completely covered with graffiti (see attached photo); and

WHEREAS, Numerous complaints regarding the unsightliness of the newsstand, the already crowded aspect of this block, i.e., vendors, telephone booths, entrances to the subway, have been filed by residents of 315 7th Avenue and requests have been made to have the newsstand removed; and

WHEREAS, Presently, there exists a newsstand on the very next corner of 28th Street (northeast corner) and another newsstand at the other end of the same block on 27th Street (northeast corner); and

WHEREAS, CB5 learned that in April 2004, Mr. Pankaj Patel, an employee for many years at the newsstand located on the northeast corner of 27th Street when it was owned by his brother Piyush Patel, applied for a license for this newsstand when his brother retired; and

WHEREAS, The request to operate the 27th Street newsstand was denied and Mr. Patel was advised by the Department of Consumer Affairs ("DCA") that he must submit a new application, which he did; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Patel was granted permission to operate near the southeast corner of Seventh Avenue and West 28th Street, and

WHEREAS, Shortly after the "new" newsstand was approved by DCA, the 2 adjacent existing phone booths were replaced with 2 new phone booths that are larger than the previous ones, and

WHEREAS, As a result, the newsstand was no longer in compliance with DCA and DOT regulations vis-à-vis the minimum distance between a newsstand and a phone booth, and

WHEREAS, Verizon and the Department of Information Technology have refused to move the said phone booths (having been there for many years); and

WHEREAS, Shortly thereafter, the "new" newsstand appeared and was placed in front of the residential building of 315 7th Avenue where it has sat vacant for approximately three years; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five was never notified of this application, nor was the owner/manager of "Kheel Towers" at 315 7th Avenue, both are required to be notified as part of DCA's Licensing Newsstand Approval Process; and

WHEREAS, CB5 has learned that the reason Mr. Patel was not given approval to operate the already existing/operating newsstand on the northeast corner of 27th Street (his preference), was because the "footprint" did not fit the new newsstand which is larger; and

WHEREAS, CB5 has also learned that there are required minimum clearances from certain obstructions, among them subway entrances/exits (which exist at both ends of this block) for which special size limitations apply; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five regrets that the required notification process was not followed and believes Mr. Patel should be licensed to operate the existing newsstand on the northeast corner of 27th Street because of:

  • DCA's clearance requirements (re the subwayentrance/exit at both ends of the block vis a vis the footprint),

  • the difficulty in placing a newsstand in the Verizon/DOITT area,

  • the existence already of two newsstands within a very short distance from each other (one block),

  • the placing of a large newsstand in front of the residential building, and

  • the preference of the applicant to continue to use the already operating newsstand on the northeast corner of 27th Street, and be it further

RESOLVED, That the vacant/non operating newsstand in front of 315 7th Avenue

The above resolution passed by a vote of 29 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.
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Landmarks

3 East 18 Street, application to install a banner and flagpoles.

WHEREAS, 3 East 18th Street, aka 109-111 Fifth Avenue in the Ladies Mile Historic District is a neo-Renaissance style loft building designed by William Schickel & Co. and built in 1894-95; and

 WHEREAS, The applicant, Daffy’s (The bargain store for millionaires), was a tenant of the entire retail space for two decades and had two flagpoles and banners which still remain at the corner of the building, one located on 5th Avenue, and one located on W 18th Street; and

 WHEREAS, In 2006, Daffy’s vacated the westernmost part of the space and relocated its retail activity to the easternmost part of the space; and

 WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing to install a flagpole and a banner to be located over the new entrance of the store in the middle of the 18th Street façade; and WHEREAS, The flagpole would be affixed onto the 2nd floor window frame and would not induce stone penetration; and

 WHEREAS, The banner would be no larger than the Daffy’s previously existing banner and the new flagpole would be at the same angle as the remaining two flagpoles at the corner of the building; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That despite discouragement from the Landmarks Preservation on new banners and flagpoles attached to buildings on side streets in the Ladies Mile Historic District, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a flagpole and banner at 3 East 18th Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 19 in favor; 5 opposed; 6 abstentions.

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12 West 27th Street, Madison Square North Historic District, application for minor work on storefront to correct LPC violation.

WHEREAS, 12 West 27 Street, located in the Madison Square North Historic District (created June 26, 2001) is a 17-story classical New York City loft building; and

WHEREAS, The owner replaced the existing storefront at the time of designation with a new one, without getting the approval of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission ("LPC"); and

WHEREAS, the owner claims that there was an "emergency situation" that required removing the signage and the storefront; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes that plywood or some other temporary material could have been placed over the storefront until the owner obtained proper approvals for a new storefront from LPC; and

WHEREAS, The storefront installed by the owner is amodern, bland, generic design neither in keeping with the character of the building nor the Historic District; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for approval of the new storefront at 12 West 27th Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 0 abstention.

