Community Alert: 3-story 5G towers coming to the UES?

Tonight at 6:30 pm the City’s Office of Technology and Innovation (NYC OTI) will present a plan to install 32-foot LinkNYC kiosks at 18 sites throughout the Upper East Side, including 13 in Historic Districts, at the Community Board 8 Transportation Committee’s virtual meeting on Zoom.

The proposal is part of a revamped strategy by the City to deploy LinkNYC kiosks with new 5G technology across the city, as detailed in a letter to community and elected officials HERE. The sites as proposed are focused in three main areas of the neighborhood – between Fifth and Park Avenues in the lower East 60s and in Carnegie Hill, and near York Avenues close to the hospital corridor.

CB8 Transportation Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 7th, 6:30 pm
Details and sign up form

Recent presentations to the Public Design Commission indicated that sites within Historic Districts would not feature digital advertising screens and that siting would need approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. However, the letter does not provide clarity on the choice of locations, details of each proposed installation, or process for approval. We are hoping those questions and more will be addressed by the NYC OTI presentation tonight.

Anyone interested in the specific location sites or the overall impact of this towering streetscape infrastructure is encouraged to attend and speak at the CB8 meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. You can sign up here to participate in the Zoom meeting, which will also livestream on YouTube where it will be recorded to view later.

As currently proposed, the sites planned for installation of LinkNYC kiosks are as follows. Those with an asterisk are in historic districts. See the City's map here.

East 60s Area
30 East 64th Street*
24 East 63rd Street*
570 Park Avenue*
807 Fifth Avenue*
688 Madison Avenue*

Carnegie Hill Area
27 East 95th Street*
1175 Park Avenue*
1115 Fifth Avenue
46 East 91st Street*
1095 Fifth Avenue*
1105 Park Avenue*
1190 Madison Avenue
1040 Park Avenue*
1050 Fifth Avenue*
1000 Fifth Avenue*

York Avenue Area
1283 York Avenue
510 East 71st Street
510 East 70th Street