The prettiest street lamps Herbert Muschamp's seen in a while; Photo - Vincent LaForet, NY TimesLast week, Herbert Muschamp went ga-ga over the new street lighting fixtures downtown, which were designed Cooper, Robertson and Partners. Muschamp goes on to say that he "usually resists" beautification projects and distrusts business improvement distracts, but he's extremely taken by the Alliance for Downtown NY's efforts with these street lamps, which he calls "lights at the end of my tunnel."

If you want to know what the darkness is, read the essay; Gothamist likes to call it "Portrait of the NY Times Architecture Critic As a Crazy Man."