This dispatch in from the Brooklyn Heights Association:
We’re delighted to report that the historic Bishop’s Crook street lights are returning to the Brooklyn Heights Historic District- or at least to its southern portion.
Thanks to a federal grant awarded in 2010 under the auspices of Congresswoman Velazquez, and a 2009 City Council funds allocation sponsored by our then-Council Member David Yassky, we have enough monies to install approximately 60 historic lights.
As you may know – at least from photographs – Bishop’s Crooks were the basic lighting fixture in Brooklyn Heights from the first quarter of the 20th century up to their replacement with the modern steel and aluminum street lights (called “cobras”) in the early ‘60’s. The historic fixtures will hold modern high-efficiency LED bulbs and will cost the same to operate as the cobras they are replacing.
The Brooklyn Heights side of Atlantic Avenue is already lined with historic street lights, as is Montague Street.
The New York City DOT will replace the cobra poles with the cast-iron Bishop’s Crooks on streets south of Remsen Street and west of Clinton Street. Included in this first grid are Joralemon, Henry and Hicks Streets, between Atlantic Avenue and Remsen Street, and the Place streets in between. Already you’ll see evidence of the changeover as the Wellsbach Contracting Co. crews are selectively removing cobra poles to be replaced with the historic poles. It should be noted that, instead of doing all lights at once on any given block, they are gradually staggering the timing of the replacements to avoid leaving streets in the dark.
We hope one day to raise the money necessary to complete this project, and we are thrilled to be getting started with the installations this spring.
We invite you to join us on June 30 at 5:30 PM at an outdoor celebration of the light installations on Willow Place (mid-block). Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be on hand to speak and you’ll hear from others who were instrumental to this exciting project.
Refreshments will be served.