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Mktg’ application to conduct an event promoting Clinique in Union Sq. Pk., September 22, 2009

WHEREAS, Community Board Five takes its role in the review of applications for Parks Special Events seriously and requests an opportunity to review the application before a permit is granted by the Parks Department Special Permit Office; and

WHEREAS, ‘mktg’ has submitted an application seeking permission for a special event to be conducted in Union Square Park, on the west side between 15th & 16th Streets on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 between 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM, requiring set-up to begin at 7:00 AM, and dismantling and clean-up to be completed by 9:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has stated that the purpose of this proposed event is to conduct a makeup and hair “makeover” event and press announcement regarding Clinique’s line of hair and makeup products; and

WHEREAS, Set-up for the event would include one (1) truck, measuring 53’-0” long X 12’-0” deep, as well as a 4’-0” X 4’-0” riser for the press announcement; and

WHEREAS, The truck will be promotionally co-branded by Clinique and Teen Vogue; and

WHEREAS, A representative from Clinique will speak to the press on the riser in front of the truck at 4:00 PM for 10 minutes; and

WHEREAS, Gift bags will be given away to the public; and

WHEREAS, We are concerned with the large footprint of park space that would be required to conduct this event; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has repeatedly taken the position to deny access to our parks for special events that are predominantly commercial in nature and that offer questionable benefit to parks visitors; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by ‘mktg’ to conduct their Clinique makeover event in Union Square Park on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. 

The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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