150 Mercer Street, street light in front of building
surviving Shepherd's Crook street light
Once a standard light fixture on city streets, only a few cast iron lampposts still exist in SoHo. (Another light stands at 542 Broadway.)
After 1903 this “Shepherd’s Crook” design became a standard feature throughout the city when several different companies elected to use the single pendant light. Gooseneck electric lights supplanted gas street lamps and were themselves replaced by modern aluminum high-intensity lights in the early 1960s, when the city switched from incandescent to mercury vapor lighting. In recent years, the city has installed new street lights that replicate the original cast iron design.