It looks like the first lamppost produced by industrial design firm Thomas Phifer and Partners, the winner of the City Lights contest administered by the Museum of the City of New York to replace the familiar octagonal pole with cobra head or straight mast lamppost has been installed on Church Street near Warren, south of the WTC site.

Eschewing the “head” or luminaire that previous lamp models have had going back to electric lampposts’ beginnings in the 1890s, the post sports a grooved shaft that would suppost signage, once they are applied.

The base is bottle-shaped and displays the manufacturer, Lumec. I don’t know if the date of installation will be stamped on these posts, as it is on the octa-poles.

No question, it’s the most revolutionary lamp design since the first curve-necked, groove-shafted Donald Deskey post first appeared on Broadway and Murray Street in 1958. Without a “head,” though, these posts don’t have much of a personality. The entire bottom side of the mast is lined with lamps, unlike light emanating from a single head as has been done previously.

Will flocks of these posts take over the streets? Wait and see.


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12 Responses to YEAR 2011 LAMPPOSTS

  1. Dan says:

    Looks expensive, and how will the lamps be changed. Sodium vapor or metal halide?

  2. David says:

    What kind of light is emitted? Does it use a more modern type of bulb, light LED or Halogen?

  3. Micael says:

    Absolutely love the site. Isn’t Warren & Church NORTH of the WTC site?

  4. Jason says:

    Where does the light come out of this thing? Can you get a dusk photo after it’s come on?

  5. John O'Connell says:

    The new lamppost is weird looking…I would like the city to use a modern verson of the 60’s silverliners or cobra necks would look so much better and peserve the history and look of NYC for younger generations

  6. John Murtha says:

    1)So what are the 2 cables for looks like the same set up as the Traffic Lights?

    2) Seems like this city has more than it share of different Street Light Designs.

  7. somebody says:

    I like that new streetlight; it surely beats the unoriginal cobra poles that are widespread to NYC

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  9. John Murtha says:

    The Top of the Pole looks like and expensive Pen.

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