I haven’t got much today in Forgotten New York, so I’ll go back to its roots and talk about what got me interested in infrastructure.
I enjoy seeing overburdened utility poles, carrying dozens of wires, signs, and fixtures. This pole at Dewitt Avenue and Hinsdale Street in New Lots fills the bill adequately, carrying power lines, telephone lines, a finned mast carrying what must be its third or fourth light fixture, a Cooper VRDN LED, installed in 2014 or so, complete with a “top hat” fire alarm indicator that is lit bright red all day and night.
There’s also a bracketed stoplight mast, standard issue in NYC for stoplights mounted on telephone poles since the 1950s at least, and the piece de resistance is the scrolled mast carrying a pendant orange fire alarm indicator. The city decommissioned all of these about 12-15 years ago when the “top hats” arrived. To me, the small orange cylinders did a much better job, since the red lights in the top hats tend to get washed out in close proximity to the brighter LEDs.
I’m not an engineer, though, and they don’t pay me the big money to write about lamps, I just enjoy it.