What Are These Towers?

Mysterious towers began popping up at the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel—also known as the Brooklyn-Battery Tower—in New York City during its $100 million renovation project this year.

September 28, 2017

The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, known colloquially as the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, in New York City has been undergoing a $100 million facelift over the past few months, but several new additions have citizens wondering if there’s something else going on.

WCBS-TV, the local CBS network affiliate, has been investigating, but has come up with more questions than answers. In a new report, the station discovered:

It’s a $100 million MTA project shrouded in secrecy, with 18 of them for tunnels and bridges. So what are they exactly? The MTA’s man in charge of the bridges and tunnels, Cedrick Fulton, dodged [reporter Dave] Carlin’s questions Wednesday …

Some MTA board members, including New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, say they know too little about the towers—even with half the money already spent and some of the towers already up …

CBS2 demanded answers from MTA Chairman Joe Lhota [who said]: “The base of these new pieces that are going up include whatever fiber optics are necessary for those Homeland Security items.”

In other words, anti-terror technology. Could that one day include facial recognition? We don’t know and Lhota won’t say.

In a follow-up to the report, WCBS reported that “all necessary Homeland Security technology remains in place at all crossings, even the ones that don’t have the new towers yet.” The images shown in the report, however, do not appear to show any kind of radiological detection equipment of facial-recognition equipment currently on the market.

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