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.


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.

Full article: What Are These Towers? (TruNews)

One response to “What Are These Towers?

  1. There are nine bridges and tunnels that MTA controls. Eighteen towers. Two for each location. Electronic tolls coming in, toll takers going out. I would venture a guess that it has something to do with cross referencing or confirming license plates for payment somehow. Maybe photographing license plates.
    In the 1990s, before EZ Pass caught on, I worked a case where criminals were running up and down the I-95 corridor and it was a difficult case. The FBI stepped in, and we learned from them that toll collection points recorded the EZ Pass number, the vehicle, the time, the location, and suddenly the whole case came together and it led to having EZ Pass reading devices covertly placed on lamp posts, traffic lights and such, where information was obtained of every vehicle that passed and recorded. Then the footwork started, combing through the data and investigating. An interstate narcotics ring was crushed. Stolen guns taken off the streets. Secondary arrests of minor drug dealers. Narcotics customers busted.
    Those new towers that everyone fears, probably is related to toll payment and knowing how law enforcement and other government agencies avail themselves to data, it could, most likely, help the common person. Those having fears, continue to have those fears, as most likely the fears will be unfounded. Conspiracy? No. Common sense? Yes.