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Bryant Park Lighting Enhancements proposal

WHEREAS, Bryant Park Corporation, the applicant, is proposing to modify and upgrade the design of the lighting in Bryant Park and to install additional lighting throughout the Park; and

WHEREAS, Bryant Park, a New York City Scenic Landmark, is a formal French style garden designed in 1933 by Lusby Simpson, and was reconstructed and partially redesigned by Hanna/Olin in 1988-91; and

 WHEREAS, In years subsequent to the 1988-91 reconstruction, Bryant Park has become the host of special events throughout the year, which have substantially increased the number of visitors; and

WHEREAS, Several of the events such as Thursdays at 5 live music performances, HBO/Bryant Park Film Festival, Fashion Week, The Pond at Bryant Park ice skating, and The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park are conducted in the evening hours, having people in the park after dark, even as late as midnight; and

WHEREAS, The applicant proposes:

WHEREAS, The new light pole fixtures will be similar in design to the existing fixtures, except that they

 WHEREAS, Certain other elements of the park will also be enhanced by installation of uplighting fixtures:

WHEREAS, The new lighting configuration is designed to illuminate parts of the park less frequented at night because they are less inviting to the public, especially in the winter months; and

WHEREAS, An increase of the illuminance levels is beneficial to evening visitors, in that better lighting equates a deterrent to the criminal element while accommodating safer accessibility into and out of the Park; and

WHEREAS, The applicant will obtain approval of the changes from NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Public Art Commission; and

WHEREAS, The proposed design is harmonious with the existing historic park and its surroundings; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to modify and upgrade the lighting throughout Bryant Park.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 29 in favor; 2 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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