Newsstand application # 1389574, 358 5th Ave (NWC 34th Street and 5th Ave)
WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on the Northwest corner of 34th street and 5th avenue; 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, Community Board Five has a moratorium on new street furniture along the 5th Avenue corridor; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located directly across 34th street from the Empire State Building which is one of New York's most recognized and frequently visited landmarks; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would therefore be located in an area that registers a heavy pedestrian traffic flow; and
WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would have a negative impact on 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 Northwest Corner of 34th street and 5th Avenue, in front of 358 5th Avenue; and be it further
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five urges DOT to proceed with the pedestrian counts at this location 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.