Let there be historic lights
Since June 14, the Department of Transportation has installed 16 historic Shepards crook lampposts on the Lower East Side. By the end of August, there will be 84 of these 19th century-style lampposts located on Orchard through Essex Sts. between Houston and Canal Sts. The funding for the lampposts was requested from the city and federal government by the Lower East Side Business Improvement District in 1997. The installation has taken so long, said BID spokesperson Sideya Sherman, because the money used was part of a federal grant the BID had been given as part of the capital improvement campaign for the Allen St. mall and for the lighting in the district. It had to go through a lot of agencies to get to us, Sherman said. Sherman said that while she didnt know if the Shepards crook style had been used in the L.E.S in the past, the BID chose it because theyre really interesting looking. Its such a historic district, so its appropriate to use something older looking. And its a nice way to help beautify the area.