Volume 74, Number 13 | July 28 - August 03 , 2004

Let there be historic lights

Since June 14, the Department of Transportation has installed 16 historic Shepard’s 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 didn’t know if the Shepard’s crook style had been used in the L.E.S in the past, the BID chose it because “they’re really interesting looking. It’s such a historic district, so it’s appropriate to use something older looking. And it’s a nice way to help beautify the area.”

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