Thursday, May 30, 2024

Block Association asking for removal of the 32-foot tall 5G tower at 129 Avenue C

Photo from April 27

The Avenue C Block Association is urging the city to remove the 32-foot tall 5G tower that arrived in late April at 129 Avenue C between Eighth Street and Ninth Street. 

According to the group's recently launched petition
This tower is unnecessarily large and obtrusive and presents a jarring contrast with the low-rise tenement streetscape of the neighborhood. Avenue C has a narrow sidewalk, which is already crowded with pedestrian traffic, strollers, wheelchairs, trash cans, and numerous sidewalk cafes. The tower was installed only twelve feet away from the residential apartment building directly behind it, and negatively impacts the view of the street, and the historic urban landscape of the East Village. There has to be a better way to deliver technology in Manhattan that is less brutal in design. 
The group also points out the "potential adverse or long-term health effects of living or working in close proximity to these towers." 

Find the petition to city officials here

As amNY reported in 2022: 
The new structures are operated as a public-private partnership by consortium CityBridge, and are a revamp of the old 10-foot kiosks the firm set up under former Mayor Bill de Blasio starting in 2015 with free Wi-Fi, USB charging ports, a tablet, a 911 button, and calling capabilities. 
The first 32-foot tower arrived in the East Village in August 2022 on Second Avenue at First Street ... then another on Avenue A at 12th Street. One was in the works for outside 184 E. Seventh St. at Avenue B, though there has been opposition to this one. 

There has been political opposition to the 5G towers... read more about the advocacy that Village Preservation is doing here.

12 comments:

NOTORIOUS said...

The 5G towers are rather Blade Runner-esque but if people want them redesigned or removed, focus on the possible health concerns and not aesthetics as the second is a matter of opinion.

noble neolani said...

I wonder how many of our elected officials are getting paid by these tower companies? City of corruption.

Scuba Diva said...

@NOTORIOUS, in a city full of eyesores, I'm only concerned with the possible health implications—and this is right around the corner from me.

yetanothercommenter said...

Is there any evidence of "potential adverse or long-term health effects of living or working in close proximity to these towers"?

VH McKenzie said...

While we're at it, bring back the "Bishop's Crook" streetlamps for the entire neighborhood.

Scuba Diva said...

VH McKenzie said: "While we're at it, bring back the "Bishop's Crook" streetlamps for the entire neighborhood."

That's a nice thought.

Xeo said...

If you want credibility, don't spout 5G conspiracy theories. I understand not wanting a giant tower in front of your window - but 5G conspiracy theories are quack and deserve no attention or consideration.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone actually connect to these for wifi? Im still confused how it went from those kiosks with displays to these horrible towers

Ade said...

They are the same people who have no issue sitting on their cellphone all day spreading those conspiracy theories 🤦‍♂️

Brian Van said...

They are mad that the towers are ugly. Anything other than that is a distraction or a lie.

Mobile towers are going to be tall. You can't live in Manhattan and complain about things that are tall. You can point out anything else wrong with these things but you can't claim you have a legal right to distance yourself from fake 5G threats you saw on the Internet or claim that you have a legal right to not be around tall things.

none_to_remain said...

@6:12 These are primarily about 5G cell service, so if you have a relatively recent phone you probably use it

Felton Davis said...

At a recent program at the Hayden Planetarium, director Brian Abbot explained to us that about every day in our galaxy, a star no different than our Sun flames out somewhere, and vaporizes all the planets near it, extinguishing all life on those planets forever. As far as the universe is concerned, extinction is no big deal. But as we watched the clouds obscure sunspot #3697, people used their cellphones to get a shot of this enormous cluster, now on its second visible run, and not too many folks remained to hear my lecture about the measurable health effects of electromagnetic radiation.
https://www.youtube.com/shorts/3zC_jcrQv44