Essex Street Residents Protesting Lower East Side BID Light Swap

Posted on: January 23rd, 2012 at 6:28 am by

A group of Essex Street residents is quite displeased by current plans to upgrade lighting along the thoroughfare. As we reported last month, the Lower East Side BID received a grant from the Borough President’s office to trade up the iconic Bishop’s Crook for the more antiseptic “WM” poles. At the time, Bob Zuckerman and company presented their proposal to the transportation committee of Community Board 3, but received quite a bit of static from the aforementioned residents.

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This small enclave of Lower East Siders is actually organized under the Essex Street Block Association, composed of residents and business owners south of Grand Street. The vehement opposition hinges on the argument of neighborhood character; by swapping the Bishop’s Crook lightpoles, the personality of the area will be further squandered. Not to mention, this area of real estate technically resides outside the jurisdiction of the BID.

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Now they’re organizing to rally against these plans at the next board meeting tomorrow. The mission:

We want to retain the Bishop’s Crook fixtures that run between Grand and Canal Street on the west side of Essex. They are appropriate to the historic nature of the area and a beautiful part of our streetscape.

The meeting is tomorrow night at Henry Street Settlement Youth Services Gymnasium; 301 Henry Street, 6 pm.

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