7 East 53rd Street, Le Pain Quotidien; application for a revocable consent for a new unenclosed sidewalk cafe with 2table and 4 seats
WHEREAS, The applicant is applying for a revocable consent for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 7 East 53rd Street; and
WHEREAS, The applicant had requested a postponement which is not permitted by DCA rules; and
WHEREAS, The applicant failed to appear at a regularly scheduled meeting and failed to address questions and concerns CB5 has about this application; and
WHEREAS, Members of Community Board Five recommended that the applicant withdraw the application and reapply at a later time when they might be able to address CB5's concerns; and
WHEREAS, That withdrawal was not made; and
WHEREAS, The proposed location of the sidewalk cafe (53rd Street just off 5th Avenue) registers very high pedestrian traffic; and
WHEREAS, The sidewalks on 53rd between 5th and Madison are relatively narrow; and
WHEREAS, The proposed 2 tables would stick out 4 feet from the property line, leaving just the bare minimum 8"1" of clearance for pedestrian traffic; and
WHEREAS, Those sidewalks are further narrowed by the existence of trees which line and beautify the street, thereby making the usable clearance significantly less than 8 feet; and
WHEREAS, The proposed location is immediately adjacent to Paley Park which offers plenty of public seating; and
WHEREAS, There are no other sidewalk cafe's on this block; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the revocable consent for a new unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 7 East 53rd Street.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.