December 19, 2013
The City's latest milestone in street lighting debuted on Harlem's historic 125th street to a gathering of community members and leaders. The design is a collaboration from architecture firm Thomas Phifer and Partners, lighting design firm Office for Visual Interaction and engineering firm Werner Sobek, who were all winners of an international design competition held by the Department of Design and Construction. The City Light is a distinctive street fixture that provides crisper light through light-emitting diodes (LED).
"This new LED light pole adds a truly modern fixture to DOT's stable of street fixtures. The new pole has a slim, elegant design and the LED lamp uses light, with better color and less upward light pollution than older technology lamps, all of which make for a safer and more pleasant street environment," said DDC Commissioner David Burney.
This is just the first of 64 City Lights to be installed between Fifth and Morningside avenues, replacing the existing 1960s-era design and improving the quality of life for thousands of residents, visitors, and business owners.