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Newsstand Application # 1299916, NEC West 40th Street & 8th Avenue.

WHEREAS, The applicant wants to apply for a newsstand on the North East Corner of West 40th Street and 8th Avenue, and

WHEREAS, The proposed location was reviewed by Community Board Five at the April 08 full board meeting and was denied (30-5-1), and

WHEREAS, The situation of the proposed location has not changed, and

WHEREAS, The proposed location is across from Port Authority Bus Terminal, near a subway entrance, and a subway vent; and

WHEREAS, The pedestrian traffic is very congested around the proposed location; and

WHEREAS, The newsstand would negatively impact on pedestrian traffic, creating physical clutter at an intersection already congested, thus creating an unsafe condition; and

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

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application # 1299916, for a newsstand at the NEC West 40th Street & 8th Avenue, and be it further

RESOLVED, Community Board Five 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 Five 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 Five 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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