Back in 2011, I got a photo of this temporary lamppost on 2nd Avenue, placed by the Department of Transportation while 2nd Avenue was being ripped up to build the mid-branch of the 2nd Avenue Subway (actually a northern extension of the Q train until the entire line is built, presumably by 2200). The line was opened on January 1, 2017, and the DOT placed new “City Lights” models up the avenue. In a year or two, the process will begin again north of 96th Street, and the line is further extended to meet the Lexington lines (4, 5, 6) at 125th Street. That process will take about 8 or 9 years as the original tunneling did.
I loved these temporary poles. They’re just pipes with a couple of lamps stuck at the top. Yet, they’re sturdy enough to support one way signs, street signs, stoplights and pedestrian control signals. The city could have saved a lot of moo-la-dee if it just left these simple pipe lamps in place after the subway line opened!