Many Chinatowns around the USA make full use of local decor, even down to the directional signs and lampposts, and beginning in 1964 or so, NYC began to add its own Chinatown flavor in its lampposts.
“Special batches” of Chinatown-styled streetlamps, in which an AK-10 Westinghouse cuplight was clad in a pagoda-shaped shade, survived until the mid-1970s, but the Department of Transportation never bothered to replace them when a shade dropped off; a new GE M400 or Westy Silverliner took their places. In addition, the original poles, exclusively Donald Deskey SLECOs, were painted gold, instead of the silvery grey most NYC lamps sport, as in the above photo of the Bowery at Pell Street in 1964.
In the 1990s the DOT decided to give the pagoda shades another go, and new versions went up on a variety of lamppost styles, including regulation octagonal-shafted poles, the dominant style in NYC. Many of these have survived, including this one on Mulberry Street alongside Columbus Park in the former Five Points region.
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