The Department of Transportation has announced the winning design for its City Lights competition, which was meant to "seek out and identify new ideas for public street lighting" and "obtain the flexibility to apply an integrated streetlight design on a block-by-block, street-by-street, or district-by-district basis within the city's five boroughs." The winning design is from Thomas Phifer and Partners. The visualization of the design, above, shows a simple design with thin wires arms supporting the arch of the light. It's attractive, but Gothamist also really likes the designs from second place Skidmore Owings & Merrill: An elegant curve over streets or more lantern like lamps in rendering of the promenade in Central Park.
Check out the many old NYC streetlamp designs at Forgotten NY.