One of the city’s most prominent liberal politicians said “not in my backyard” after the city proposed building a 32-foot cell tower on the Upper East Side.
Rep. Jerry Nadler — who asked city officials to close Rikers Island — joint letter Sent to the City Landmarks Preservation Commission to object to the construction of a dozen cell phone towers in the historic districts along Luxury Park Avenue, Carnegie Hill, and the UES Historic District.
The letter was co-authored by Manhattan Borough President Mark Levin, State Senator Liz Kruger, Council Members Alex Borres and Rebecca Seawright, and Council Members Keith Bowles and Julie Mening. sign.
The Upper East Side isn’t the only neighborhood affected. Mayor Eric Adams’ administration — through the Office of Technology and Innovation — is overseeing the installation of 2,000 Link5G street towers across the city to enhance service — 18 of which are located in the UES Community Council8 and 12 The seat is located in an iconic area.
In a statement on Twitter, Nadler said: “Today, I joined my Eastside elected officials in expressing concerns about the placement of these 5G towers in our historic neighborhoods without careful consideration of its impact on the community.”
“While the project seeks to expand the city’s 5G infrastructure, the proposed 32-foot tower is out of proportion to existing buildings on the Upper East Side and has raised widespread concern throughout the community,” the letter said.
“We fear moving forward with a project that will be permanent, but there is no hard data to confirm actual demand for these towers,” the politicians said.
Nadler is representing Manhattan’s Upper East and West Sides for the first time since Congress last year redistricted and defeated a former representative. Carolyn Maloney in the Democratic primary.
The liberal NIMBY movement, which aims to ban cell phone towers, has drawn questions and calls of hypocrisy from other political activists concerned with crime and more serious quality-of-life issues.
“Cell phone towers are offensive, but is jail in Chinatown okay?” said Yiatin Chu, founder and chairman of the Asian Wave Alliance.
If the Rikers Island prison complex closes as planned, one of the community jails will open in Chinatown.
Hank Sheinkopf, a political consultant who lives on Nadler’s Upper West Side, called his opposition to cell towers “hypocritical and absurd.”
“We have people defecating in the streets. We have increased crime,” Sheinkopf said.
“This is the best Nadler can do? Opposing cell towers are going up all over the city. Only poor neighborhoods should have cell towers? What’s wrong with this guy?”
The liberal opposition is reminiscent of the Kennedy family’s opposition to — and help defeat — the offshore wind farm they planned near their Cape Cod summer home.
“Accessible broadband and phone service is not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” Adams said when he announced the Link5G plan last July.
“We know too many New Yorkers are being left behind when it comes to digital services,” he said. they live. ”
UES politicians and residents aren’t the only ones yelling at the 5G towers.
When New York City installed a 32-foot 5G tower in front of his Kia dealership in Queens, former Knicks basketball star John Starks objected.
Asked about criticism from Nadler and other Upper East Side lawmakers, a spokesman for New York City’s Office of Technology and Innovation said: “This administration believes that digital connectivity is a human right to fully participate in modern society and access necessary for the opportunity.
“As part of our city’s ongoing efforts to bridge the digital divide, Link5G ensures reliable, ultra-fast network speeds and expanded mobile coverage are delivered equitably across the five boroughs. We thank elected leaders and community members for sharing their valuable feedback comments and look forward to continuing to engage with them as we continue to set up these kiosks.”