Slopers reject cellphone tower

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Residents of a Park Slope co-op who fought for years to keep cellular phone transmitters off the roof of their Eighth Avenue building are finally off the hook.

Cell provider T-Mobile dropped a lawsuit on Nov. 10 against residents of 130 Eighth Ave., who had given permission for the phone company to install the transmitters in 2004, but later backed out.

The equipment ended up near the corner of Seventh Avenue and President Street — but the discontinued lawsuit marks the end of a lengthy and tumultuous legal battle between residents of the eight-story co-op, who feared that the antennae could cause long-term health effects, and the cellular company that insisted that the antennas are harmless.

But residents of the building, which is between Carroll Street and Montgomery Place, say the fight isn’t over yet.

“I’d like to see them blocked in residential neighborhoods where there is a dense population,” said co-op resident Leonore Gordon, who founded the Coalition to Regulate Antenna Siting. “My goal is to find a way to have a minimum of them put up.”

Updated 5:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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David from Park Slope says:
So incredibly dumb. So this Coop ends up getting the cell tower moved a block away - resulting in essentially the same amount of radio waves 'hitting' them (maybe even more since now they are in front of the antenna as opposed to under it) AND they end up with ZERO $.

There is also irony in that a neighborhood with probably 110% cell phone saturation - not to mention untold amounts of Wi-Fi, cordless phones, and bluetooth is working to stop radio antennas - Hey geniuses if your cause results in less antenna, it will result in more powerful ones in fewer spots - thereby shifting a worse problem (if it is a problem) to others.

Get a life!
Dec. 4, 2008, 11:08 am
Peter from Park Slope says:
I live at 439 9th st. over Smiling Pizza and the hammering and thumping began a few weeks ago. I was silly not to inquire more in depth.

The horrendous shaking of the building, noise and banging got to me finally and I went up to the roof. A huge structure has been constructed. It is a Metro PCS Tower a foreman reluctantly told me. In fact he suggested I speak to my landlord. He didn't want to give me more information.

I am waking up to the fact that this is possibly a threat to my health, as well as others around the tower. When ever anyone walks on the rooftop as it is the building shakes. Does it need more stress on it? Is the subway not enough?
1 cell phone is said to be possibly dangerous. What about a tower just feet over one's head?

I can't believe that this was not discussed before it happened. This will be investigated and I will start writing and calling people tomorrow.

If anyone wants to communicate, my email is I would appreciate hearing any experience you have with this.
Feb. 1, 2009, 2:07 am
biff from quince says:
no proper studies have been done. why should people be guinea pigs for these greedy mobile phone companies? ironically both germany and israel say both cell towers and base stations are a direct threat to long term health!
May 11, 2010, 10:24 pm

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