How much federal stimulus money does it take to change a lightbulb? Brooklyn Heights Association President Judy Stanton brokered a $650,000 deal in order to replace the already functioning streetlamps in Brooklyn Heights with more old timey looking ones. How quaint!
The Daily News reports that the "upscale neighborhood is getting 65 new streetlamps this fall at $10,000 a pop. But they're not just any run-of-the-mill streetlamps; these will be fashioned with filigreed bishop's crooks to make them look like antique streetlamps." All in all, they hope to replace 229 lights for a whopping grand total of $2.7 million!
As one might imagine, this is not settling well with many people beyond Councilman David Yassky, Rep. Nydia Velazquez and Stanton herself. Locals have called it a waste of money; one telling the paper, "The money should be spent fixing the potholes—they're the worst. I wish for better roads every time I get in a car." And another declared, "It's not right. They should give that money to the homeless. There are a lot of shelters that could use help."