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79 Fifth Avenue, application to replace the façade to match adjacent façade.

WHEREAS, 75 Fifth Avenue (between 16th and 17th Streets), located in the Ladies Mile Historic District, is a Beaux-Arts loft building dating from around 1906; and

WHEREAS, A new commercial tenant proposed to replace a historically inappropriate storefront entry way with a design previously approved by the LPC and implemented on the adjacent (Citibank) entry; and

WHEREAS, LPC has already approved the design and the applicant retroactively presented to CB5 at the request of the "Drive to Protect the Ladies' Mile Historic District"; and 

WHEREAS, The applicant reduced the size of the non-illuminated blade sign in response to LPC comments; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that Community Board Five  recommends approval of this application for a new storefront entry way at 79 Fifth Avenue, with the understanding that the applicant will seek necessary community reviews in the future.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 0 abstention.

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130 West 42 Street aka 135 West 41 Street, application to create new window opening, and modify the storefronts.

WHEREAS, 130 West 42 Street, aka 135 West 41 Street, is an individually Landmarked Building dating from 1916 - 1918, designed by the architectural firm Helmle & Corbett in the"traditional" early skyscraper style with an "English" Gothic appearance. On the side facades, trompe l'oeil brickwork creates vertical "ribs" with a fake "shade" pattern to enhance the verticality. The windows are concentrated to the north and south facades, as well as to a recessed mid-facade light-well on the east façade; and

WHEREAS, The owners of the building are applying to create 60 new window openings, and to modify the entrance way and storefronts on West 42 Street, .but are not applying to demolish a one-story rooftop addition on the south wing, and construct a new rooftop addition (as originally proposed); and

WHEREAS, Prior to its designation as a Landmark, several irregularly placed windows were added to the building on the east and west side facades and a granite double story entrance way replaced the original limestone entrance way, and storefronts and the lobby were relocated; and

WHEREAS, The proposed redesigned double story entrance way and storefronts were in a very modern, all glass design, not reflective of the original architectural design as shown in historical photographs, (although the removal of the later granite materials and replacement with limestone would be an improvement over the existing condition and materials); and

WHEREAS, A representative of the applicant appeared at Community Board Five's Meeting on November 8, 2007 with a modification of the all glass design, but the applicant did not give the Board adequate time to review this revised proposal for the redesign of the West 42 St. two story entrance way and storefronts; and

WHEREAS, The applicant is now proposing to change the appearance of the east and west facades of the building by the addition of 60 new windows, and by incorporating or relocating some of the existing irregularly placed windows on these facades in a pattern of four windows per floor on each side of the building; and

WHEREAS, Although the applicant proposes to use the original building bricks removed in this process (if the 60 window addition were to be approved by LPC) to patch any damaged bricks or window openings that may be shifted to line up with the new windows; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for the new two-story entrance way and storefronts and the addition of 60 new windows on the east and west facades of the building at 130 West 42 Street, aka 135 West 41 Street since the designs submitted are not in keeping with the original historical or architectural style of the building.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 26 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstention, 1 present not entitled to vote.

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Hotel Pennsylvania  designation.

WHEREAS, On Tuesday October 2, 2007, concerned members of the public appeared before Community Board Five at our Landmarks Committee meeting seeking support in the effort to designate as an individual landmark the building at 401 Seventh Avenue, located between West 32nd and West 33rd Streets, known as the Hotel Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, A subcommittee was formed in order to research and evaluate the history and worthiness of the building, and the potential to designate this as a historic landmark, so that this could be reported back to the committee at our meeting on Tuesday October 30, 2007; and

WHEREAS, In 1917, the prominent architectural firm of McKim Mead & White was commissioned to design and construct a hotel to accommodate the passengers of the Pennsylvania Railroad; and

WHEREAS, The firm of McKim Mead & White is credited as the creator of such renowned architecture as the Washington Square Arch (1889), the second Madison Square Garden, at Madison Square (1890), the Cable Building at 611 Broadway (1892), the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University (1893), the Bowery Savings Bank’s first headquarters (1893), the New York Herald Building (1894), the University Club (1899), the Pierpont Morgan Library (1903), the Manhattan Municipal Building (1909-1915), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1911), the James A. Farley Building – New York City’s General Post Office, (1912-1914) and New York’s Pennsylvania Station, constructed between 1904 through 1910; and

