Request for distinctive street lighting
WHEREAS, The NYC Department of Transportation is seeking approval to complete Phase II of a Decorative Street Lighting Program in the Fashion Center district; and
WHEREAS, This plan will replace approximately 41 existing cobra head lampposts with decorative Bishop’s Crook lampposts in the core of the district (the side streets from 36th to 39th Streets between 6th and 8th Avenues); and
WHEREAS, The Bishop’s Crook lampposts are 26’ 7” tall and made of cast iron and the luminary is geographically closer to the sidewalk thereby giving off more light for pedestrians; and
WHEREAS, The lampposts are able to support banners and holiday lighting that is typically displayed around the city; and
WHEREAS, Council Speaker Christine Quinn has allocated $417,000 of Resolution A funds for the new fixtures; and
WHEREAS, This program was launched in the early 1990’s by the Fashion Center BID for the purposes of beautifying the streetscape and improving lighting throughout their district; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five approved the initial light fixtures and their installation and the DOT is proposing the same fixtures as are currently installed on the surrounding avenues; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of Phase II of the Fashion District Distinctive Street Lighting Program.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 35 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.