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Project Firebox, 4430 – photo by Mitch Waxman

This curiously intact specimen, untrammeled despite its industrial location, was observed on the corner of 49th street and Astoria Blvd. near the witch crossed St. Michael’s cemetery.


Mayor Bloomberg wants to extinguish fire alarm boxes from city streets.

Bloomberg pitched the fiery move this week as part of his budget for fiscal year 2011, saying it would save FDNY $2.5 million.

Since 85% of calls made through the street boxes are false alarms, Bloomberg said, “In the days where everybody has cell phones … the city would be just as safe without them.”

Only 140 structural fires last year out of 26,666 were first called in through an alarm box – and phone calls on those fires came in after the boxes were pulled, according to the FDNY.

But a change in the law is needed to scrap the 15,000 boxes because in 1997 a federal judge said such a move violates the civil rights of the deaf.

Written by Mitch Waxman

May 24, 2010 at 12:05 am

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