WHEREAS, Despite being known for its Beaux Arts architecture at the turn of the 20th century, the firm remained active into the 1960's, long after the founders had passed away, one of their last works being the design of the prominent National Museum of American History in Washington DC, which opened in 1964; and

WHEREAS, The chief designer of the hotel is the architect William Symmes Richardson, who also helped design the Pennsylvania Station, as well as the National City Bank Building in New York, the Girard Trust Company Building in Philadelphia and the Bank of Montreal, Canada. Mr. Richardson had joined the firm of McKim Mead & White in 1906, and remained a working architect until about 1925; and

WHEREAS, The renowned hotelier Ellsworth Statler – who was later named by the American Hotel Association as “Hotel Man of the Century” – was contracted to manage this property. When The Statler Hotel Pennsylvania opened its doors in 1919, it was considered to be the largest hotel in the world. The original hotel had 2,200 bathrooms, 3,537 beds and the world’s first “high rise” elevators. Statler remained involved with the hotel for many years and eventually purchased this altogether in 1949; and

WHEREAS, Through the 1930's and 1940's the hotel’s Café Rouge was considered to be one of the most popular nightclubs in New York. Among the big bands that performed here were Duke Ellington, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, and most notably the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The hotel’s phone number, Pennsylvania 6-5000, is immortalized in their hit tune, and is New York’s longest continually used telephone number. It remains the same to this day; and

WHEREAS, After 1954, when the Statler Company merged into Hilton Hotel Corporation, the property has had several owners, and several names. Statler’s name remained on the hotel until 1983, when this was renamed The New York Penta Hotel. The original historic name Hotel Pennsylvania reappeared in the 1990's; and

WHEREAS, There has been restorative work performed to the hotel in the mid 1980's and at the early part of this century; and

WHEREAS, Hotel Pennsylvania is bounded on the west by Seventh Avenue and on the north and south by West 33rd Street and West 32nd Street respectively. The building was erected on a site measuring 200’ X 400’. There are 22 floors from street level to roof, including three levels in the penthouse. On the ground floor there are lobby entrances from West 32nd Street and West 33rd Streets to the lobby, and a ballroom entrance on West 33rd Street; and

WHEREAS, The base of the building is constructed of Indiana Limestone with Milford Pink Granite at the grade levels. Much of this has been painted over. The rusticated stone façade is punctuated by a series of pilasters, the predominant number of these having scrolled capitals. At the Seventh Avenue entrance to the hotel, there are six massive stone columns capped by an ornate stone balustrade; and

WHEREAS, In between the windows of the first two floors there are several Rosso Levanto Marble decorative spandrels, many of the third floor windows appear to be original, with ornamental metal framing, six paned over six, in matching pairs. Windows from the fourth floor and above are predominantly one over one, there is stone dentil course between floors three and four; and

WHEREAS, Above the fourth floor there is a pronounced setback in the overall structure. Rising from the limestone base, the majority of the building is constructed of tan colored brick. At West 32nd Street, the building forms four individual towers partially conjoined at the building’s center. These were constructed to maximize the exposure to sunlight and airflow. At West 33rd Street the two central towers are fully conjoined; and

WHEREAS, The façades above the 17th Floor are heavily ornamented in stone and terra cotta, including fluted pilasters and a massive ornamental limestone cornice. The penthouse structures above appear to be habitable space at the Seventh Avenue side of the building, and for mechanical usage at the east; and

WHEREAS, As it is today, boasting 1,700 hotel rooms and approximately 500,000 square feet, Hotel Pennsylvania is New York’s fourth largest hotel; and

WHEREAS, In 1998 Vornado Realty Trust entered into an agreement to increase its interest in the Hotel Pennsylvania from 40% to 80, and then in 1999, by acquiring Planet Hollywood International’s 20% interest in the hotel, Vornado owned this outright, and in connection with the 1999 transaction, Vornado also terminated the licensing agreement with Planet Hollywood for an Official All-Star Hotel; and

WHEREAS, Demolition plans have been announced for the hotel and a 2,500,000 square foot office tower will be built by 2011 on its site, a building of this size would have significantly more square footage than The Empire State Building, although this may not be as tall; and

WHEREAS, Upon evaluation of the information pertaining to the architecture and rich cultural history of the hotel, during Community Board Five’s October 30th Landmarks Committee meeting, the subcommittee voiced opinions both in favor and against designation; and

WHEREAS, After hearing opinions both in favor and against designation, the committee voted to recommend in favor; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five strongly RECOMMENDS DESIGNATION as an individual landmark, the building at 401 Seventh Avenue, known as the Hotel Pennsylvania.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 21 in favor; 8 opposed; 1 abstention, 2 present not entitled to vote.

