One of my most favorite ForgottenTours I ever did was in the summer of 2008. I did a Lamppost Tour of Lower Manhattan, accompanied by NYC’s King of Lampposts, Bob Mulero, who has since published a comprehensive look at NYC’s classic lamppost types. This was actually one of my most sparsely-attended tours back then — I had about 12 people along at a time when FNY tours were a little less frequent and routinely attracted 30 people or more.
But it was a great day and in the 10 years since, many of the lamps we saw that day have since been torn down, including this classic Type 24M Bishop Crook with an extended mast at State and Bridge Streets. We also took a look at some wall lamps along State and Nassau Streets, brand new Twins built to classsical specs at City Hall, some decades-old Corvingtons on Greenwich and Washington Street, and a beautifully restored Crook on Warren Street.
There were some strange one-offs, too, like this 4-headed beast outside 17 State Street at Pearl. This post, too, has since disappeared.
Should I do themed tours like this again? If so, let me know what you’d like. Meantime, my next tour is Sunday, June 10th, 2018, a look at Fordham and Belmont in the Bronx. Meet us 12 noon at the NE corner of Kingsbridge Road and Grand Concourse. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, but walkups are welcome too.