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FAREWELL TO A CROOK – Forgotten New York


Whenever I’m in lower Manhattan, if I can I check on one of FNY’s favorite talismans: what has been the last remaining wall-mounted Bishop Crook lamppost in New York City. Wall-mounted lamps are scattered around Manhattan and Brooklyn and are located on narrow streets and narrow sidewalks, where there might not be enough room to place a full-size lamppost.

The wall bracket Bishop Crook matches the intricately wrought ironwork of the full-sized Crook, but adds two stylized masts to attach it to a building. In this case, the original Acorn-type pendant lamp was replaced in the 1950s by a Westinghouse AK-10 “cuplight” with an incandescent bulb. The glass reflector bowl has been missing for a couple of decades.

It is affixed to the rear end of a Pace University building that originally  was the home of the NY Times newspaper, constructed in 1889 [George Post, arch.] After the Times moved uptown in 1905, the building gained a couple of floors. Pace purchased it in 1952.

Unfortunately on my walk up Nassau Street this weekend, I found my old pal had left, leaving a couple of marks where the brackets attached to the wall. I hope it’s in some treasure-seeker’s possession and hasn’t been tossed on the scrap heap. Perhaps the Department of Transportation has it in storage and will replace it later…I can but hope.


Check out the ForgottenBook, take a look at the gift shop, and as always, “comment…as you see fit.”

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