One of many metropolis’s most outstanding liberal politicians is saying “Not In My Yard” after the town proposed a 32-foot excessive cellphone tower within the Higher East Facet.
Rep. Jerry Nadler — who has demanded that metropolis officers shut Rikers Island — co-signed a letter despatched to the town Landmarks Preservation Fee objecting to a dozen cellphone towers going up in historic districts alongside posh Park Avenue, Carnegie Hill and UES historic districts.
The letter was co-signed by Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, state Sen. Liz Krueger, Meeting members Alex Bores and Rebecca Seawright and Council members Keith Powers and Julie Menin.
The Higher East Facet just isn’t the one neighborhood impacted. Mayor Eric Adams’ administration — by way of the Workplace of Know-how & Innovation — is overseeing the set up of two,000 Link5G road towers throughout the town to bolster service — together with 18 in Neighborhood Board 8 on the UES, together with 12 in landmarked districts.
“Right this moment, I joined with my fellow East facet elected officers elevating considerations concerning the placement of those 5G cell towers in our historic neighborhoods with out cautious consideration of its impact on the neighborhood,” Nadler mentioned in a press release on Twitter.
Rep. Jerry Nadler opposes 32-foot cellphone towers being put in on the Higher East Facet. Stefan Jeremiah for NY Put up
The 32-foot 5G, cellphone tower that’s being put in throughout the town and opposed by Higher East Facet residents and politicians. Samuel Rigelhaupt/Sipa USA
“Whereas the challenge goals to develop the town’s 5G infrastructure, the proposed 32-foot towers don’t mix with the prevailing of the Higher East Facet, and have generated widespread concern all through the neighborhood,” the letter mentioned.
“We’re involved about transferring ahead with a challenge that can have a everlasting presence with out laborious knowledge to verify the precise want for these towers,” the pols mentioned.
Nadler represents Manhattan’s Higher East Facet in addition to the West Facet for the primary time following congressional redistricting final yr and after he defeated ex-Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a Democratic major.
Mayor Eric Adams mentioned the set up of 32-foot cellphone towers is important to bolster broadband service throughout the town.Stephen Yang
The liberal NIMBY marketing campaign to ban cellphone towers raised eyebrows and cries of hypocrisy from different political activists involved about crime and extra critical high quality of life points.
“Cellphone towers are objectionable however a jail in Chinatown is Okay?,” mentioned Yiatiin Chu, founder and president of the Asian Wave Alliance.
One of many neighborhood jails would open in Chinatown if the Rikers Island jail complicated is closed, as deliberate.
Political guide Hank Sheinkopf, who resides within the Higher West facet portion of Nadler’s district, referred to as his opposition to cellphone towers “hypocritical and ridiculous.”
“We’ve individuals defecating and urinating on the street. We’ve elevated crime,” Sheinkopf mentioned.
“That is the very best Nadler can do? Opposing cellphone towers which are going up throughout the town. Solely poor neighborhoods are purported to get cellphone towers? What’s unsuitable with this man?”
A cellphone tower was put in in entrance of Knicks basketball nice John Stark’s Kia dealership.Steve Vago
The liberal opposition is harking back to when the Kennedy household opposed — and helped defeat — a deliberate electricity-generating off shore windfarm close to their summer time compound in Cape Cod.
Adams, when saying the Link5G program final July mentioned “accessible broadband and cellphone service isn’t a luxurious — it’s a necessity.”
“Relating to digital companies, we all know that too many New Yorkers have been left behind,” he mentioned.. “Our administration is dedicated to altering that and making certain that each one of our metropolis’s residents have entry to tech companies, regardless of the place they dwell.”
UES politicians and residents aren’t the one ones squawking concerning the 5G towers.
Former Knicks basketball star John Starks objected when the town had one of many 32-foot 5G towers put in smack in entrance of his Kia automotive dealership in Queens.