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Newsstand # 1324327 – NEC West 43rd Street and 6th Avenue

WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing a newsstand on the northeast corner (NEC) of West 43rd Street & 6th Avenue; and

WHEREAS, The proposed site is located in one of the most densely crowded and heavily trafficked sidewalks in our District; and

WHEREAS, There is another newsstand in 1155 Avenue of the Americas; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would have a negative impact on pedestrian traffic, adding to congestion and creating an unsafe condition; and

WHEREAS, The additional sidewalk congestion precipitated by the proposed newsstand may lead pedestrians to walk in the gutters and streets, thereby adding to traffic congestion and creating a potentially dangerous condition; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five recognizes that the newsstand applicants are usually individuals and small business owners (often minorities or recent immigrants) and urges the Department of Small Business Services to assist applicants in the cumbersome application process, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand at the NEC West 43rd Street & 6th Avenue; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five urges DOT to proceed with the pedestrian count at the location at rush hour (5 PM- 6 PM) on a weekday, and be it further

RESOLVED, That in recognizing that the cost of applying for a newsstand is very high for the applicant, including the cost of hiring professionals to assist with the application, Community Board Five requests that DCA refund the application fee for applications that are denied.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 39 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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