5. Lamposts

In 1997 the Landmarks Commission designated sixty-two lampposts and four wall bracket lamps. These fixtures were part of the nearly 100 historic cat iron lamposts known to exist throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens at the time. The earliest lamps were gas-powered and date to the mid-nineteenth century. Electric lamps first appeared on Broadway in 1880. By 1930, the streets of New York were lined with a variety of ornate iron posts.

In the 1950s and 1960s, those decorative fixtures began to disappear. Nineteenth-century lights were largely replaced by modern steel and aluminum substitutes. You can discover where to find 5 of those historic lampposts here!