Nosy Neighbor: What are they?

F. wrote: “I’ve noticed some sort of data gathering machines in Tribeca and Battery Park City — look at corner of West and Chambers near where The Palm used to be or on the other side of West at Chambers. You’ll see a box and a tall pole with what looks like a funnel at the top (an electric eye or an air quality intake?). Any idea what it is?”

I didn’t, but Nick Sbordone at the Battery Park City Authority did! “This is to capture traffic counts for the Environmental Impact Statement for the North/West Battery Park City Resiliency Project. Work should be complete and the cameras removed by the end of the month.”

(And while we are on the topic — there’s another community meeting for the project on June 26, starting at 4p and running till 8:30. Register here. Location is Stuy cafeteria.)

The cameras are conducting counts for both cars and pedestrians, as required by the New York City Department of Transportation. All of this is leading to the reconstruction of Rockefeller Park as well as flood protection measures that reach across the West Side Highway and Hudson River Park as well as into Tribeca streets.

Here are some recent Nosy Neighbors: