Saturday, March 24, 2007

Cell towers: friends or foes?

Verizon officials said recent installation locations in Queens include: Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Beach Blvd. in the Rockaways; Willets Point Blvd. near the Cross Island Parkway and Francis Lewis Blvd. in Whitestone; Woodhaven Blvd. and Myrtle Ave. in Woodhaven and inside Grover Cleveland Park on Cypress Ave., between Forest and DeKalb Aves. in Ridgewood.

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Woodhaven) has introduced legislation that would require cell phone companies to alert residents within the vicinity of any proposed tower.

Verizon towers dialing up anxiety

The anxiety over cell phone towers is not new, as this article written 3 years ago by a concerned Astoria resident proves:

The Epidemic Spreads: Cellular Base Station Antennas

A Catholic church in Flushing is trying to force a cellular company to remove the cell phone towers it allowed them to install on their school building after an outcry by the parents of schoolchildren:

St. Mel’s Sues T-Mobile To Take Down Antennas

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Anonymous said...

I've always wondered about those things. We can't be shooting waves through the air and not have an effect on our health.

Anonymous said...

I remember a certain councilman making noises about this, hell hundreds showed up for a meeting (in a community legendary for its apathy.)

Umm, I said, this is strange.

Then we found that the city wanted to 'control' these towers (not by banning them you silly boy) but by 'licensing' them.

Now we get it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I know the district you are talking about. A certain young rising star did get a lot of press coverage creating in the public's mind that he was fighting for them.

Was a single tower removed? Or is it the sound and fury of 'progress' all that really counts?

Anonymous said...

The really funny thing is that city owned public housing in his district also has the cell towers.

Not a single reporter asked him about that?

ha ha ha ha

Anonymous said...

The church refered to was St. Mel's Roman Catholic Church on 154th Street in Flushing.

Parents wanted the cell towers removed because their children attended the school right below those towers!

These towers emit microwaves which penetrate through walls and can be considered carcenogenic!