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The NYPD’s SkyWatch towers — now mofidied to fit vans with surveillance platforms extending from the roof — have become a ubiquitious fixture in the city, especially in areas where there’s lot of tourists or poor people. Artist Zaq Landsberg is so discomforted by the platforms which were originally designed for border protection that he was inspired to […]

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The NYPD recently purchased and deployed four new mobile surveillance towers to monitor the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Unlike the SkyWatch towers the department has used in the past, TerraHawk Mobile Utility Surveillance Towers (M.U.S.T.) are self-contained and mobile, with a surveillance platform that extends out of the back of a conversion van. “We believe […]

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As more and more people descend on Times Square to enjoy the newly created pedestrian spaces and temporary cheap furniture, it was inevitable that the NYPD would dispatch one of their citizen-surveilling towers. This SkyWatch turret was posted up on Broadway and 47th Street to keep a intrusively observant eye over tourists and transient New […]

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The menacing, elevated surveillance platform known as SkyWatch is back! The Orwellian contraption was deployed by the NYPD last night at S 4th St. and Roebling St., near an entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge. It was strategically placed in that location to not only watch the people, but the vehicles headed to Manhattan also. Unlike […]

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While many of the NYPD’s SkyWatch systems utilize self-contained generators for power, others, like this one in Times Square, draws its electricity from NYC streetlights making it particularly vulnerable to sabotage. One snip of the extension cord and this people peeping platform can be incapacitated rather easily. Click below for close-up photos of the highly […]

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As the ominous mobile surveillance system known as SkyWatch continues to invade the city’s neighborhoods, we decided to take a closer look at both the privacy invading people watcher and the company responsible for it. ICx Technologies (Nasdaq GS:ICXT) is a weapons manufacturer enabler and SkyWatch is just one item in its stable of military […]

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As promised by a beat cop last month, the people peeping SkyWatch tower has been removed from Graham Avenue. The 20 foot retractable perch originally designed for spotting illegal aliens has become an increasingly common fixture in the NYPD’s surveillance arsenal and was deployed in early August to supposedly help reduce a recent string of […]

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