From the Daily News:
Let there be light - expensive light - on the streets of Brooklyn Heights, some locals say.
The upscale neighborhood is getting 65 new streetlamps this fall at $10,000 a pop - paid for with federal stimulus money.
But they're not just any run-of-the-mill streetlamps; these will be fashioned with filigreed bishop's crooks to make them look like antique streetlamps.
And, they cost three times as much as the perfectly functional lights they're replacing.
"I'm not going to apologize for it," said Brooklyn Heights Association President Judy Stanton, who helped broker the $650,000 deal. "I think it's a valid use of stimulus money."
Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn Heights) is responsible for earmarking $250,000 of the money for retro lamps to be installed by the city Department of Transportation, and Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) has promised another $400,000 by the fall.
In all, the Brooklyn Heights Association hopes to replace 229 neighborhood lights at a total cost of $2.7 million.