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Newsstand Application # 1298137, NWC Broadway & West 43rd Street.

WHEREAS, The applicant wants to install a newsstand at the North West corner of Broadway and West 43rd Street, and

WHEREAS, The applicant provided contradictory and confusing information, with drawings not matching the pictures, and the address on the application, and

WHEREAS, The applicant notified the wrong building of its intent to install a newsstand, and

WHEREAS, The proposed location is one of the most congested areas in New York, with on any given day nearly 135,000 people walking on the sidewalk between 42nd and 43rd on 7th Avenue—which is only a few yards from the proposed location, and

WHEREAS, The Times Square Alliance is opposed to the proposed newsstand, underscoring the extreme pedestrian congestion of the bow-tie area of Times Square, and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five passed a moratorium on new street furniture on the bow-tie area of Time Square, and

WHEREAS, DCA should discourage applications for locations already reviewed; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for a newsstand on the North West Corner of Broadway and West 43rd Street, and be it further

RESOLVED, Community Board 5 is deeply concerned with the high number of application it reviews each year, and in order to streamline the process and help the applicants achieve their goal, Community Board 5 demands that DCA request each applicant consult with the relevant Community Board and the relevant Business Improvement District on the appropriateness of the location prior to the applicant filing the application and paying the application fee, and be it further

RESOLVED, Community Board 5 is urging DCA, DOT, and the Design Commission to work collaboratively with Community Boards and Business Improvement Districts to establish a master plan for the allocation of the remaining newsstands in New York City.  

The above resolution passed by a vote of 30 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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