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Request by Go New York Tours, Inc., dba Top View Sightseeing for a sightseeing bus stop on the west side of 7th Avenue between West 50th Street and West 51st Street

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, November 9, 2023, the following resolution passed with a vote of 30 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, Go New York Tours, Inc. dba Top View Sightseeing requests a sightseeing bus stop from the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) on the west side of 7th Avenue between West 50th and West 51st Streets for pick-ups and drop-offs Monday through Sunday, 9:15 a.m. through 5:15 p.m., with a frequency of 1 trip every hour; and

WHEREAS, The requested location is currently marked No Standing, is already licensed to Gray Line New York Tours, and according to DOT this site allows for the addition of another bus company; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant posted notices of the application on the block and delivered notices of the application to other businesses on the block, as requested by Community Board Five; and

WHEREAS, No significant objections were raised by members of the community at committee; and

WHEREAS, The Times Square Alliance noted the proximity to entry and egress from the Winter Garden Theater, which seats two audiences of 1,500 people a day; and

WHEREAS, The prospect of pick-ups by multiple operators at similar times was raised, to which DOT stressed to operators that they are encouraged to pick up and depart quickly to limit avoidable idling and congestion; and

WHEREAS, Community Board members expressed concern about DOT supervision of sidewalk crowding created by this Hop-On, Hop-Off sightseeing operation; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five continues to call on DOT to develop a comprehensive plan for street use in the district in conjunction with the city’s appointed Chief Public Realm Officer, including a comprehensive vision for overall placement and capacity of sightseeing buses; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five finds no significant objection to the proposed location for a sightseeing bus stop operated by Go New York Tours, Inc, dba Top View Sightseeing, on the west side of Seventh Avenue between West 50th and West 51st streets.

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