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Land Use & Zoning

Moynihan/Penn Station Redevelopment Project Draft Scope of Work For Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

WHEREAS, The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan proposed creating a new Pennsylvania Station in the James A. Farley Post Office Building on 8th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets in an effort to upgrade the current Pennsylvania Station, improve our transportation capacity, and recreate the grandeur of the original station which was torn down in 1964; and

WHEREAS, The State Empire Development Corporation has created a subsidiary, the Moynihan Station Development  Corporation, to plan, design and finance the new station; and

WHEREAS, This project will result in the creation of 7.5 million new zoning square feet for mixed use development including 1.4 million square feet at the Moynihan Station site, 2 million square feet at the 1 Penn Plaza site and 4.3 million square feet within in a new proposed Moynihan Station Special District between 29th Street and 36th Street from 5th Avenue to 9th Avenue; and

WHEREAS, There is an additional 10 million square feet of new development being proposed for the 34th Street corridor, unrelated to Moynihan Station, further increasing the density of, and pressures on the area.; and

WHEREAS, The current proposal contemplates (a) the development of an approximately 1 million square foot commercial building to be located to the east of One Penn Plaza, facing Seventh Avenue, and (b) the construction of a new building between 185,000 and 1 million square feet  to the west of One Penn Plaza, requiring the demolition of the existing public plaza (created in 1961 in exchange for bonus square footage) which Community Board Five is on record opposing; and

WHEREAS, The Moynihan Station Development Corporation states in its proposed Environmental Impact Statement that the new special district would follow City Planning Commission guidelines for zoning and re-zoning in the district; and

WHEREAS, The current proposal would move Madison Square Garden (MSG) from its current site on 8th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Street to the western part of the James A. Farley Post Office Building and use the current MSG site for the eastern side of Moynihan Station ; and

WHEREAS, The current development plan would eliminate the only outdoor public space in the proposed Special District, currently on the corner of West 34th Street and 7th Avenue; and

WHEREAS, A Final Environmental Impact Statement on the approximately 1.4 million square foot Farley Post Office/Moynihan Station site was completed and adopted in August 2006; and

WHEREAS, By encompassing a new Pennsylvania Station, a new Madison Square Garden, the formation of a new Special District, and the creation of 7.5 million new square feet of mixed used development, this historic re-development is expected to dramatically impact and change this section of midtown Manhattan and thereby offers a rare opportunity to bring essential amenities into the District, including outdoor green public space, an amenity now widely deemed essential for quality of life; and

WHEREAS, The Moynihan Station Development Corporation is now beginning an Environmental Impact Statement on the mixed-use development to be used in the new Moynihan Station Special District and is seeking input from the community including testimony at an important public hearing being held at the Farley Building on December 6; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 requests that the following items and issues be added to the scope of this Environmental Impact Statement:

  • Ensure that the new Moynihan Station and the special district create new and usable open, green space for the public that is, at the very least, equal to the current exterior public space that will be eliminated by this plan.  The Mayor's PlaNYC 2030 recommends 1.5 acres of open space for every 1,000 residents.  Community Board 5 has substantially less open space than this standard and the Moynihan/Penn Station Redevelopment Project presents an opportunity to improve this important urban condition.

  • Measure and respond to the impact of adding 7.5 million square feet of mixed-used development on the community's infrastructure including increased public transportation service, public schools, sidewalk widening, and sanitation needs.  The Environmental Impact Statement should also mandate pedestrian-through corridors mid-block where appropriate and widening the sidewalks to support the new foot traffic in this already pedestrian-stressed area.

  • Assure that a significant portion of the new residential development being created by this special district be set aside for affordable housing under the 80/20 rules or other mechanisms.

  • Investigate the impact of the new Special District on Class B office space and ensure that the changes do not result in a net decrease.  The loss of Class B office space within Community Board 5 has been a continuing concern of the Board realizing that this type of commercial office space is essential to sustain our small and growing businesses as an important part of the New York City economy.

  • Ensure the historic and designated elements of both the exterior and interior of the James A. Farley Post Office, a designated landmark, be preserved.   

