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Reboot application to conduct a special event known as "Sukkah City: New York City 2010" in Union Square Park on Sunday and Monday September 26 and 27, 2010

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, Reboot, a non-profit, is partnering with Union Square Partnership, the American Institute of Architect, Dwell Magazine, and Make Magazine on a four phase campaign as follows:

-       Sponsor a national design competition to re-imagine the Sukkah

-       Assemble a distinguished jury to select finalists

-       Display the winning structures (10-12) in Union Square Park, September 26 and 27, 2010

-       Document the entire project in a book to be published by Princeton Architectural Press; and

WHEREAS, A Sukkah (often translated as "booth") is a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot.  It is topped with branches and often decorated with autumnal, harvest and Judaic themes; and

WHEREAS, The Sukkah that are placed in New York City parks are often unattractive; and

WHEREAS, New York is a recognized center of design and culture and its metropolitan area is home to the largest number of Jews outside Israel; and

WHEREAS, Reboot will continue to work closely with the Union Square Partnership to minimize signage, maintain adequate pedestrian circulation, minimize the duration and impact of the event, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of Reboot's application to conduct "Sukkah City: New York City 2010" in Union Square Park on Sunday and Monday September 26 and 27, 2010.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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