$336,000 in Security Cameras Roll Out to Cover Hard-to-Patrol Parks, Transit Hubs and Quality of Life Hot Spots on the Upper East Side
Public/Private Delivers Security Cameras Through Partnership Between
Council Member Ben Kallos, Rockefeller University and Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, NY – The Upper East Side already known as a safe place to raise a family, is about to get safer with $336,000 in security cameras for hard-to- patrol parks, transit hubs and quality of life hotspots funded by Council Member Ben Kallos following positive vote by hundreds of residents in Participatory Budgeting. The security cameras were placed in consultation with community organizations and local commanding officers to provide a live feed to the NYPD and its local precincts.
Security cameras will target hard-to-patrol parks including Andrew Haswell Green and the East River Esplanade in a public/private partnership with Rockefeller University and Hospital for Special Surgery, the 86th Street subway hub for the Q and 4/5/6 subways as well as 75th Street and First Avenue, a hotspot for quality of life violations. The new access makes it possible for the Police Department to monitor the isolated areas in real-time, 24 hours a day.
Location of new NYPD security cameras:
Hard-to-Patrol Parks - $160,000
- 64th Street and FDR Drive to cover pedestrian bridge and Andrew Haswell Green - $35,000
- FDR Drive at 65th Street and 68th Street to cover East River Esplanade - $90,000
- 70th Street to cover the East River Esplanade - $35,000
Transit Hub - $141,000
- 83rd Street and 2nd Avenue to cover Q subway station
- 86th Street at 2nd Avenue to cover Q subway station
- 86th Street at 3rd Avenue to cover 4/5/6 and Q subway stations
- 86th Street and Lexington Avenue to cover 4/5/6 station
Quality of Life Hotspots - $35,000
- 75th Street and 1st Avenue to cover local quality of life hotspot
Hard-to-patrol parks will receive security cameras including Andrew Haswell Green at 60th Street and the isolated East River Esplanade that stretches from 63rd to 70th Street between pedestrian bridges. As part of the Rockefeller University expansion planning process, concerns were raised around perceived isolation due to new sound barriers secured by Council Member Kallos, Green Park Gardeners have raised concerns at Council Member Kallos’ Annual Town Hall relating to quality of life violations at the Andrew Haswell Green dog run, and institutions along the Esplanade shared concern around existing homeless populations as well as incidents experienced by employees and family members that use the parks.
In response, Rockefeller University worked with Council Member Kallos and the NYPD to include two new security cameras built into their new Stavros Niarchos Foundation-David Rockefeller River Campusbuilding and campus perimeter from 64th to 68th Street overlooking the East River Esplanade north and south. A fiber optic connection was funded between Rockefeller University and the NYPD by Council Member Kallos at $90,000. In addition, access was granted for the NYPD to place a security camera on the roof of the Rockefeller Research Building faculty house at 64th Street facing south to cover their pedestrian bridge and Andrew Haswell Green Park, as well as on Hospital for Special Surgery’s third floor mechanical roof to cover the 70th street pedestrian bridge and points north with $70,000 in funding from Council Member Kallos.
In 2017 the 86th Street transit hub saw 22 million riders, making it one of the ten busiest in the system. Security cameras will cover the 86th Street entrances to the 4/5/6 and Q stations at Lexington Avenue and Second Avenue, as well as at 83rd Street at Second Avenue at a cost of $141,000.
Quality of Life Hotspots
Following quality of life complaints including “drunken singing” by homeless, a security camera will be installed at 75th Street and First Avenue on the southwest corner.
“Security camera feeding live to our local police precincts will enable our NYPD officers to keep a watchful eye over the busiest and most isolated parts of the Upper East Side, to improve quality of life and keep residents safe,” said Council Member Ben Kallos who provided $336,000 in funding for the Security Cameras. “With hundreds of residents voting in this year in Participatory Budgeting for security cameras, and with nobody voicing opposition, the voters have spoken clearly." Thank you to the NYPD Intelligence Division, the 19th Precinct, and to my public/private partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery and Rockefeller University for being upstanding members of the community.”
“Council Member Kallos asked me what could the office do to help us out serve the community better, so I discussed with him cameras, Argus cameras in parts of the neighborhood that don't have any cameras available, and I'll tell you he came through. Sometimes we ask for stuff and we don't get it I am happy to say these cameras are coming and in the location, we needed them they will help act as a deterrent and will help solve investigations,” said NYPD 19th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Kathleen Walsh.
“The new cameras along our five-block section of the Esplanade are in addition to the existing cameras that are already active along our perimeter to help ensure the security of our campus and our immediate neighborhood,” said Rockefeller University Director of Security James K. Rogers. “Although crimes are rare when they do occur we work closely with the 19th Precinct to investigate them; our cameras are an essential tool to assist them with this work
In August of 2018 Council Member Kallos joined the NYPD 17th Precinct and Council Member Keith Powers to announce nearly a quarter-million-dollar investment in security cameras. That allocation was made at the behest of Sutton area residents and Community Board 6, which requested the cameras to make the small pocket parks easier to patrol for the NYPD.
“As a long-time advocate for a fully realized East River Esplanade, I was delighted to learn that one of the community’s ongoing concerns was being addressed. The installation of New York Police Department Security Cameras at the site of the newly landscaped Rockefeller University portion of the Esplanade, with funds provided by Council Member Ben Kallos, will be enthusiastically welcomed by the many thousands of our neighbors who are once again making the East River Esplanade a destination recreation location.,” said Judith Schneider, founder of the East Sixties Neighborhood Association.
“Esplanade Friends has been advocating for improved security and lighting for years, we would like to thank Council Member Kallos for his efforts and are thrilled that steps are finally being taken in the right direction. As the Esplanade begins to come back to life, these safety and security improvements are an important part of the overall restoration effort; security cameras will go a long way to let community members know that the East River Esplanade is safe and open for business!",” said Chris O'Brien,Executive Director at Friends of the East River Esplanade.
“Next site for the indispensable cameras: The Aycock Pavilion and the Green Park Garden!” said Sarah Gallagher, founder of the Upper Green Side.
“Thank you to Council Member Kallos and to the 19th precinct, we are often out here gardening early morning or later at night when there aren't many people around, we have had some issues with people in the gardens over the summer and we are hoping the cameras will really help us in our work,” said Jill Bauer of the Green Park Gardeners.
"We are thrilled that Ben Kallos' office has secured much needed and state of the art security cameras for the East 86th Street corridor and subway entrances. We have long advocated for additional surveillance on East 86th Street and the surrounding area. All too often the convenience of our subways make for an easy getaway for criminals. These cameras will increase the odds of catching the bad guys and also serve as a deterrent to crime, “said Andrew Fine, Board Member at the East 86th Street Neighborhood Association.