  • Investigate the educational needs of the area, especially considering the new residential development that is likely to occur, and build one or more new schools if it is found to be necessary in the Environmental Impact Statement.  Community Board 5 has neither an elementary nor a middle school within its borders.

  • Study the impact of the Special District on the ¼ to ½ mile periphery of the area as required by law.

  • Require that some of the new development and or existing space in the Special District be set aside for cultural institutions, including theatres and dance companies, which are essential to the city's vitality, livability and economy.

  • Examine the impact on the environment and on air pollution of both the (1) development of these new, larger buildings and (2) the additional traffic generated by this proposed development, including the retail deliveries and traffic using the studies of the Time Warner Center and other locations.  The scoping document discusses "green buildings" but does not address other environmental impacts of all the new development which will occur in the Special District.

  • Examine the impact of the Special District on retail and business areas including "Little Korea" (30th to 32nd Street from 5th to 6th Avenue) and the Garment District.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 25 in favor, 0 opposed, 0 abstaining.
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Parks

Mighty Leaf Tea, application to hold a tea party in Union Square Park South Plaza, on November 8, 2007

WHEREAS, The applicant, Mighty Leaf Tea has applied for a permit to hold an event on November 8, 2007; and

WHEREAS, No one from the organization attended the meeting of the Parks committee held on October 29, 2007; and

WHEREAS, Any questions that the committee might have regarding this event could not be addressed; therefore be it

 RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the permit for Mighty Leaf Tea to hold a tea party in Union Square Park South Plaza on November 8, 2007.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 27 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstention.

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The League of Off Broadway Theatres, application to hold a Christmas Tree Lighting in Union Square Park on December 3, 2007

WHEREAS, The applicant, The League of Off Broadway Theatres has applied for a permit to hold a Christmas Tree Lighting on December 3, 2007 in Union Square Park; and

WHEREAS, No one from the organization attended the meeting of the Parks committee held on October 29, 2007; and

WHEREAS, Any questions that the committee might have regarding this event could not be addressed; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the permit for The League of Off Broadway Theatres to hold a Christmas Tree Lighting in Union Square Park on December 3, 2007.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 27 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstention.

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Performa, application to hold a performance in Bryant Park on November 11, 2007

WHEREAS, Performa, a non-profit arts organization that collaborates with many leading art institutions in the City, has applied for a special event permit to hold a performance art event called Avant-Garde Walk in Bryant Park to be held on November 11, 2007; and

WHEREAS, Performa has held many such events without incident; and

WHEREAS, The performance consists of 20 to 30 Avant-Garde artists marching backward on a path that begins at the China Institute (65th and Park), passes through the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art and Bryant Park and culminates at Time Square; and

WHEREAS, The group of marchers will be assisted by three to five volunteers, marching on paved surfaces while in the park, and expect that their march will last no longer than it takes to pass through the park; and

WHEREAS, There will be no admission charged, or commercial signage for the events, or merchandise sold, or amplified sound; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of a special event permit to hold a performance in Bryant Park on November 11, 2007.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 25 in favor; 1opposed; 1 abstention.

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Holiday Themed Giveaway, application to hold an event by Starbucks and the New York Public Library for a holiday themed giveaway at Bryant Park on December 6, 2007.

WHEREAS, The applicant, Starbucks, has submitted an application seeking permission from the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation, in order to conduct an event on the steps and plaza in front of the New York Public Library; and

WHEREAS, The event will be conducted by Starbucks in partnership with The New York Public Library; and

WHEREAS, The proposed event known as “Pass The Cheer”, is to occur on Thursday December 6, 2007, beginning at 8:00 AM, completing at 10:00 AM, with set-up time beginning at 4:00 AM, clean-up time to be completed at 11:30 AM; and

WHEREAS, The activities in the proposed event will include distribution of free gift items, such as small Christmas trees, biscotti and chocolates in coffee mugs, samples of holiday beverages, and will also promote the services and programs available at the library; and

WHEREAS, Participants at the event will be offered an opportunity to register for a library card; and

WHEREAS, There will be banners and signage at this event, at the Parks Committee’s suggestion the applicants have promised that the logo for The New York Public Library will appear much larger than the logo for Starbucks; and

WHEREAS, Starbucks has committed that a $10,000.00 minimum donation will be made to The New York Public Library; and WHEREAS, The proposed event is free of charge to all participants and there will be no merchandise sold at this event; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the proposed “Pass The Cheer” event to be conducted at The New York Public Library on Thursday December 6, 2007.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 25 in favor; 1opposed; 1 abstention.

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