Church of Scientology, rehearing of an application for a street fair on 46th St, b/w Broadway and 8th Avenues, Sunday, June 27 (Mardi Gras Festival).
WHEREAS, Church of Scientology has applied for a permit to conduct a block party, on 46th Street, b/t Broadway and 8th Avenues, Sunday, June 27, and
WHEREAS, Church of Scientology is headquartered on that block, and
WHEREAS, Church of Scientology has held this event for 7 years, and
WHEREAS, Two theaters, the Lunt-Fontanne and the Richard Rodgers Theaters, are located on this block, as well as the exit doors for the Imperial Theater, and
WHEREAS, Since 2005, opposition against street fairs on West 46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue on matinee days was voiced by the theaters, and
WHEREAS, On matinee days, the theaters collectively hold more than 5,000 people, including patrons, cast, crew and other support staff, and theaters believe it is unsafe to restrict access to traffic to the block when the theaters are in operation, and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five held a meeting with all parties, (Church of Scientology, Mardi Gras Productions, The Nederlander Organization, The Shubert Organization, The Marriot Marquis, The Times Square Alliance), and
WHEREAS, During this meeting, all parties showed a remarkable sense of cooperation, and found a compromise that was practical and agreeable to all parties: relocating the street fair onto Broadway between 47th St & 51th St, and
WHEREAS, This agreed-upon compromise was rejected by SAPO for no clear reason; therefore be it,
RESOLVED, that Community Board Five recommends denial of a Church of Scientology block party on West 46th Street b/t Broadway and 8th Avenue, on June 27th; and be it further
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of a block party on Broadway between 47th & 51st Streets on June 27th , 2010.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 34 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.