By COLlive reporter
New LED lighting was installed in 6 locations on Kingston Avenue on Tuesday, as the NYC Department of Transportation is testing if they meet the needs of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn.
The new lighting was being installed Tuesday afternoon, activist R’ Sholom Ber Goldstein told COLlive.
“Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Keith Bray understand our community’s unique needs, and have arranged for the testing of these new brighter lamps to see if they are bright enough for our needs,” Goldstein said.
“They will monitor the brightness and security level of these lamps, and if not enough, the plan is to try a higher wattage until we find the right one,” he said.
The new lights are being installed in the middle of each block of Kingston Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard.
Goldstein has been petitioning the city to re-install brighter lights throughout Kingston and Albany Avenues, which had been removed 6 months ago.
“It’s critical that the city take care of this as soon as possible,” Goldstein said. “The summer is over, the kids are back, and daylight hours are getting shorter,” he said.
“Until this is resolved, I would like to recognize the store owners who have kept their lights on after closing time for better security for our community,” Goldstein said. “Raskin’s Fruits, Pinson Hardware, Gombo’s Bakery, Eber’s Wine, Sweet Expressions, and others deserve our thanks, as well as Eli Cohen and Chanina Sperlin of the CHJCC and donor Yerachmiel Jacobson for their help and support.