Claw-Shaped Incandescent Fixture
Photo Gallery Streetlights
One-piece Reflector Moon
|One of the most common outerborough incandescent fixtures in NYC, through the 40's, 50's and 60's, were these crescent moon shaped open reflector types. Most latter-day incandescent era, sidestreet utility pole masts held them. They succeeded the older radial wave reflectors (The pinwheels) and both coexisted, along with their fellow incandescents, until the mercury invasion.|
To my knowledge,
these fixtures never appeared on freestanding poles, or major
roads, within NYC. They remained in strong numbers, on Long Island
and Westchester County, well past their death sentence in NYC.
To this day, there remain pockets of them, in both suburban areas.
One town that remains a hotbed of crescent moon activity is Ardsley, a village within the Westchester township of Greenburgh, just north of Yonkers. That's where I captured this. A veritable mob of the 'Moons still line many Ardsley streets.
At least two versions of the 'Moons exist here; the one-piece reflectors that resemble bird claws, like the photo above, and three-piece reflectors resembling Sherlock Holmes, or Admiral hats.