Sometimes, mysterious things happen on the Upper West Side and no one sends out a memo about why. So we investigate.
The Con Edison space capsule in the median on 79th street and Broadway is now covered in a gray tarp with caution tape wrapped around it, and a sign saying “Please Pardon Our Appearance. Installation in Progress.” We contacted the press people for the organizers, but it was news to them and they haven’t responded to our questions. The artist also hasn’t responded to our query. So, mystery unsolved.
It’s been like this for
several days, maybe even a week several weeks. Could it be a political statement about how Con Ed projects never seem to be complete?
This strange device showed up at 109th street and Broadway, and Adam Fields asked us what exactly was going on. The Department of Transportation initially responded: “That is a camera that DOT is using to collect data as part of a project. It will be removed by next week,” which frankly didn’t tell us much.
Nothing to see here, just a “data-collecting” camera device looking vaguely like a gun or a probe!
After some more prodding they said “Data = traffic counts to study signal priority for buses on M60 SBS route, plus improvements to signals for all traffic.” Much less exciting/terrifying than a probe.
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In the meantime, check out our last mystery story about a backyard chicken and a drone.