Here are some of the most important resolutions…
Madison Square Conservancy, Event Application.
WHEREAS, Community Board Five has expressed on going concern with the size, scope and frequency of several commercial events conducted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy (“Conservancy”) over the past year; and
WHEREAS, In an effort to address these concerns the Conservancy has agreed with the Community Board Five Parks Committee to provide a comprehensive list of Conservancy sponsored events in the beginning of January of each year; and
WHEREAS, The Conservancy has submitted event plans with generally the same genre of events, same frequency and form as 2006, with one notable exception to be addressed below; and
WHEREAS, The Conservancy uses best efforts to work with the local community, Community Board and other concerned stake holder to address issues which arise during the programs presented throughout the year; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the 2007 Public Program Agenda submitted by the Conservancy with the following exceptions, caveats and requests:
- Specific plans for the Big Apple Barbeque and the US Open, events which have grown in size and scope over time, will be submitted well in advance to Community Board Five for approval on an individual and ongoing basis.
- A new event, Madison Square Studio, with two performances is not approved at this time because it is an additional commercial event with all of the associated pitfalls in a park where we believe there is an over-saturation of commercial activity. However, the Conservancy heard the concerns of the Parks Committee regarding this additional event and may return to the Board for approval during the year should they choose to address the concerns discussed.
- The Conservancy works closely with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to communicate any changes or additions to these events, or any other events which Parks conducts in the Madison Square Park, to Community Board Five on a timely basis so that the Board has the opportunity to comment on the changes or additions.
- The Conservancy continues to be mindful of Community Board Five’s concern with the over-commercialization of Madison Square Park and cooperate, to the extent possible, to support the Board’s efforts to balance park use between commercial and non-commercial use.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Operation of Specialty Pet Treat Carts in Central Park, Madison Square Park, Tompkins Square Park, Union Square Park and Washington Square Park
WHEREAS, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has issued an RFP for the Operation of Specialty Pet Treat Carts in Central Park, Madison Square Park, Tompkins Square Park, Union Square Park and Washington Square Park; and
WHEREAS, The parks identified in the RFP are already congested; and
WHEREAS, This will invite another commercial venture into our parks; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five is opposed to locating specialty pet treat carts in our parks; and be if further
RESOLVED, If the City decides to move forward with this RFP in spite of Community Board Five opposition, the Board requests the following:
- A limit of one cart per park, located adjacent to the dog run.
- Only pet treats may be sold.
- There is an effort to ensure pet treats will be affordable.
There will be aggressive enforcement of illegal vendors in the park.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 30 in favor, 4 opposed, 1 abstention.
Union Square Hospitality Group
WHEREAS, Union Square Hospitality Group has applied for:
- A special events permit for the use of Madison Square Park for a Big Apple Barbeque on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th ; and
- A Street Activity permit for Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th on Madison Avenue, between East 23rd and East 26th Streets, and
WHEREAS, The applicant remains aware of the continuing concerns of the residential community about noise, litter, property damage, and security as they relate to the use of Madison Square Park for large-scale special events; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five is aware of the problems caused by the unparalleled number of additional events of street activities in the Madison Square area and these problems multiply when major thoroughfare is closed; and
WHEREAS, The applicant’s event has far outgrown the Madison Square Park area’s capacity, therefore Community Board Five would like to see this event be directed to a more suitable and less often used location; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by Union Square Hospitality Group a Street Activity and Parks Special Event permit and urges the city to work with the applicant to find an alternative location for the applicant’s event.
Diversity Foundation, application for a street festival on Madison Avenue, between 23rd and 26th Streets on Sunday, September 16, 2007
WHEREAS, Diversity Foundation has submitted an application for a permit to hold an event on Madison Avenue, between 23rd and 26th Streets on Sunday, September 16, 2007; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five is oversaturated with street events and has major concerns about vehicular and pedestrian traffic when a major thoroughfare is closed; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five would like to see new applicants directed to more suitable and less used locations; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application Diversity Foundation for a street festival permit on Madison Avenue, between 23rd to 26th Streets on Sunday, September 16, 2007.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 26 in favor, 7 opposed, 2 abstentions.