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Consents & Variances

Affect of Street Fairs on Broadway Theatres

WHEREAS, Community Board Five is home to the largest concentration of theaters in NYC; and

WHEREAS, Over the years, theaters have been negatively impacted by street fairs on their blocks on days when theaters have performances, impacting the entrance and exit of theatergoers, and impacting the box office sales; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five recognizes that block parties and street fairs provide an opportunity for-not-for profit groups to raise funds, but acknowledges that they should be operated with minimal negative impact to their surrounding; and

WHEREAS, Street fairs can draw large crowds that cause great pedestrian congestion when theatergoers enter and exit the theaters; therefore be it

RECOMMEND, That Community Board Five requests that SAPO and CECM to relocate existing street activity permits on blocks/days when theaters have performances, and to deny street activity permits for new events, unless the event has the written support from the theater operator or theater owner.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 36 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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