From the Daily News:
A $4.7 million project to replace 500 working street lamps in Flatbush with antique reproductions has flamed out with residents, who charge the new fixtures don't work as well as the old ones and cost nearly three times as much.
The antique lights, which are called bishop's crooks, cost about $10,000 to purchase and install. Standard streetlights cost about $4,000.
About 250 of the 500 antique lights have been installed since this spring on Ditmas Ave., Westminster Road and Beverly Road.
So far, most Flatbush residents haven't seen the light when it comes to the fancy new lamps.
"It's a beautiful thing, but they aren't very bright," said Murray Fink, 84, who added that the new lamps near his apartment on Westminster Road were swapped out this spring. "On the corner, they need [the old lamps]."
Drivers are also irked by new fixtures: Traffic signs on the new lights are hung about 2 feet higher than on standard poles because of their design.
"The parking signs are too high," said Ronald Joseph, a teacher who parks near his Ditmas Park apartment. "They're hard to see."
Residents also said buckling sidewalks and potholes should be tended to before paying for the fancy new lights.