From the Queens Gazette:
It was bound to happen. The proliferation of cellphone antennas has left less and less space on rooftops. As a result, one cellphone company was finally forced to ask for permission to install the antenna towers. And Community Board 1 said no.
At its April meeting, the board overwhelmingly voted down an application by MetroPCS New York to install a cellphone tower consisting of six antennas and five cabinets on the roof of a six story residential building in Woodside.
In less than a decade, cellphone towers have gone up unchecked within Community Board 1 because they are, for the most part, not subject to zoning. But the New York City Department of Buildings does limit cellular equipment to no more than 5 percent of the floor area or 400 square feet on a zoning lot, or as in this case, on the roof.
MetroPCS needs a variance because its request exceeds the allowed usage of 5 percent or 400 square feet at the building selected, 53-01 32nd Ave., where multiple cellphone companies already have antennas.
Wow, so the community board from hell actually voted the right way for a change. Too bad it won't do any good. Been there, done that, and the BSA will approve it anyway.