One of these years I’ll win a trivia contest and, as the grand prize, get as long as I want to run around the Department of Transportation Street Light Yard (that’s what they call it) on 37th Avenue just east of 43rd Street, south of the Long Island Rail Road tracks. This is where all the octagonal posts, Flushing Meadows lamps, Bishop Crooks, Corvingtons, Henry Bacon lamps and all the newer models streetlamps are stored, awaiting installation somewhere.
What the DOT really should do is make a mint producing and selling scale model representations of NYC streetlamps. I’d scoop them up faster than I did buying all the Roman Pizza from the local Key Food when I heard the brand was going out of business in August 1975. My stash lasted me till January.