Back in 1995 Sholom Ber Goldstein contacted the Department of Transportation [DOT] and asked them if it was possible to upgrade the street lamps on Kingston Avenue with brighter light bulbs, at first they didn’t want to hear anything about it but after some work and persistent phone calls the DOT finally agreed but at a cost of the added electric bill of $32 per light pole per year and the maintenance fee.
The standard light fixtures installed by the DOT are built to maintain a 150 watt bulb which is normally installed as well was now upgraded thanks to efforts on R. Sholom Ber’s behalf to fixtures that can contain the new 400 watt bulbs.
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After getting the DOT to install the stronger fixtures and bulbs in 95 the DOT fell back into the use of the 150 watt bulbs after the contract had expired. Recently Sholom Ber asked the DOT if he could renew the contract and revert back to using the stronger bulbs to which the DOT agreed, it was at this point when he asked if we can do the same for Albany Ave. which the DOT decided to include as well, all that was needed was the payment of the $1000 a year bill for the upgrade.
Sholom Ber approached R. Moshe Rubashkin, Chairman of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council and asked him if the CHJCC can fund this project to which he responded with writing out a check on the spot.
The upgrades have been completed in the beginning of this past week. A CrownHeights.info reporter asked people walking on Albany and Kingston if they noticed any difference recently on the two Avenues which most weren’t able to pinpoint what exactly it was other then say that something was definitely different, a few of those asked immediately said that the streets were much brighter, the others who weren’t sure what it was that was different when told that the lights have been upgraded had simply said, ‘You’re right! You’re right!’
These upgrades come at a crucial time when car break-ins are out of control and people fear walking down the streets at night, this is definitely a step in the right direction. Hopefully we can look forward to this upgrade take place on all the streets in Crown Heights.