The nine-foot, six-inch high Wi-Fi terminals, with large illuminated digital ads on both sides, were blasted by members of the New York Landmarks Preservation Committee May 4.

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5-ft., 3-inch person shows size of Wi-Fi terminal,
which is 9 feet 6 inches high.

The size and existence of the terminals, 10,000 of which are planned for the city, is “all based on advertising, not providing Wi-Fi, said Sean Khorsandi of Landmark West.

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“It’s a case of the tail wagging the dog,” he told the hearing which was covered by New York Yimby. He said Wi-Fi could be made part of lampposts or church steeples if that were the real motive for the terminals. A major participant in the terminals is Titan Outdoor Advertising, reputedly the world’s largest billboard company. Annual ad revenues of $500 million could be generated by terminals, the city has said.

They have been compared to the monoliths depicted in “2001: A Space Odyssey” which were wireless transmitters of an advanced civilization. Astronauts who approached them experienced a loud screeching noise that caused them to grasp their heads in pain and stumble away.

Using our Acoustimeter, we measured the radiation coming from a Wi-Fi terminal at 87th st. and Third ave. May 7 and found it was in the danger zone of the meter up to 20 feet away. Anyone who is hypersensitive to electro-magnetic radiation could not go near one of those terminals. During a half hour spent watching the terminals, we saw no one attempt to use one.

Google Plans Terminals for Other Cities

Google, according to Metering and Smart Energy International, plans to spread such Wi-Fi terminals throughout the U.S.

It says Sidewalk Labs, which operates the Wi-Fi terminals in New York, is “a division run under Google’s parent company, Alphabet.”

“Google has plans underway to create its own high-tech municipalities and aims to transform economically struggling cities into examples of smart cities of the future,” the site says.

Sections of the site are “Smart Meters, Smart Grid, Smart Energy and Smart Water.”

The word “smart” is a hot-button word with EMF health advocates since it means wireless utility monitors. Installation of such monitors is being fought in numerous cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Columbus, Ohio, is a finalist in the “Smart Cities” competition being run by Google which will award $40 million to the city that wants to “fully integrate innovative technologies—self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors—into their transportation network.”

Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs, expressed his enthusiasm to build a “smart” city at a speech Feb. 10 at New York University, Metering and Smart Energy noted.

Smaller Terminals Available

Jennifer Hensley

The hearing was told that there is a model of a terminal without digital advertising that is smaller. It is the same nine-foot height as the terminal with ads but is only about a foot wide since it lacks space for ad panels. Jennifer Hensley, representing CityBridge, one of the 11 entities involved in the construction and operation of the terminals, was present at the hearing. A further description of the smaller terminals is being sought from Hensley and Stacey Levine of Intersection, another of the entities involved. They have yet to respond to any press queries.

Kelly Carroll of the Historic Districts Council asked why the terminals “have to be so large?” She complained about “the dominating presence of these very large fixtures.”

Judy Stanton of the Brooklyn Heights Assn. was “very concerned” about the terminals and wanted them “banned from purely residential streets.”

Elizabeth Fagen of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts said the terminals are “much larger and more intrusive than payphones. Each one distracts from the streetscape.”

EMF health advocates said they regretted that the hearing did not address the dangers of the Wi-Fi radiation to passers by, especially those who are hype-sensitive to such radiation.

A comment on the Yimby site asked why the new terminals could not be the size of mailboxes.

New York Libraries Queried on EMF

Managers of two East Side libraries have been contacted to see if the libraries will offer Acoustimeters to patrons so they can measure the electro-magnetic radiation in their homes and apartments.

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Ad giant Titan is a key player in the Wi-Fi terminals.
Previous ad space was much smaller.

The program of the Ashland, Mass., library that does thatis described by Cecelia Doucette in a 23-minute YouTube Video. The link also names other devices for measuring radiation. An Acoustimeter is $353. Jeromy Johnson has links to a “package” of such devices for $703.

Ashland has been a pioneer in the campaign to educate the public about the dangers of radiation from computers, cellphones, Wi-Fi routers, wireless utility meters, cell towers, printers, cordless phones and other sources, hosting six lectures at the library on the subject.

We have sent the email below to John Bhagwandin, manager of the E. 79th st. library; Gregory Huchko, manager of the E. 58th st. library; the board of the Westhampton library, and directors of libraries in Southampton, Hampton Bays and Quogue. The Westhampton library board meets Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Citizens are voting on the new budget May 17.

We are asking them if they will follow the lead of the Ashland library and make Acoustimeters or other radiation-measuring instruments available to their users.

Hello Library Director:

This is reporter Jack O’Dwyer who is writing about the numerous electro-magnetic radiation sources that impact New Yorkers.

There is a large body of knowledge that much of the radiation, and especially the new “pulsed” kind, is damaging to the body and brain and even fatal although it may take several years for disease to appear. Especially vulnerable are children, babies and fetuses.

Below are links to some of our stories. Our website,, has more than 200 on this subject, all in the area that is free to the public. A recent story listed 300 notable people who have died of brain cancer in recent years, many in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The deaths started coming about ten years after cellphone came into heavy use.

The media have almost completely ignored this story. Health advocates say media don’t want to offend telecom, computer, cellphone and other advertisers by making people be afraid of their cellphones, computers and the thousands of cell towers and antennas that are in any large city.

Will the Libraries Stock Meters?

We want to know if the library will consider buying an Acoustimeter or similar radiation-measuring device that patrons can borrow for a day or two to measure the radiation in their apts. and homes.

The Ashland, Mass., public library has done this and local citizen Cecelia Doucette has done a 23-minute video on how to measure the radiation in a home. The Ashland library has also hosted six nights of discussion of the dangers of radiation.

She found six sources of dangerous radiation and was able to mitigate most of them—computer, cellphone, cordless phone, microwave oven, router and printer.

The dangers of radiation to children was discussed by a panel of medical doctors and Ph.D.’s May 4.

Another printout is the 13-page discussion of the dangers of radiation, the inept media and FCC, and precautions that everyone should take put together by Camilla Rees. It is the best overview of this situation.


Jack O’Dwyer