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Make Music New York, musical event on West 48th Street

WHEREAS, The applicant is the Times Square Alliance, the Business Improvement District for the Times Square area; and

WHEREAS, Make Music New York is a free musical festival with a number of events occurring simultaneously throughout the five boroughs of New York City; and

WHEREAS, The event will be a “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo” where the public can participate in the festival by seeing and playing various musical instruments provided by music instrument stores located on the block, and getting free music lessons by professional teachers; and

WHEREAS, There will be no food, and no outside vendors; and

WHEREAS, The event is to be held from noon to 5:00 p.m., with set up beginning no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and breakdown completed no later than 6:00 p.m.; and

WHEREAS, The applicant will have no stage or amplified sound (except for battery powered amplification of instruments) and the street on which the event will take place is mainly commercial, with no residential buildings to impact; and

WHEREAS, Although there is a Broadway theater at the location of the event, the theater is not in operation on the day of the event this year and our recommendation is for this year only; and

WHEREAS, The event has been thoroughly thought out, planned and presented and is expected to be run in a similarly effective manner; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the Make Music New York application presented by the Times Square Alliance for a street activity permit on West 48th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue on Sunday, June 21st, 2009.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 32 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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