“Once I started noticing those Verizon carts, I realized they’re all over. What’s up with them?” —Erik
OK, fine, I’m asking myself this. I don’t have much choice if you won’t ask questions, and anyway, I have been curious about the things.
Here’s what John Bonomo, Verizon’s director of media relations for the northeast had to say (he emailed from a daylong meeting, which explains the shorthand):
“These tool carts enable us to eliminate dispatching a truck and provide tools and materials for our technicians who are out on their daily jobs. Some quick hits…..
—These are an important part of our delivery of customer service in the city.
—They act as a a mobile HQ for our workers.
—If they need an emergency tool or supplies, these carts are a handy local, neighborhood convenience, rather than going back to a garage.
—We try to limit the number we have on the streets, only stationing them when and where necessary.
—We regularly review situations and locations to verify if they are still needed.”
All of which is easily inferred from the carts’ existence. (Well, it’s not obvious that the company reviews whether they’re necessary—most are pretty derelict, and I say that as someone who welcomes a touch of scuzz.) The real question is one for the city, I suppose, but I don’t have a clue whom to ask: How come Verizon is allowed to have these carts everywhere, and Con Edison and Time Warner Cable aren’t? (Not that I want them to!) It would seem to me that the carts are a security risk—we’re supposed to call the police if a piece of luggage is resting next to a garbage can, but a big metal cart can sit unattended on the sidewalk forever?
My partner likes how they add flavor to the streetscape, which make me wonder if I shouldn’t get over myself—and have Tribeca Citizen decals made so I can join the party.
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• Why are the windows above Ponte’s boarded up?
• Can we walk on the West Street medians?
• What’s going on in 157 Hudson?
• What’s the new painting at 153 Hudson?
• What’s up with 55 Warren/55 Murray?
• What is this P.C. Richard & Son Theater I keep hearing about?
• What’s the story behind the lights at 289 Church?
• What’s the Dream House at 275 Church?