Type 1 BC with Type 24A Curved Crook at Centre St. & Walker St.All photos by Robert Mulero

After we published our article on 5 types of historic lampposts in NYC, we heard from the veritable Robert Mulero, who has been documenting the city’s lampposts since the 1970s. He wrote us, “I was called from The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in March of 1997 to testify for these old lampposts. I have photos of old and new lampposts going back to 1977.” Mulero was born on the Lower East Side and tells Untapped that he had “this love for street lights” since he was 5 years old. He remembers distinctly in 1962 when the lights on his street were removed and replaced by modern ones.

Mulero kindly offered to share with us his collection of vintage photographs of the Type 1 Bishop’s Crook lampposts which were manufactured by the J.L. Mott Iron Works of New York and served by the Thomas Edison Company. According to Forgotten New York, the Type 1 Bishop’s Crook was designed by Richard Rogers Bowker, an executive at Edison.  Besides the beautiful curved design (many you see today are recreations or replacements), it’s fun to see the old cars, yellow street signs and store signage in the photographs. Check them out below!


Type 1 BC at Broadway-1

Centre Street and Walker Street with a Type 24A curved crook (now removed):

Type 1 BC at Centre St. & Walker St.

E. 48th Street (now removed):Type 1 BC at E. 48th St.

E. 46th Street:

Type 1 BC with Type 24A Curved Crook at E. 46th St.

W. 10th at Patchin Place:Type 1 BC at Patchin Pl., part a

Patchin Place: Type 1 BC at Patchin Pl., part b

Type 1 BC at Patchin Pl., part c

Patchin Place:Type 1 BC at Patchin Pl., part d

Bottom of a base:

Type 1 BC bottom of base

City Hall:Type 1 BC Curved crook at City Hall

Type 1 BC with Type 24A Curved Crook only at City Hall Park

E 48th Street:Type 1 BC Curved Crook at E. 48th St.

Symbol of Edison Illuminating Company:

Type 1 BC simble of NYE Company on base

Symbol of City of New York on a base:

Type 1 BC simble of the City of New York on base
10th Avenue (now removed):

Type 1 BC, 10th Avenue

Riverside Drive:

Type 1 BC, Riverside Drive, part a

Type 1 BC, Riverside Drive, part b Type 1 BC, Riverside Drive, part c Type 1 BC,Riverside Drive, part d

Mulero graduated from the High School of Art & Design, worked for the New York State Insurance fund, retired and now works part time for Metro-North. He’s a toy collector and tells us, “yes, I do have street lights in my collection.” Read more about NYC’s landmarked historic lampposts here!

5 thoughts on “Vintage Photos: NYC’s Historic Bishop’s Crook Lampposts

  1. ForgottenNewYork.Com is the definitive source for information on New York’s legendary cast-iron lampposts.

    The one at Patchin Place (my old neighborhood) was hit by a truck and saved by the library across the street, and restored to stand guard over their lot.

    The little brace on some of the lampposts is to enable maintenance workers (once they get the ladder in place) to climb higher to do their work.

    I grew up with one on my corner. Logically, the City tore it down. I was four. I was devastated.

  2. … i should while i’m here say i’m a moderate-to-big fan of the subject `bishops crook’ design. up here on the otherwise quite acceptble coast-of-maine, the next door town of camden installed some years back the most awful light posts imaginable, with a large percentage of the light output lost to the horzontal and the SKY. post
    placements are not in-phase with x-walks or corners, the color temp of the bulbs is also quite awful, and there’s no sched of lamp replacement. this in a town that certainly is not poor /and/ thinks itself smart. bah! … -r

  3. The photo of the lightpost at Walker & Center Street, features a front view of a Peugeot 404 which were excellent medium – sized sedans.

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