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Manhattan Community Board Five

Distinctive street lighting on the east side of Eighth Avenue on the north side of 42nd to 53rd Street

WHEREAS, The Times Square Alliance, with assistance from the Manhattan Borough President, has proposed a sidewalk lighting project which would add 23 new lighting arms to existing mid-block light poles on both sides of 8th Avenue between West 42nd Street and West 53rd Street; and

WHEREAS, The proposed pedestrian arms will be mounted approximately 14 feet up the poles and extend over the sidewalks; and

WHEREAS, The pedestrian arms and lights are modified versions of the existing “M Poles” and “Flatbush Streetlights” along 8th Avenue so that they will match the style of the existing lights; and

WHEREAS, This combination of arm and pole has been used in other parts of the City and is approved by the Department of Transportation; and

WHEREAS, The Board finds that the proposed plan would be an improvement over the inconsistent and often inadequate sidewalk lighting on 8th Avenue and would like to see the lighting extended to Columbus Circle; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board supports and approves of the Times Square Alliance plan to enhance pedestrian street lighting on 8th Avenue between West 42nd Street and West 53rd Street; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends that the Department of Transportation extend this lighting six additional blocks to Columbus Circle.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 26 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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