5G Update: Construction Halted in West Village

Work begun to prepare sites for 5G tower installation in the West Village (courtesy of Greenwich Village Community Task Force).

We were recently alerted to work being done to install two LinkNYC 5G towers, one at Horatio and Washington Streets, and the other at the corner of West 12th and Washington Streets. This is a troubling development, as the City spoke at Community Board 2 barely two weeks ago about extending the comment period for these tower installations, assuring the public that many of these sites were simply “proposed” and not confirmed, and saying that the comment period had been extended for further public feedback and was ongoing. They also promised no LinkNYC 5G towers would be placed parallel to, diagonal to, or across the street from landmarks, and those in historic districts would require the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which would have to hold public hearings on such proposals. These installations violated those promises.

We immediately reached out to Councilmember Erik Bottcher and Borough President Mark Levine. We are grateful for Councilmember Bottcher’s swift response, asking the city to cease the installation, and conveying that they believe it has been halted, for now. Thanks also to our friends at the Greenwich Village Community Task Force for alerting us to the work.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and push back against the City’s disorganized and damaging plan to install these oversized towers in inappropriate and unnecessary locations.


February 3, 2023