Today in LES History: Forerunner of Con Edison Receives its Charter from the State

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 at 8:11 am by

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1823 – The New York Gas Light Company received its charter from the State Legislature. Headquartered at 102 Centre Street, the utility was tasked with replacing the whale-oil street lamps which were common since the 1760s. Their reach was the territory south of Grand Street.

The advent of electric lighting in 1879 changed everything. Five years later, the New York Gas Light Company consolidated with other similar companies (i.e. rivals), eventually evolving into what is now Con Edison.

Today in LES History is compiled by Lower East Side History Project, an award-winning non-profit organization which offers research, consulting and daily public and private walking tours. See the full schedule here: http://leshp.org.

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