In the mid-20th Century, just when NYC was replacing its ornate cast iron and wrought iron posts with more sedate aluminum octagonal-shaped lampposts, Park Avenue got a set of posts all its own with a unique streamlined design featuring then-new greenish-white mercury lamps. They didn’t last too long, however, and by the mid-1960s they had all been supplanted by slot-shafted, curved-neck Donald Deskey posts. Similar lamps, though, can be found at either end of the Brooklyn-Battery (Hugh Carey) Tunnel.
The prominent building on the opposite side of Park Avenue is the 1918 Tennis and Racquet Club, desuigned by William Richardson.
It snowed frequently in the winter in NYC as recently as 2010-2011.
Photo courtesy Larry Rogak.