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Newsstand application (#22400-2016-ANWS) at the NWC of Madison Avenue and East 32 Street

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on the NWC of Madison Avenue and East 32nd Street, in front of 160 Madison Avenue; and

WHEREAS, The proposed location is in a heavily trafficked area, and would negatively impact pedestrian traffic by creating further congestion; and

WHEREAS, There are several convenience stores and other newsstands within a three-block radius of this location; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has concerns regarding this location and how it will affect pedestrian flow, including during the many post-parade events and other large events in the area throughout the year; and

WHEREAS, As the applicant was responsive to requests and posted signage regarding this application as requested, Community Board Five recognizes that newsstand applicants are usually individuals and small business owners and urges the Department of Consumer Affairs or the Department of Small Business Services to assist applicants in the cumbersome application process and provide a map of appropriate locations for newsstands; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand at the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and East 32 Street; and be it further

RESOLVED, Recognizing that the cost of applying for a newsstand is very high for small business owners and operators, Community Board Five continues to request that DCA refund the fee for this application and all applications that are denied.

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