Slopers reject cellphone tower

Residents of this Eighth Avenue building voted against allowing the owners to install cellular phone equipment on the roof.
The Brooklyn Paper / Allyse Pulliam

Residents of a Park Slope co-op who fought for years to keep cellular phone transmitters off the roof of their Eighth Avenue building are finally off the hook.

Cell provider T-Mobile dropped a lawsuit on Nov. 10 against residents of 130 Eighth Ave., who had given permission for the phone company to install the transmitters in 2004, but later backed out.

The equipment ended up near the corner of Seventh Avenue and President Street — but the discontinued lawsuit marks the end of a lengthy and tumultuous legal battle between residents of the eight-story co-op, who feared that the antennae could cause long-term health effects, and the cellular company that insisted that the antennas are harmless.

But residents of the building, which is between Carroll Street and Montgomery Place, say the fight isn’t over yet.

“I’d like to see them blocked in residential neighborhoods where there is a dense population,” said co-op resident Leonore Gordon, who founded the Coalition to Regulate Antenna Siting. “My goal is to find a way to have a minimum of them put up.”

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