The City, in its infinite stupidity, has yanked up by the roots on of the metropolis' last original Bishop's Crook Lampposts. It stood at State and Bridge opposite Battery Park and, according to Forgotten New York, "in late 2009 the Department of Transportation installed a regulation octagonal-shafted aluminum post next to it, and you had the feeling the Crook's days were numbered. They were -- the DOT removed the Type 24M post in February 2010."
This, even thought "DOT has been spending a couple of decades installing retro versions of the major genres of old-fashioned NYC lampposts that dominated the streets from 1910-1950 -- bishop crooks, long-armed Corvingtons, Twinlamps and Type F reverse-scrolls." Smart, huh?