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Don't Worry, New Cellphone Tower Near Prospect Park is Only Temporary

By Leslie Albrecht | February 24, 2017 8:35am
 Neighbors were worried when a cellphone tower appeared suddenly at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street, but it's just temporary and should be gone by Monday, said a spokeswoman for the Prospect Park Alliance.
Neighbors were worried when a cellphone tower appeared suddenly at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street, but it's just temporary and should be gone by Monday, said a spokeswoman for the Prospect Park Alliance.
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WINDSOR TERRACE — No need to freak out — the cellphone tower that appeared mysteriously this week on Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street is just temporary.

Locals were worried when they spotted the spire marring their view of the park, but it will most likely be gone by Monday, a spokeswoman for the Prospect Park Alliance said.

The tower is a signal booster that will be used during the New York Road Runners' Al Gordon 4-Mile Race, which kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, the Alliance spokeswoman said.

"The tower is on site to boost connectivity during the race this weekend, which is necessary for the NYRR registration operations," spokeswoman Lucy Gardner said.

In keeping with park rules, the race organizers got a permit for the tower. Requests to install the temporary towers are fairly common, Gardner said, but the obelisks are usually smaller. In this case, T-Mobile provided a "larger-than-average" tower for the race, Gardner said.

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