Newsstand application # 1396472, SWC 53rd street and Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue)
WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on the Southwest corner of 53rd street and The Avenue of the Americas; and
WHEREAS, The applicant failed to appear at a regularly scheduled meeting and failed to address questions and concerns CB5 had about the application; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located directly in front of the public plaza and fountain at 53rd and 6th; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five has routinely requested denial of street furniture which blocks the view and accessibility to these fountains and public seating areas; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located on in an area which registers extremely high pedestrian traffic; and
WHEREAS, This area is already very busy with pushcarts and street food vendors lining the curbs; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would have a negative impact on the afore mentioned pedestrian traffic, thereby adding to congestion and potential causing pedestrians to walk out into the street, creating an unsafe condition; and
WHEREAS, Safety is a crucial concern for Community Board Five; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand on the Southwest Corner of 53rd street and Avenue of the Americas; and be it further
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five urges DOT to proceed with the pedestrian counts at this location during lunch time and at rush hour (5 PM- 6 PM) on a weekday.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 30 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.