Despite Promises, Cell Units Erected
In May of 2008, there were a series of controversies over erecting towers to facilitate both cell phones and telecommunications devices for first responders. A plan to place a tower at the West End Temple was withdrawn over community protest. There were demonstrations against the city plan to place cell units on light poles. At the time, the city agency, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, (DoITT) said that it would come back to the community before placing any more cell units. This week, however, two DoITT units sprung up on light poles in Belle Harbor and Neponsit. The city says that the towers will facilitate the transfer of information from NYPD and FDNY field units to headquarters and are necessary to city operations. Pictured, the cell tower at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 135 Street. The unit consists of a solar collector for power, a transponder unit and an antenna. Photos by Jim McGrory.