New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

New York Daily News New NYPD surveillance cameras to cover stretch of Upper East Side not easily reached by patrol cars by Rocco Parascandola

New NYPD surveillance cameras to cover stretch of Upper East Side not easily reached by patrol cars

The NYPD’s surveillance camera network is expanding along a stretch of the Upper East Side where residents have complained about quality of life issues.

Three of the eight new Argus cameras will provide coverage next to the FDR that is difficult for police to reach by patrol car, including Andrew Haswell Green Park, near E. 62nd St., and most of the East River Esplanade from E. 63rd St. to E. 70th St.

Rockefeller University, on York Ave., paid for two of the cameras, which are being installed at its new Stavros Niarchos Foundation-David Rockefeller River Campus building. The other camera will be put up at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

The remaining cameras will provide eyes outside four subway stations, one on E. 83rd St. and the others on E. 86th St., and a hotspot, E. 75th St. and 1st Ave., where homeless people tend to congregate and have been accused of various quality of life infractions.

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The design plan for Andrew Haswell Green Park is pictured here in a rendering. (CentralLandArch.com)

City Councilman Ben Kallos said the 8 Argus cameras will cost $336,000.

Kallos said he has always had concerns about cameras and how they might impact on a person’s privacy as well as how law enforcement uses them.

But said his constituents want them.

“No one objected during participatory budgeting,” Kallos said, referring to the process by which citizens have a say in how city money is spent. “People want them.”

He also recalled speaking with a police commander at an FDR pedestrian bridge earlier this year and witnessing the deterrence of cameras.

“Two people walked past us,’’ Kallos explained. “They said, ‘There’s security cameras there — let’s not go there.”

The cameras will link to the NYPD’s Domain Awareness System, the surveillance network of more than 18,000 inter-connected cameras — including those in the private sector — as well as law enforcement databases.

In August, the News reported that of the 2,626 Argus cameras at the time, only 388 were in the Bronx, where murders have spiked this year, about half as many as in Queens, where there were 766 Argus cameras. Manhattan was next with 690, followed by Brooklyn, with 614, and Staten Island, with 168.

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