NEW YORK.—A curious futuristic-looking tower appeared a few days ago at the corner of Putman and Bedford Avenues in the Brooklyn neighborhood: A gray pillar 10 m high is topped by a perforated cylinder that rises over the third floor of the adjacent buildings.
Marion Little, 60, owner of Stripper Stain & Supply hardware store, says neither she nor the neighbors received any notice: One day the team came and they put up the tower.
“It shocked us because we didn’t know what that was,” Little says, adding that ever since the strange gray tower appeared, everyone has come to the shop to ask questions. “They send me emails, messages on Facebook, they call me during the weekend, thinking I know something, but I don’t know.”
the object in question is a New G5 Antenna Tower Company of LinkNYCThe latest piece of infrastructure in New York’s profound technological shift.
New York City has a deal with Citibridge, the team behind it LinkNYCto set up 2,000 G5 towers in the next few years, an effort that seeks to eliminate pockets of the city without internet coverage. 90% of these towers will be allocated to downtown areas without coverage: neighborhoods in the districts of Bourne, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and north of 96th Street in Manhattan.
When they are put into operation, Neighbors will have free access to high-speed Wi-Fi, digital calls and 5G service. Many of those places still have public telephones.
According to officials from the city’s Office of Technology and Innovation, 40% of New York households don’t have a home and mobile broadband combo, including 18% — more than 1.5 million people — who lack both.
5G towers, as well as underground fiber cables, are part of the infrastructure that carriers like AT&T and Verizon will be able to use to better serve their customers. Most of the towers are not yet operational.
However, as is usually the case every time something new appears in the urban landscape of the city, New Yorkers are shocked by such large structures, with some expressing unfounded fears about 5G technology, They are concerned about the size of the towers and the ruined view from the third-floor windows. Ironmonger also questions the practicality of placing Little Tower on its corner, where the B26 bus stop is: “Buses ply here. I wouldn’t be surprised if they calculate wrong and wear the column”.
Another tower appeared at the corner of Vanderbilt and Myrtle Avenues in Fort Greene, also next to the bus stop: B69. The tower faces a three-storey residential building with a liquor store on the ground floor.
Mark Maleki, 26, who moved from Richmond, Virginia, to New York in mid-October, has a close-up view of the tower built from the window of his third-floor bedroom. “I didn’t understand what it was”Dice.
But the Gray Towers aren’t the only 5G antennas being built in New York. Others are also installed directly in existing urban infrastructure, such as traffic lights and public lighthouses.
Chelsea Formica lives with her husband Joe and their young son in a six-story brick building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In late September, as he was on his way to visit his mother in New Jersey, he received a call from Joe: “You don’t know what they did to us in front of the window! I lay here on the couch, and it’s huge!” When Chelsea returned home, she understood that her husband was not exaggerating …
According to company data, the ExteNet company’s crew had installed a cylindrical object the size of a human: a 5G antenna 1.60 by half a meter wide, with a box 1 meter high, 16 inches wide and 14 inches deep. , about the size of a filing cabinet or nightstand.
The heavy frame stands three storeys tall on top of a slender column, directly across from the window of the living room of the Formicus. And also one step away from your 5 month old baby’s room. And it makes them uneasy…
“People say it’s safe, the Federal Communications Commission says it’s safe and blah blah blah,” Chelsea says. “But we’re concerned that it’s too close to our son’s bedroom.”
Alex Wiiglinsky, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Says neighbors should not worry and highlights that 5G is a non-ionizing radiationLocated on the opposite end of the spectrum from ionizing rays harmful to humans such as UV and X-rays.
Formica and its next-door neighbor, Virginie Glanzer, whose view from the window was also dominated by the presence of an antenna, went across the street with a tape measure and found that the newly installed pole was less than 3 meters from the building, according to a company ExteNet and City of New York generally requires a community notification process.
Glenzer and Formica contacted local council members and urged travelers to neighbors to do the same: They want the antenna removed, or at least across the street, next to the asphalt green stadium, and not next to a residential building.
Julie Menin, the New York City councilwoman who represents Formica, Glenzer and the rest of District 5, says on behalf of the neighbors To ensure antennas comply with federal regulations, the city has been asked to employ third parties to conduct radiation emissions testingAnd the city’s Office of Technology and Innovation has pledged to do so.
The city has also asked Xtenet to move the antenna, but the company has no plans to do so. Chelsea says she won’t feel comfortable being next to an antenna when it comes online. He doesn’t know if he will ever move on, but he will consider all his options. “I think I’ll get a lawyer.”
by Dodai Stewart
Jaime Arrambide. translation by
new York Times